Surgery Residency Match

This page is intended to help surgery applicants to ease their way to a successful match on the first try. Please read carefully as every sentence is very essential and important. This page is a summary of all the helpful information and required books,

How many years is surgery residency?

Surgery residency is a 5 years program.

What are the average scores for AMGs and IMGs who match in Surgery residency?

The average scores for AMGs who matched in Surgery in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 227 and 238 respectively.

For IMGs who matched in Surgery the average scores in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 227 and 232 respectively.

What are the interview questions for Surgery?

The surgery residency interview questions you will be asked are divided into 2 groups:

1- The Questions specific for surgery interviews, your answers to these questions will determine your position in the match rank, this is the link:

Surgery Residency Interview Questions and Answers

2- The general questions (common to all specialties) which you will be asked by the program director, faculty and chief residents. These questions are common in whatever specialty your are interviewing and are posted for free on this link: Interview Tips and Tricks: The Successful Match

What are the match statistics for Surgery?

About 80% of positions offered in the match go to AMGs and about 20% of positions go to IMGs. About 80% of AMGs who apply do match and about 27% of IMGs who apply do successfully match, with some extra IMGs also getting positions through the post match SOAP.

What should AMGs do to increase their chances to match in Surgery?

During your medical school rotations try to schedule your electives mainly in surgery to get touch-base with the attendings so you will get LORs from them later on. Also you need a book to impress the faculty you are interacting with and increase your knowledge at the same time. Most people who match will have the ** The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook **. During interviews, at most of them, you will be asked about surgery books you have read, and having the answer ready, as above, will further push your ranking up in the NRMP match.


What should IMGs do to increase their chances in matching in Surgery?

Doing observerships and getting US LORs is an important part of your ERAS application where program directors will be looking for such information.

We also strongly recommend that you have the same book as AMGs in your shelf, namely the ** The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook ** as above. Applicants are also differentiated based on the knowledge and their interest in the domain they are applying to, so be ready.

Also, IMGs should apply to the same programs where we helped their peers to match in the previous years, these programs are found in many states as described in the below mentioned list. This is the full list of the IMG friendly surgery residency programs in pdf form which you can easily download it to your computer or any other device from amazon: Surgery IMG Friendly Residency Programs List

Other specialties

I matched already, what should I do to survive surgery residency?

To survive surgery residency you will need to get some books which are needed to build up your knowledge and other books to help you pass the inservice and board exams. These books are traditionally recommended by program directors and widely used by residents, you can find them here:
** Recommended Surgery Books **