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2019 Interview Dates

Nov 18-19

Our cocktail reception is the evening of November 18 and half of our applicants will interview between the hours of 2:30-5p, prior to the reception on November 18

DEC 5-6

Our cocktail reception is the evening of December 5 and half of our applicants will interview between the hours of 2:30-5p, prior to the reception on December 5

DEC 11-12

Our cocktail reception is the evening of December 11 and half of our applicants will interview between the hours of 2:30-5p, prior to the reception on December 11.



In order to apply, you must complete the Common Application Form (CAF) on ERAS including the following:

  1. Dean’s Letter aka MSPE
  2. Medical student transcript with current surgery grades
  3.  At least 3 letters of recommendation
  4. We are flexible with letters of recommendation and understand that not all 3 letters will be in by our deadline
  5. Personal statement
  6. USMLE Step 1 scores
    1. Our program has not established score minimums for USMLE part 1 results
    2. Step 2 scores are not a requirement but should be shared if you have them
  7. Color photo

Application Deadline

Our program utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  If interested in applying, please coordinate with the Dean’s office at your medical school to submit your application materials via ERAS.

Our application deadline is SEPTEMBER 24. No exceptions. 

Foreign Medical Graduates

Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada :

  1. We only sponsor J1 Visas
  2. Must have a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  3. No more than 2 years out of medical school
  4. At least 1 year of US clinical experience required
  5. We cannot offer an interview unless you meet all of our qualifications

Foreign graduates of medical schools within the United States and Canada : H1B Visas are sponsored at the program's discretion. 

To obtain additional information about international medical school graduate qualifications, visit our GME website.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) Benefits

To obtain information about benefits and house-staff policies, please visit our GME website.



Standard Categorical Track (5+2)

Residents in the 5+2 track receive 5 clinical years of complex surgical training culminating in the Chief year. Over the five years there is a progressive advancement of complexity and responsibility taken on by the residents.  They are capable being independent surgeons at the end of this time period.  

In addition these residents take two years of Professional Development time after their second year.  The goal of these two years is to develop an expertise in a field of surgery that will distinguish each resident from others when they graduate.  In the past residents have used this time period to join basic science laboratories, obtain other advanced degrees, complete a Surgical Education Fellowship,etc.  

NRMP Code 1820440C0

Stanford Accelerated Surgeon Scientist (SASS) Categorical Track

We have reserved one spot for the SASS track which is comprised of the same 5 clinical years of surgical training as the standard track and no Professional Development time.  Applicants interested in this position must specifically rank the SASS track on their match list for the NRMP and make it clear to our program that they would like to be considered for this position by contacting our residency coordinator, Anita Hagan or by selecting the SASS track in ERAS.

We are seeking applicants who have made significant contributions to a scientific field and are interested in applying for government grants immediately after completing their clinical training.  SASS track residents will be assigned both clinical and research mentors to help guide their careers. Candidates that are competitive for this position would include those that have previously earned a PhD and successfully published their work.

NRMP Code 1820440C1


Preliminary PGY1 Track

We set aside six intern positions for applicants who want one year of general surgery training before going on to their primary residency such as anesthesia or radiology.  We make every effort to ensure that the rotation schedules for preliminary surgery interns are similar to the categorical schedules.  We can account for most specialty specific rotation requests.

PGY 1 prelim interviews are scheduled as phone interviews; interviews take place in December.

NRMP Code 1820440P0


We compiled a list of FAQs from our applicants.

Should you have additional questions, please contact Anita Hagan, our Program Manager. 

More Info

Anita Hagan, Program Manager

If you have any questions not answered here about the General Surgery residency program, contact Anita Hagan below. 

Tel: 650-725-2181
Fax: 650-724-9806