Application Process

All application information must be submitted to the Department of Surgery through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). All eligible applications are accepted. The application deadline is November 20, 2015.

Medical Education

  • Graduates of LCME-approved US and Canadian medical schools
  • International Medical Graduates who have valid ECFMG certificates of who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by and LCME-accredited medical school
  • Graduates of American Osteopathic Assoc accredited Osteopathic Medical Schools

Visa Status

Visa status for international Medical Graduates must fall within the following categories

  • Eligible to seek J-1 visa
  • Permanent Resident or Alien status (i.e. "greencard")
  • In accordance with UT GME guidelines, this program does not sponsor residents for "H" type visas.

Resident Selection / Applicant Eligibility (GME Policy #110)

Interviews are required for consideration. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview via e-mail in September.  Please be sure to include your e-mail address as part of your ERAS application.

Applicants are selected for interviews based on:

  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores

To ensure that all residents/fellows meet minimal standards, the Graduate Medical Education Program requires that all residents/fellows entering any Memphis-based graduate medical education program sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Medicine on or after July 1, 2009 must have passed USMLE Steps 1 and 2 (CK and CS) or equivalent examinations (COMLEX-USA or MCCQE).

Any Agreement of Appointment or offer letter will be contingent upon passing Steps 1 and 2 (or equivalent exams). Each resident/fellow is responsible for providing copies of passage of Steps 1 and 2 (CK and CS) or equivalent examinations to the program director and GME Office and will not be allowed to start training until this documentation is submitted. A valid ECFMG certificate will be accepted as proof for international medical school graduates.

Accepted or matched residents and fellows who have not passed Steps 1 and 2 (or equivalent examinations) by July 1 will be released from their contract.

  • US Clinical Experience (USCE) is not required; however, it is encouraged.

Applicants are selected for residency based on the above criteria and on personal interviews. UTHSC sponsors J1 visas ONLY.

2015 – 2016 General Surgery Applicants’ Interview Dates

  • October 28
  • November 4, 11
  • December 2, 16
  • January 6, 27

A meet and greet will be held on Tuesday evening before each interview session at a local restaurant.  Interviews begin the following day at 7:15 a.m. and end approximately 4:30 p.m. Hotel information will be forwarded to scheduled applicants.

Brief Interview schedule:

Tuesday Night:

  • Dinner with residents


  • Overview by F. Elizabeth Pritchard, MD, Program Director
  • Tour Memphis/Simulation Lab
  • Morbidity and Mortality and Grand Rounds Conferences
  • Lunch with residents
  • Interview with David Shibata, MD, Chairman, and two faculty
  • Tour Elvis Presley Trauma Center


Contact Us

General Surgery Residency Program

F. Elizabeth Pritchard, MD
Program Director
Department of Surgery
910 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
Memphis, TN 38163
Fax: 901-448-7306

Cynthia Tooley
Residency Coordinator
Department of Surgery
910 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-7635
Fax: 901-448-7306