Application Information

At Mount Sinai, we choose our surgical residents carefully. We accept applications for the Mount Sinai (Morningside/West) General Surgery Residency Program from fourth-year medical students via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The applications are processed through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Non-Discrimination Policy

We strive to maintain competitive, high-quality graduate medical education programs that provide fair and equitable access. We select applicants on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. We do not discriminate based on race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, handicap, political affiliation, or marital status.

Second-Look Visit

We encourage applicants interested in our residency program to return after the initial interview for a second-look visit. You spend a day with a house officer, starting with the department's weekly Morbidity and Mortality conference and Grand Rounds, and continuing on to the operating room or surgical patient wards.


Listing the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Morningside/West) General Surgery Residency Program on your certified rank order list establishes a binding commitment to accept an appointment if a match results. Likewise, the fact that we have signed the Match Participation Agreement commits us to offer you a position if a match results. Before including our residency program on your match list, you should review the Match Commitment Start Date information on the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) website, which contains the requirements and conditions of an appointment. If you require visa sponsorship, discuss this with us ahead of time so you understand what visa sponsorship is available here.

Once you accept a position at Mount Sinai, we will send you a detailed written contract. The term of appointment is for one year only. We renew contracts based on your prior year’s performance and evaluations. Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West expect new residents to be available the week prior to their official start date to attend orientation and receive additional training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many positions do you have available?
A. Ten positions: five categorical and seven preliminary

Q. What is the process to apply to the program?
A. All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We do not accept paper documents.

Q. Is there a minimum United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) cutoff score?
A. Both our categorical and preliminary positions are highly competitive. While we do not use an absolute cut-off, individuals with a Step 1 USMLE score below 235 will need to be exceptionally strong in other components of the application for us to offer an interview.

Q. Is USMLE Step 2 score required at the time of application?
A: No. However, you must take and pass both CK and CS of USMLE Step 2 prior to Match Day.

Q. How many letters of recommendations do you require?
A. We require three letters from faculty, plus a Dean’s letter.

Q. Do you offer rotations for visiting students?
A. Yes, we encourage interested applicants to spend a month rotating on one of our core services to better understand our residency program and life in New York City.