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Residency Program FAQs

I am very interested in your program, but am apprehensive about applying to osteopathic surgical programs that have yet to have submitted an application for the Single Accreditation System. What is your status?    

We are proud to announce that we were among the first nine AOA Surgical Residency Programs to have successfully achieved Initial Accreditation from the ACGME under the new Single Accreditation System through the ACGME, AOA, and ACOS. The ACGME also has a public list of programs that have currently applied under the SAS and AACOM has an informative webinar for students considering application to osteopathic programs as well. 


How many attempts to pass the COMLEX steps are accepted?    

COMLEX score: 465 (80%) or higher; 1st attempt is preferred.


What if I have not completed all of my COMLEX exams?

Please be sure to include the results of all exams that you have completed and denote on the application whether any missing exams have been scheduled yet. It is a MA state requirement that COMLEX 1, 2, and 2 PE have all been completed and passed in order to obtain a medical license, therefore all three exams MUST have been completed and passed prior to May in order to ensure sufficient time to apply for a limited medical license.


How long since graduating from Medical School is acceptable?

You must have graduated within five (5) years of applying to the program.


How many recommendation letters are required?

Three (3) letters are required in addition to a Dean’s Letter.


Do recommendation letters have to be from institutions/physicians within the United States?

No, your recommendation letters do not have to come from locations in the United States, but we do strongly encourage that most, if not all, of your letters are from surgeons.


How many positions to you offer per year?

We offer two (2) categorical positions per year.


How many ERAS applications do you receive?

We receive approximately 200 applications a year.


When is your application deadline?

The deadline to apply to our program is December 1st.


When do you schedule interviews?

Interviews are scheduled from October - December.


How can I apply to your program?

We accept applications ONLY via ERAS. Please do not send any applications via email, fax, or phone.

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