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General Surgery Residency FAQs

How do I apply for your program?

Candidates for PGY-1 positions:

Applications are accepted beginning in mid-September for the following year's class. The deadline for completed General Surgery applications is December 30. Our programs are accepting only electronic applications through ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service). The required documents for an application are the same as ERAS (two letters of recommendation, the Dean's letter, formal transcripts, USMLE/COMLEX transcripts and a personal statement). We would like at least one of the letters to be from a physician in the specialty you are applying for.

Do You Have USMLE Minimum Score Requirements For Step 1 And 2?

Applicants must have passed USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Step 1 and have taken both components of Step 2 or the COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination) Level 1 and have taken both components of Level 2. For standardized test scores, those candidates who have passed both step 1/step 2 USMLE or level 1/level 2 COMLEX with high scores on the first attempt will be considered more competitive in that category.

What is the size of your program?

The General Surgery program has been approved for 19 residents (three categorical slots for PGY 1-5 with three preliminary PGY-1 slots and one preliminary PGY-2).

What makes Grand Strand Medical Center a good choice for a surgical resident?

There is a busy robotics program currently in place at Grand Strand Medical Center. Operative experience begins in the first year in a humane and supportive environment. Additionally, Grand Strand Medical Center sees over 2,300 trauma patients annually and has a robust acute care surgical practice.

Is there a research program?

Our faculty is currently involved in several research projects. Additionally, there will be research support available at Grand Strand Medical Center.

If I have questions, who can I contact?

Please contact Sherri Mountain, GME General Surgery Program Coordinator, at (843) 692-1595.