Massachusetts General Hospital accepts international medical school graduate applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service.

The Surgical Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital does accept graduates of international medical schools into our program. Below are the current requirements for international medical school graduates who are interested in applying:

  1. We accept applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) online service
  2. We begin accepting applications through ERAS on September 15th each year. Our application deadline is October 1st
  3. As part of the online ERAS application, you'll need to submit:
    • Three (3) letters of reference
    • Medical Student Performance Evaluation letter (MSPE), or the equivalent (the MSPE was formerly called a Dean's letter)
    • Personal statement (500-word maximum)
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  4. You must be Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)-eligible in order to apply to the program. ECFMG-certification requires the passing of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, and USMLE Step 2 CS exams on your first attempt. We don't have a minimum score requirement for the USMLE exams, although we do expect applicants to score above the national average. Please visit the ECFMG's website for information about applying for certification. You must have your ECFMG certificate in time to get licensed for the start of intern year
  5. The date of graduation from medical school can be no more than two years prior to the date of application to the residency program
  6. We do not require that you have United States clinical experience in order to apply, although it is highly recommended, and your application will receive greater consideration if you have had clinical experience in a United States hospital

Please note that no exceptions to these requirements will be made.

The Mass General Surgery Residency Program is committed to increasing the diversity within the program. We encourage all individuals to apply, especially those who are underrepresented in medicine. We review all applications holistically, and standardized test scores are a nominal consideration in our selection process.

Contact Information

Barbara Wolf, senior program manager
General Surgery Residency Program
55 Fruit Street, GRB-425
Boston, MA 02114

Fax: 617-724-3499


Information on Clinical Clerkships

In order to arrange a surgical rotation here at Mass General, you must apply through Harvard Medical School's Exchange Clerkship Program for Visiting Medical Students.

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