Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions


Thank you for your interest in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Each year, we offer eight (8) PGY-1 positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Four are in the categorical 5-year track, and four are in the 6-year research track.

How do I submit my application?

Individuals interested in applying to the orthopaedic surgery residency program at the University of Pittsburgh must submit their application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. We do not accept any paper applications.

What denotes a complete application?

A complete application includes the following:

  • ERAS Application
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • USMLE Transcript
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE / aka Dean’s Letter)
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

 When is your application deadline?

All application materials must be submitted via ERAS by October 24, 2021.

On which dates will you be conducting interviews this year?

Interviews are by invitation only.  We will have 2 virtual interview dates in December:

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Will I be offered an interview?

Personal interviews are by invitation only and are required for acceptance to our program. Applicants who we wish to invite to interview will be notified via ERAS email. There are limited interview spaces available, and they will fill on a first-come, first-served basis once invitations have been sent out.



Does your program require previous US clinical experience?

No U.S. clinical experience is required to apply to our program.

Does your program have a medical school graduation cut-off date?

We do not have a minimum/maximum number of years from medical school graduation date requirement.

What are the visa options for the program?

The preferred visa for training at a UPMC Medical Education Program is the J-1 visa sponsored through the ECFMG for residency/fellowship training.

ECFMG Certification

Applicants should be ECFMG-certified by the application deadline (October 4th).