Application Process

Our Valley Health System General Surgery Residency Program offers preliminary and categorical training tracks which involve either one year or five years of training to complete. We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), and do not accept any applicants outside of the NRMP Match. See the table below for program information.

State City Program Name ACGME ID Training Track NRMP No.
NV Las Vegas Valley Health System Program 4403100380 Categorical 2201440C0
NV Las Vegas Valley Health System Program 4403100380 Preliminary 2201440P0

Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). We do not accept applications via FAX, email or postal services.

Information needed to apply includes:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
  • A minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation (NOTE: One LOR should be submitted from the applicant's Department of Surgery Chair or Program Director)
  • Personal statement
  • Photograph (optional, but preferred to track applicants after interviews)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE transcripts or COMLEX transcripts

International Medical Graduates are welcome to apply; however, The Valley Health System will not provide sponsorship for applicants who require a visa.

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Interview Process

Applications are reviewed by the program faculty and selected applicants are invited for an interview. There are 3-4 interview dates per year. Interviews are offered from November to January. The program will make every effort to accommodate travel schedules of applicants; however, only applicants that have been interviewed will be included in the match list.

Applicants interested in the program are encouraged to complete an away rotation with us to allow for a more in-depth assessment of the applicant. Students who have completed an away rotation can choose to skip the formal interview day and still be considered for inclusion in the match list. They must meet with and interview with the program director and associate program director prior to the completion of their rotation to be considered for the match list.

The interview day will include:

  • Breakfast
  • A formal introduction to the program
  • Interviews with the faculty and either the program director or associate program director
  • Tour of at least one of our principle hospital facilities

We aim to have all interview activities completed by noon.

An applicant may be asked to add further information to their application after their interview date if it is deemed incomplete. The program director and/or coordinator will inform the applicant if any additional or missing information is required.

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