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Application Process

The deadline for receipt of applications to Inova Fairfax Hospital Department of Surgery is November 30.

The following information is required:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from U.S. or Canadian physicians, including, if possible, the chair of surgery or designee
  • Dean's letter (or equivalent). International medical graduates must have letters of recommendation which clearly document U.S. or Canadian clinical experience
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Results of standardized tests: USMLE, NBME, FLEX, FMGEMS or equivalent; all in-service exams, and ECFMG certificate (international graduates)

Eligibility requirements

Applicants are expected to display commitment to a career in surgery, strong analytical ability and good judgment, proven academic skill, and be of sound moral character. In addition, applicants must be within five years of graduation from medical/osteopathic medicine or direct patient care activity (independent or ACGME, AOA, or ADA accredited residency). Non-clinical graduate work in the U.S. or Canada does not meet this requirement.

There is a minimum board score requirement of 220. Any ECFMG certified applicant who has not been enrolled in a United States or Canadian residency program within eighteen months of being issued his/her ECFMG certificate must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL) and obtain a score of at least 600 before beginning their residency. The Test of Spoken English (TSE) and Test of Written English (TWE) are also required. Excellent spoken and written command of the English language is expected.

Selection process

The program director and Surgery Education Committee review applications and will send interview invitations. Interviews are conducted on Saturdays with a Friday evening reception with faculty and residents. The program participates in the NRMP only and matches four categorical positions per year. No preliminary positions are currently offered.

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Diann "Dee" Carreker
Program Residency Manager

Surgical Residency Program
Inova Fairfax Hospital
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042