Application Process


There are two positions available each year in the Preliminary Surgery Residency Program on a competitive basis.

How to Apply
Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education does not directly accept or process applications for this residency. You must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This can be done through your medical school dean's office.

The application form and all supporting documentation must be submitted by November 5 of the prior calendar year, approximately 8 months before the program begins. The academic year begins in July.

Please note that both components of the USMLE Step 2 must be passed by April 1 of the current academic year to ensure eligibility in this residency by July 1.

Step 1: To apply to the program, visit:

The application requires the following information:

  • Official medical school transcripts
  • Official test transcripts for all applicable examinations (USMLE, LMCC, COMLEX,
  • A dean's letter and at least three (3) other letters of recommendation
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement
  • A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the
    United States)

Step 2: All appointments are made at the first-year level through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).
To register, visit:

Applicants must register with both ERAS and NRMP to participate in the services of each.

Step 3: If you are considered for an appointment, you will be asked to visit Mayo Clinic Arizona for an interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted annually from mid-November through mid-January.