Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline?

  • December 15 is the application deadline. However, the interview selection process will begin prior to the application deadline. It's highly recommended you submit your application as early as possible.

What are the application requirements?

  • All applications must be submitted via ERAS, and International students must obtain ECFMG certification prior to starting the ERAS process. Please review our Application tab for details and the list of required documents.

How many categorical and preliminary positions do you offer?

  • Our surgery program is approved for six categorical residents per academic year.

When is your program start date?

  • July 1st

What is the typical surgery case volume for a graduating chief resident?

  • On average, chief residents can complete anywhere from 1,100 to 1,300 cases by the end of their final year.

What are Board Exam passing rates for graduating residents?

  • Our graduating residents have a first-time pass rate of greater than 88% on the American Board of Surgery Qualifying Exam (written boards) and Certifying Exam (oral boards).

Is a year of research required?

  • Our research year is designated a professional development year. While not required, the vast majority of our residents take advantage of one or two years of additional training. This time can be spent in many different areas, including basic science research, health services research, global surgery, innovations, etc. Please see the research opportunities and unique academic opportunities sections of our website.

How many residents pursue additional training?

  • Typically, three to four residents will pursue fellowships or a secondary residency in a specialty area such as cardiothoracic surgery or surgical critical care. The remaining residents enter private practice abroad or within the Intermountain West (Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado).

Why should I attend the University of Utah?

  • In many ways, our campus has similar qualities found in other universities across the nation. However, the University of Utah offers an unmatched range of academic, social, and recreational opportunities making it the premier place to work and play. Our campus is home to world-renowned medical care and research facilities; namely, the University Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center, Jon Huntsman Cancer Institute, Primary Children’s Hospital, the Center for Global Surgery, and the John Moran Eye Center. The University of Utah is located close to Salt Lake's urban centers that feature world class theater, art, and live entertainment. Throughout the year, Kingsbury Hall, Rice-Eccles Stadium, and Red Butte Garden offer exceptional concerts, live performances, and international sporting events.

Whether you're exploring the backcountry of unrivaled fascination and beauty, appreciating the arts and live entertainment, or connecting with local communities and cultures, a multitude of opportunities are here to enjoy while reaching your goals and objectives at the University of Utah.