Vanderbilt participates in the National Residency Matching Program. We only accept applications at the PGY-1 starting level via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This is currently available to applicants through U.S. medical schools and the ECFMG.

Five residents are admitted to our categorical orthopaedic residency program each year. Accepted applicants spend their first year in the Vanderbilt Department of General Surgery (six blocks of general surgery and seven blocks of orthopaedics). It is not necessary to apply to the surgery department.

Important Application Dates:

Completed ERAS Application & CV October 15, 2018
Medical School Transcript October 15, 2018
3 AOA SLORs* October 15, 2018
USMLE Score(s) October 15, 2018
Personal Statement October 15, 2018
Dean's Letter October 15, 2018
Photograph October 15, 2018

*AOA Standardized Letter of Recommendation Form:


This form replaces the written letter of recommendation.  Ask your letter writers to complete this form and upload it to your application via the LOR portal.  If a letter has already been written, please have them complete the form, then upload the form and the letter as ONE document via the LOR portal.