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Orthopaedic Residency Application Process

Graduates of US Medical Schools

All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please contact the dean's office of your medical school for more information about applying to the HSS program via ERAS. Hospital for Special Surgery will not send or accept applications through the mail.

Graduates of Medical Schools Outside the US

Contact the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for information on how to apply to the HSS residency program via ERAS. Graduates of Canadian medical schools should contact the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) for information on how to apply.


Hospital for Special Surgery participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Each year, HSS matches nine first-year residents (PGY1s). HSS does not accept residents outside the NRMP without prior approval from the ACGME.

Timeline for Application

November 1: Deadline for submitting application materials to ERAS
December: Email notices sent by HSS to those eligible applicants selected to be interviewed 
Mid-January: Interviews held at HSS
March: HSS notifies matched residents by email

Application Requirements

All application information must be transmitted through ERAS. You are required to submit:

  • Photograph
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step I score

Selection Process

The HSS Residency Selection Committee reviews each application. Residents are selected from the pool of eligible applicants based on preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communications skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.


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