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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Application Process

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center is a five-year program.  We offer 3 categorical positions each year.

We will not be participating in the 23-24 MATCH, please do not attempt to send us information through ERAS. 

To apply, please email the following documentation below to [email protected]:

  • ERAS Application  (PDF)
  • Personal Statement
  • Current CV
  • Letters of recommendation from most recent third and fourth year rotations.  A minimum of two letters from each year of clinical rotations. Please include a letter of recommendation from an Orthopaedic Surgery attending physician who has worked closely with you.
  • Dean’s letter from US grads/ECFMG from international medical school graduates. Note that approved schools are determined by using the World Directory of Medical Schools.
  • Medical school transcripts
  • For Academic Year (2023-2024) applicants, we are following AAIM’s recommendations of a minimum two letters of recommendations. One letter should be from an Orthopaedic Surgery faculty member, and the other from the Department of Medicine. We are strongly encouraging candidates to include a third letter from an Orthopaedic Surgery attending physician who has worked closely with you during your fourth year of medical school if that opportunity was available to you.
  • Graduation from an approved medical school determined by using the California Medical Board’s list of recognized schools within the last two years
    • USMLE or COMLEX Level 1 and Step 2-CK/COMLEX Level 2-CE results.
    • Maximum one failure in either USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1 or USMLE Step 2-CK/COMLEX Level 2-CE
    • No failures in USMLE Step 2-CS/COMLEX Level 2-PE on exams rendered 2020 or earlier
  • ECFMG Certificate (IMG only)
  • Photo (if not provided on ERAS application PDF)