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Information for Applicants


Interview Dates

We will hold 3 interview days:

November 9th, 2019
December 8th, 2019
January 11th, 2020

Registration through ERAS and the NRMP system opens September 15, 2019. 

Categorical candidates will have the opportunity to meet our house staff the evening before their scheduled interview day at our Pre-Interview Social Event which is an informal gathering. 


50 total residents
7 categoricals / year
90 applicants interviewed / year
6 designated prelims / year
6 non-designated prelims / year

1300+ average cases logged at graduation
40% women
100% board pass rate
34 conference presentations in 2018-2019
18 resident spouses
5.5 children
10 resident pets


  • PGY-1: $69,829

  • PGY-2: $72,622

  • PGY-3: $75,527

  • PGY-4: $78,548

  • PGY-5: $84,190

Interview Requirements

  • ERAS application

  • Personal statement

  • 3 required letters of recommendation

  • USMLE Step 1 Score
    (Step 2 not required)

  • CV

  • Medical school transcript


Frequently Asked Questions

Does your program require time-off for research?

No, residents are not required to take time-off residency. Those who do wish to pursue research time typically take 1-2 years after completion of their PGY3 year. On average, ~3 residents / class choose to take research time.

Do you offer second look?

After interviewing, applicants interested in our residency program are encouraged to come back for a Second Look Visit. Applicants spend a day with a house officer, starting with the Department's weekly M&M conference and Grand Rounds, and continuing on to the Operating Room or surgical patient wards.

Do you follow work-hours?

Our program takes pride in adhering to the ACGME resident work hour guidelines. This includes the following guidelines:

  • No more than 80 hours of clinical and educational work in hospital per week, averaged over 4 weeks

  • All residents receive one day off per week

  • Call periods will not exceed 24 hours

  • At least 8 hours off between shifts

  • In-house call no more frequent than every third night

    This is accomplished by a number of initiatives: surgical services are staffed such that interns take day-call 2-3 times / week; coverage by PAs and NPs overnight ensures interns do not take overnight call; at Mount Sinai, general surgery consults are fielded by a dedicated consult resident - not the call intern; and an established culture that values resident education without sacrificing well-being.

What if I can’t make it to the pre-interview social?

It’s not the end of the world, and doesn’t mean you’ll fall to the bottom of the rank list. It’s genuinely the best opportunity for you to get to know the residents and vice versa in a non-interview setting - and it’s one of our favorite ways to meet applicants. We encourage everyone who comes to the interview to attend the social but we understand if scheduling is prohibitive.

Where are the pre-interview socials held?

Typically Earl’s Beer and Cheese, The Rochard, or The Weir.

Where do most residents live?

Most residents live in Mount Sinai-subsidized housing with many options located in the Upper East Side. Housing options are also located in the Upper West Side and near Columbus Circle. Some also choose to live in Brooklyn or Queens and commute to the hospital. Details can be found at the Housing Website.

What is the typical interview day like?

Interviewees arrive in the morning for coffee and light breakfast followed by a short orientation from both our chairman and program director. Three faculty interviews are held throughout the morning, including one with either the program director or associate program director. Residents are also present at this time to meet interviewees and answer questions. After the completion of interviews, a tour and lunch are provided. The interview day ends after lunch.

Are there elective rotations?

Yes, residents can do elective rotations as PGY4s. The nature of the elective rotation depends on each resident’s interest, allowing them to explore surgical subspecialties, either within Mount Sinai or outside institutions. Examples of elective rotations have included throacic, trauma, endocrine, transplant, and colorectal.



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Department of Surgery
Tel: 212-241-5871