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, 2019
Medical School Transcript October 15, 2019
3 LORs/AOA SLORs* October 15, 2019
USMLE Score(s) October 15, 2019
Personal Statement October 15, 2019
Dean's Letter October 15, 2019
Photograph October 15, 2019

*AOA Standardized 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.