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Application Process

Eligibility

Medical students and candidates interested in applying for categorical and preliminary residency training in General Surgery should be familiar with the following policy regarding recruitment, eligibility and selection.

Our goal is to recruit, train and retain physicians committed to excellence in General Surgery, who will promote, practice and respect the mission of Grand Strand Medical Center. Recruitment of PGY-1 candidates is through ERAS and our program participates in the NRMP selection process. PGY-2 and above candidates may forward their application by e-mail. For PGY-1 candidates, you must have graduated from medical school within the past 5 years.

What you will need:

1. Medical School

A. LCME (Liaison Committee of Medical Education) graduates:

  • Eligible for Doctor of Medicine diploma without reservations
  • Dean's Letter
  • Letter from residency program director (if applicable)
  • Successfully passed USMLE I and USMLE II (United States Medical Licensing Examination) at first attempt with a score of 205 (Step I) and a score of 210 (Step II)
  • Transcript directly from the FSMB (Federation of State Medical Boards)
  • Acceptable explanation of any break in education (if applicable)
  • Demonstrated written and spoken fluency in English language
  • Proof of Citizenship or resident alien status as required by Human Resources

B. AOA Graduates:

  • Eligible for Doctor of Osteopathy diploma without reservations
  • Dean's Letter
  • Letter from residency program director (if applicable)
  • Successfully passed USMLE I and USMLE II (United States Medical Licensing Examination) at first attempt with a score of 205 (Step I) and a score of 210 (Step II)
  • Transcript directly from the FSMB (Federation of State Medical Boards) (if applicable)
  • Acceptable explanation of any break in education (if applicable)
  • Demonstrated written and spoken fluency in English language
  • Proof of citizenship or resident alien status as required Human Resources

2. ERAS Application

Completed application through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service), through the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges), and participation in the NRMP (National Resident Match Program) match:

  • Online application
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three letters of recommendation by surgeons
  • USMLE/COMLEX scores, Part I and II
  • Photograph

3. Interview

A personal interview at Grand Strand Medical Center with the General Surgery program is required for applicants who wish to be considered for a residency position. The interview process is conducted as follows:

  • The applicant reports to the first meeting location at the time designated in the invitation letter
  • The applicant is interviewed by: The Program Director, select General Surgery faculty, subspecialty preceptors and others as selected by the program
  • The applicant tours Grand Strand Medical Center facilities and has lunch

Each interview completes an evaluation form which includes four areas:

  • Presentation
  • Attitude/Maturity/Motivation
  • Educational Background
  • Ability to function as a house officer and fit in as a team-player

The candidate files are reviewed and screened by the selection committee, program director and residency coordinator. The following criteria are utilized:

  • Personal statement
  • Transcript score
  • Dean's Letter
  • USMLE scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Input from resident interaction with applicant

**The program director may permit the waiver of one or more of these requirements under special circumstances.

4. Reasons for Ineligibility

Applicant does not demonstrate sufficient commitment to the specialty of General Surgery, included but not limited to:

  • No advanced-level electives during medical school
  • No letters of support from surgeons
  • Applicant did not present favorable impression to faculty, resident physicians and/or residency coordinator during elective time or interview process
  • Quality of interaction during preliminary contact with staff suggests incompatibility with the mission and values of the program and hospital
  • Quality of personal statement (content, typographical and grammatical errors), including no obvious commitment to General Surgery
  • Limited verbal and written English skills, including the inability to write clearly and legibly

Applicants must have successfully participated in formal clinical training, medical school, residency training, or full-time clinical practice within the last 24 months (from date of application to the residency program)