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This five-year residency program will be an opportunity to improve our community’s access to care while cultivating the next generation of talented surgeons. During this robust program, residents will work closely with attending surgeons, gaining early and progressively more advanced operative exposure throughout the residency experience.

  • The following residency training programs offered by Virginia Mason are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

    The residency programs at Virginia Mason are small and highly competitive. We will offer the following number of positions for the 2023-24 academic year: The submission deadline for PGY 1 positions for all programs is Nov. 1, 2022.

    Virginia Mason participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) where applicable.

    General Surgery:
    5 Categorical PGY-1 positions 1756440C0 4405412349
    6 Preliminary PGY-1 positions 1756440P0 4405412349

    Information for all medical school graduates

    Virginia Mason only accepts application materials through the AAMC's ERAS program.

    All applicants must be candidates for an MD or DO degree from an accredited school of medicine or college of osteopathic medicine upon application.

    Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification is REQUIRED prior to the start of our resident training programs. Make sure you sign up for an ACLS certification course during your fourth year. Check with your Dean’s office regarding ACLS training information.

    ALL applicants must submit the Required MyERAS Application materials:

    • Completed ERAS Application form
    • Personal Statement
    • Medical School Transcripts
    • Dean’s Letter (MSPE)
    • Minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation on official letterhead, preferably from your core rotation department heads or preceptors 
    • USMLE Transcripts I and II preferred. Applicants who have previously failed any attempts at the USMLE step I and/or II will most likely be removed from further consideration.

    We review ALL application documents to make our applicant selection. Applicants are selected based on their academic credentials, preparedness, aptitudes, abilities and communication skills, as well as personal qualities, such as motivation and integrity. Virginia Mason resident training programs do not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religious preference, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.

    Our interview season begins in late October 2022 and extends through January 2023. Applicants who are not selected for interview will receive a letter of regret.

    Information for international medical school graduates

    Graduates of international medical schools applying for internship or residency, must submit the above required application documents and must have applied for, or hold a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be considered for an interview.

    Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must meet the current requirements for an appropriate U.S visa* as specified by the United States government.

    *Virginia Mason Graduate Medical Education considers J1 Visa or permanent resident status.

  • St. Joseph Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program is a five-year program and is accepting two categorical first-year residents.

    General surgery program applicant requirements

    Only applicants participating in the ERAS Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) will be considered. Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for a position in graduate medical education at St. Joseph Medical Center's General Surgery Residency Program:

    1. Graduates of medical school in the United States accredited by ACGME and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
    2. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

    Resident selection

    Eligible applicants will be interviewed and selected based upon the established policies/procedures of individual programs. Residents may be evaluated and considered for possible appointment based on their:

    1. Academic credentials
    2. Demonstrated ability
    3. Overall preparedness
    4. Communication skills
    5. Aptitude
    6. Motivation
    7. Integrity and
    8. Other written criteria developed by the Program Director which do not violate the St. Joseph Medical Center policy regarding Non-Discrimination.

    National Residency Matching Program

    Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

    Interested in a sub-internship

    If you are a fourth-year medical student and you are interested in General Surgery as a career path, our department is accepting 2-week, sub-internship rotations on a limited case-by-case basis. Please contact our program coordinator, Mrs. Claudia Serrano, via email at [email protected].

    • Tuesday: Nov. 9, Dec. 7, Dec. 14
    • Thursday: Nov. 18, Dec. 2
    • Friday: Nov. 12, Dec. 17
  • Benefits Summary

    We are happy to clarify any information or answer specific questions you may have about benefits offered at St. Joseph Medical Center's General Surgery Residency Program. It is possible that offerings may change, so final salary and benefits packages may differ. Please contact us to submit questions or call us.

    Paid personal time off

    Benefits include four weeks of paid personal time off per year, to use as vacation, sick and continuing medical education (CME) days.

    Continuing medical education

    Continuing medical education coverage is provided at $4,000 per year. This will cover travel, conference expenses, and other CME related expenses (some restrictions may apply).


    Medical, dental, group life and disability insurance are provided for residents and dependents. Primary medical professional liability insurance coverage, including “tail” coverage, is provided to all residents through Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.

    Salaries and stipends

    Annual salaries are very competitive. Residents will have access to relocation assistance, the Physician Lounge for food, a regular good stipend, an annual housing stipend, phone stipend, and a membership to a gym in the area.


    Documents presented below offer a snapshot of benefit offerings while training at St. Joseph Medical Center's General Surgery Residency Program. Offerings are subject to change. Contact us for the most current information.

    Benefits at a Glance