Application Process

Please apply on the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) through the medical school’s Dean’s office. The University of Colorado looks at the entire application when considering applicants. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that all required documents submitted through ERAS reach our program successfully by the deadline of November 15th each year. Our required application materials are the standard application items which include:

  • Transcript
  • Chairman’s letter
  • Three Letters of Recommendations from faculty
  • USMLE Step I and Step II passing scores
  • Personal statement 
Sr Core winter 22 with Frank Wright

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is used by foreign medical school students. Residents in our program must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow the resident to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Over 2,000 people will apply for the University of Colorado Surgical Residency Program through ERAS prior to the match. Approximately 120 applicants will be interviewed. All interviews will be done virtually this academic year. Interviews are conducted from November through January. Those invited to interview can expect early morning interviews with a virtual happy hour the evening before.

Invitations to interview will begin in late October and are for categorical track applicants only. The Program Directors directly call the preliminary applicants they wish to contact for those who have applied through ERAS.

Participation in two research educational years are listed on the NRMP as a 2-year component of the CU General Surgery Residency Program for all 11 categorical positions. This research/academic time is to be taken after the PGY-2 or PGY-3 years and is an expectation for all categorical residents entering the program.

The following PGY-1 positions are available: 11 categorical and 10 preliminary.

Categorical positions for PGY 2, 3, 4 are only available should there be an opening due to attrition. Due to the workload of the program, inquiries about positions without an APDS posting will not be answered.

For more information, please contact Ashley Mountford,, Krystal Ayala,, or Alyssa Ontiveros,  General Surgery Residency Program Administrators. Due to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hybrid work schedule, email addresses are provided in lieu of USPS mailing address (please view other contact information on our Program Director and Administration page.)


CU Anschutz

Academic Office One

12631 East 17th Avenue

Room: 6111

Aurora, CO 80045


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