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:

September 1, 2020     

Applicants may begin submitting applications to residency programs at 9 a.m. ET.

October 21, 2020

Residency programs may begin reviewing applications and MSPEs are released to programs at 9 a.m. ET.

March 15-19, 2021                                           

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) main residency match results will be available on March 19 at 1 p.m. ET.


*AOA Standardized Letter of Recommendation Form:

Download the Letter of Recommendation Form

If your letter writers complete this form in addition to writing a letter of recommendation, please have them upload the letter and the form as ONE document via the LOR portal.