Preliminary Evaluation and Screening

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and accept five residents per year with inclusion of the intern year as is participated through the Department of General Surgery as coordinated under the direction of orthopedic surgery. Applicants submit their application through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). These conditions and applications must be in compliance with House Staff Office and Loma Linda University Medical Center requirements. The importance of recognizing our mission and affirmative action is considered. We average between 450-500 applications. A step 1 board on the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) of approximately 240 is used as a general screening tool.

Satisfactory completion of part 1 of the boards depends on being able to compete on the cognitive level with their peers in the orthopedic surgery residency. This screening process reduces the number of applicants to approximately 150. The ERAS applications are then reviewed by each of the five physicians on the selection committee.

Each committee member individually reviews the ERAS applications for what they feel are important characteristics. This can include:

  • USMLE scores
  • Education
  • Class ranking
  • AOA status
  • Dean’s letter
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statements
  • Rotation grades, if available

Research and volunteer work are also evaluated. No special consideration will be given for students who rotate with our department. Approximately 50 students will be selected for interview.