Admission Requirements and Application Process

Application Requirements for the Independent and the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residencies at Emory University:

Completed application

Three (3) letters of recommendation from U.S. or Canadian physicians, including the Chair of Surgery or designee Dean's letter (or equivalent). IMG's must present letters of recommendation which clearly document U.S. or Canadian clinical experience.

Medical school transcript

Results of standardized tests: USMLE, NBNE, FLEX, FM GEMS or equivalent

All in-service exams

ECFMG certificate (IMG applicants)


All applications and other supporting materials for the Emory Plastic Surgery Independent Residency must be submitted using the SF Match system.

Prospective plastic surgery residents can officially begin requisite training after completion of any of the prerequisite options, which require confirmation by the Board.

Currently, the Emory Independent Plastic Surgery Residency has two options for admission qualification:

Option 1 Requirements:

Five years of ACGME-approved clinical general surgery residency training with progressive responsibility sufficient to qualify for certification by the American Board of Surgery (ABS). All training must be completed before the resident enters a plastic surgery residency.

Option 2 Requirements:

Available to residents who have completed a formal training program and have satisfied the training to apply for/or are certified in the following: general surgery (including the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery), neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, thoracic surgery, urology, or oral and maxillofacial surgery (the latter requiring two years of clinical general surgery training in addition to an MD/DDS or DMD). Successful completion of these ACGME or ADA accredited programs fulfills the prerequisite training requirement.

Rules for foreign medical graduates may vary from year to year and from state to state. It is the applicant's responsibility to understand current requirements.

Application Deadline:

December 31, 2019


All applications and other supporting materials for the Emory Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency must be submitted using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Prospective residents must have a medical or osteopathic degree granted in the U.S. or Canada by an institution accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Graduates of U.S. or Canadian allopathic medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) who have successfully completed the licensure requirements in a United States jurisdiction are deemed to have appropriate undergraduate medical credentials. The training program must be approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) during all years of training completed.

All students must have passed Part J of the USMLE or equivalent. All residents must register as appropriate for Part 2 of the USMLE or equivalent and must pass Part 2 by June of the end of their first year. Those who do not fulfill this imperative will be placed on probation until passing.

Application Deadline:

October 20, 2019

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