Applicant Information

Prerequisites
Before admission to our Thoracic Surgery Residency Program, the resident applicant must have documented completion of a general surgery residency program accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Application Process
All applicants are required to apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), participate in our interview process, as well as participate in the National Resident Matching Program. All documents must be received by the program via ERAS by December 22, 2019.

Complete applications include:

  1. ERAS Common Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. One Letter of Recommendation from Program Director or Dean
  4. Minimum of 2 additional Letters of Recommendation
  5. Official Medical School Transcripts
  6. Personal Statement
  7. USMLE Transcript with Scores (Steps I, II, III)
  8. ABSITE Transcript with Scores
  9. Valid ECFMG Certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the U.S. or Canada).
  10. MSPE

International Medical Graduates
International medical graduates are required to provide documentation of certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) at the time of application to the program. Residents accepted into the program are required to be authorized to work in the United States.

Interview Day

An interview is an essential part of our resident selection process. Upon completion of the ERAS application, all materials are reviewed carefully and interview invitations are extended to selected candidates. Residency interview dates for 2019 (for positions beginning August 1, 2020) are scheduled for February 15 and 16th, 2019. 

On the night before each interview day, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., there will be a gathering of candidates, residents, and faculty at Dr. Nesbitt’s home. You can chat with the residents and get the scoop to supplement the program presentation you will hear the following morning. Your guests and/or children are welcome.

On the interview day, there will be breakfast snacks, fruit, and coffee ready for you when you arrive. Dr. Nesbitt likes to begin the program promptly. Vanderbilt is a big place, and the Oxford House is not easy to find, so please arrive early and follow the map to the correct parking structure and to the Oxford House. If you get lost on campus, please call us for directions. The program presentation, and interviews will commence at 7:00 a.m. The interview process, which includes a luncheon, will conclude by 2:00 p.m.

Map to Parking, and Oxford House