General Surgery Applications


The Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia is nationally recognized as a top tier academic training program, attracting the nation’s premier surgical candidates. This department has a long and accomplished history in training future leaders of academic surgery. Graduates of our program are consistently accepted into excellent fellowship programs of their choice. Dedication to excellence in surgery and surgical resident education defines our vision for the future.

Our program’s foundation is deeply rooted in its faculty and their commitment to resident training. We have had only six Chairman of the Department of Surgery in our program’s history, including two previous Presidents of the American College of Surgeons. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields, many of whom also operate NIH funded research labs and serve on the editorial boards of leading surgical journals. Dedicated to superior resident mentorship, our faculty provides a supportive and stimulating environment from which our residents thrive.

Here at UVA, we are dedicated to continuing our commitment to excellence in clinical surgery, teaching, and surgical research. We hope that you will consider applying to our program and joining us in this mission.

Positions and Codes

Our General Surgery Residency Program offers three training opportunities:

  • Categorical General Surgery (NRMP Code 1737440C0): 5-year training position in General Surgery, leading to board eligibility by the American Board of Surgery. In addition to clinical training, categorical residents in this program traditionally perform two years of dedicated research in either basic and/or clinical sciences.  Dedicated research is usually conducted between the PGY2 and PGY3 clinical years.
  • Surg-Prelim/Int Radiology (NRMP Code 1737440P3): 1 year General Surgery training position. This is a Joint Advanced- Preliminary track between Interventional Radiology-Integrated and General Surgery at the UVA Medical Center. For Interventional Radiology-Integrated Residency applicants who wish to pursue the full course of training at the UVA Medical Center must rank the UVA General Surgery joint preliminary PGY-1 program on the supplemental rank order list.
  • Surgery – Preliminary (NRMP Code 1737440P1): 1 year General Surgery training position intended for individuals who have matched into a specialty that require a preliminary year, as well as non-designated individuals. A limited number of these positions are available and are offered as one-year employment contracts. Although our residency office will assist with placement following the intern year if needed, it is ultimately the responsibility of each non-designated preliminary surgery resident to make arrangements for continued residency training and education.


General Surgery applications are accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS AAMC). In addition to a completed application, please include a minimum of two letters of recommendation, USMLE and medical school transcripts, personal statement and a Dean’s letter. All completed applications and supporting documents must be received no later than October 31.


Interviews will be conducted on select dates in November, December and January. Interviews will be virtual for the 2022-2023 recruitment season. All candidates selected for interviews will be invited to a virtual social reception with current UVA residents on the evening prior to their scheduled interview.

2022 – 2023 Recruitment Dates

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2022
  • Thursday, January 12, 2023

For more information, contact Residency Coordinator, Kristen Dudley, in the General Surgery Residency Office: (434) 924-9307.

URiM Leadership Program and Travel Scholarship (For 4th Year Medical Students)

Leadership in Medicine
The UVA GME Community is sponsoring a new leadership opportunity for 4th year medical students accepted into elective rotations at UVA (July-October). For students accepted into the Leadership Program, Friday afternoons during each block will be dedicated to seminars, workshops and hands-on experiences in Leadership in Medicine, Addressing Health Disparities, Successful Residency Applications and Internship Survival.

Additionally, participants will have a dinner with current Trainees and representatives from the Housestaff Council for Diversity and Inclusion. There will be a limited number of $1,500 travel scholarships available.

Eligibility and Application Process
The Program is open to 4th year students who either are part of a group underrepresented in medicine or who have a strong interest in DEI work. Interested students must be accepted to the clerkship of their choice through VSOL to participate in this program.

View the URiM Leadership and Scholarship Program Application.

Participating electives can be found in almost all of our core residency programs. Please contact the individual UVA Clerkship Coordinators with any questions. Learn more about GME at UVA.


Charles Friel, MD

Charles Friel, MD
Program Director

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Bruce Schirmer, MD
Program Director
Vice Chairman of Education

Molly Flannagan, MD
Associate Program Director

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Philip Smith, MD
Associate Program Director

Kristen Dudley
Residency Program Administrator

Breanna Rose

Breanna Rose
Residency Program Coordinator