Applying to our Program

For those interested in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at the University of South Alabama, applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) no later than October 1st of each academic year.  Each applicant must have the following documents on file no later than the stated deadline:

ERAS Application -- October 1st
Personal Statement -- October 1st
Medical school transcript -- October 15th
MSPE -- October 15th
USMLE Transcript -- October 15th
Letters of Recommendation -- October 15th

The decision to offer an applicant an interview is completed by mid-October.  Each applicant will receive an email giving the status of their application:  invited for an interview, placed on the wait list, or a notice of rejection.  Applicants on the wait list will be contacted a second time to offer them an interview slot that has opened or to notify them that the interview process has ended.  For the 2017 Match, the University of South Alabama Department of Orthopaedic Surgery received over 450 applications for it's three PGY-1 residency slots. 

Interviews are typically held the first three Friday's of December. 


  1. All applicants participating in the couples Match must list their partner's name and specialty on their application.
  2. Any applicant not having taken both Step 2CK and Step 2CS by December 1st should send an email indicating the scheduled test dates for both exams.
  3. Any applicant who has not passed Step 2CK by the time the rank list is due will not be ranked.
  4. Each applicant should submit four LoRs.  We do not require a department chair or program director letter, nor do we require that the letters should all be from the surgical field.
  5. The University of South Alabama Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will not be accepting applications from students who are enrolled in or have graduated from foreign medical schools beginning with the 2016 Match.


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:

University of South Alabama Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
ATTN: Rhonda B. Smith, GME Program Coordinator
1601 Center Street   Suite 3160
Mobile, Alabama 36604
Telephone: (251) 665-8251
Fax: (251) 665-8265

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