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Orthopaedic Residency Application Process

Dear Prospective Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Applicants,

In preparation for the upcoming 2021 residency application cycle, HSS will follow the guidelines for programs developed by and agreed upon by the leadership of AOA Council of Residency Directors/CORD. Our primary goals are to optimize the recruitment process for the learner and the program, and while balancing the national efforts of social distancing and virus control, we aim to establish a level playing field for both groups.

HSS will implement the following procedures:

  • Only students from Weill Cornell Medical School (our home program) will be allowed to conduct rotations at HSS. Each student will be allowed to conduct a minimum of two rotations. HSS does not plan to offer a virtual rotation at this time. All students from all other programs will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual town hall since non-Weill Cornell Medical School programs should not allow away rotations for the 2020-2021 residency recruitment cycle.
  • Hold a series of live town hall virtual meetings covering various topics related to training at HSS. These sessions will include talks from residents and faculty, as well as question and answer segments, and will be open to all students interested in applying to our program. Check our website, www.hss.edu/academic-training, in mid-July for more information.

Please know we are led by the guiding principles of equity and fairness through this process. In these challenging times it can be difficult to align our goals of providing high quality orthopaedic education, allowing applicants to assess our program, evaluating applicants abilities and character, and doing our part to limit the impact of this pandemic. We have taken this approach with these goals in mind and also, in the interest of minimizing the stress and anxiety that we know you are feeling.

If you have further questions, please contact Academic Training at academictraining@hss.edu.


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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