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UMass General Surgery Residency Interview Season

During this unprecedented interview season, our top priorities are your personal safety and providing a fair and equitable opportunity for all applicants.

To achieve this:

  • All interviews will be virtual.
  • We will not be sponsoring any on-site visits or in-person events.
  • We will only offer invitations for the number of slots we have available.
  • Applicants will have 72 hours to respond to interview requests. If additional interview slots become available after the initial invitation cycle, additional interview offers will have a 48-hour response time.
  • We request a 2-week cancellation notice if you are not able to attend your interview.
  • All interviewers and reviewers will take part in implicit bias training.
  • All applications will undergo a “holistic review,” in which the applicants’ varied life experiences, accomplishments, and attributes will be taken into thoughtful consideration.
  • While we welcome communication after the interview, post-interview communication from applicants is not required and will not impact the rank list.

Institutional requirements related to applicant eligibility may be found at:

Required documents include:

  • Completed ERAS Application
  • USMLE Transcript (first-time pass is required)
  • Medical School transcript
  • Personal statement
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Citizenship/Visa Status
  • 3 letters of recommendation

All required documents must be submitted through ERAS and will not be accepted outside of ERAS. All applications will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service only (ERAS) beginning October 21.

Categorical interviews will be:

  • November 19, 2020
  • December 4, 2020
  • December 10, 2020
  • December 16, 2020
  • January 7, 2021

Separate preliminary PGY-1 and PGY-2 interviews will be offered.

The institution accepts a standardized personal statement but suggests that applicants consider discussing attributes that will help foster the applicant's competence and resilience.

To ensure safety and equity of applicants, all interviews will be conducted virtually. Further, in light of the COVID pandemic, we will adhere to recommendations made by the AAMC and ERAS regarding the interview season.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Surgical Education Office at