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Thank you for your interest in UAB’s General Surgery Residency Program!

Our program offers outstanding general surgery training under the guidance of dedicated faculty at one of the largest public hospitals in the world.

We have eight categorical positions offered each year. This includes one Cardiac 4/3 position and one military Active Duty position (offered through the military match).

UAB’s GSRP conducts a holistic review of applications selected for screening and seeks candidates who align with our program's values. There are six main characteristics we look for in our applicants:

  1. Academically Focused - applicant has passions and interests beyond the OR, i.e. research, health advocacy, bioethics
  2. Self-Actualizing- applicant displays resilience, is growth-oriented, resourceful, and conscientiou
  3. Hardworking- applicant is motivated to develop skills and become excellent surgeon, applicant understands the value of personal sacrifice for the greater good
  4. Community Oriented- applicant values teamwork and contributions to the local, regional, and national community
  5. Intellectual Curiosity - applicant is well-rounded, aware of current events, and motivated to grow and learn
  6. Enhances UAB’s Culture- applicants who bring a unique background and new perspective to the program

Applications are reviewed and interview invitations are offered via email. The first round of interview offers will be sent between October 23 - November 1, 2024, in alignment with the APDS guidelines. Interviews will be conducted virtually on the dates listed below:

  • Friday, November 22, 2024
  • Friday, December 6, 2024 (Cardiac 4/3 Applicants)
  • Thursday, December 12, 2024
  • Friday, December 20, 2024
  • Friday, January 10, 2025

Items needed to complete your application include:

  • Official Record of Board Scores (NBME, FLEX, USMLE)
  • MSPE
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • CV

Applicants who interview with the program will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual social the night before their interview, and there will be two in-person second look events available for applicants who wish to visit Birmingham and UAB.

With the exception of military applicants, UAB’s GSRP exclusively utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and only reviews MyERAS® applications. Paper or electronic applications will not be accepted. For the 2024 MATCH, signaling our program was a strong predictor of matching at our program. Based upon this data, for the 2025 ERAS® season, applicants that signal our program will be given preference in the initial screening round. Applicants that do not signal our program will only be considered after the initial screen, should additional applicants need to be considered.

Complete applications must be submitted by September 30, 2024, 11:59 PM CT to be screened. See the full application details below for required documents, as well as specifics related to IMG applicants.

Preliminary residents are not considered for categorical PGY-1 positions.


Application Information for Military Candidates

UAB matches one military applicant each year through the military match into an Active Duty position through an agreement with the Defense Health Agency. This position is tri-service, and is open to Army, Navy, and Air Force applicants. Applicants who wish to apply to our program should send the following application materials to generalsurgery@uabmc.edu in a single email by August 25, 2024:

  • Current Photo
  • CV
  • Unofficial Licensing Examination Scores (USMLE or COMLEX Step/Level 1 and Step/Level 2 scores, if completed)
  • Personal Statement

Military recruitment season events are taking place on the dates listed below:

Military Info Session

  • Thursday, August 8, 2024

Military Interview Days

  • Friday, September 6, 2024
  • Friday, September 20, 2024

International Medical Graduates 

For international medical graduates interested in the program, review of the full applicant requirements above will provide valuable information, along with the information below:

  • A valid ECFMG certificate is required.
  • Graduation from medical school within the past 5 years
  • UAB sponsors the H-1B clinical Visa. UAB hosts IMG's with a J-1 Visa. All questions regarding Visas should be directed to the UAB International Office at 205-934-3328

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Have Questions? Contact Us.

The General Surgery Residency Program has a dedicated team that is available to answer questions about the program through the email and phone number below.

1808 7th Avenue South, D202 Boshell Building
Birmingham, Alabama 35233