Prospective Applicants

Virtual Events:

We will be hosting virtual open houses on August 24th and September 17th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm cst. This event is open to all M4 students interested in applying to our general surgery residency program in the upcoming recruitment year. Drs. Torquati, Chan, Schimpke, and Bonomo will join current residents to discuss our program, share personal experiences and answer questions. Click Here for more information

Application Information:

What is considered a complete application?
  • ERAS Application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcript
  • MSPE (dean’s letter)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Personal statement
What is the application deadline?

October 31st, 2020

Is there a minimum USMLE score to be considered for an interview?

Yes, the entire application is considered when inviting applicants for an interview; however, the minimum USMLE score is 240.

Who do I contact with questions?

Davena Moore
Residency Coordinator
Rush University
Department of General Surgery
1750 W. Harrison 
Chicago, IL 60612

Clinical Rotations:

Rotations are divided between three campuses: Rush University Medical Center, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and Rush Oak Park Hospital. Rush and Stroger Hospital are located adjcent to one another, facilitating transportation and lifestyle of house staff. We are very strict when complying with the ACGME work-hour restrictions.

Benefits and Salary:

Rush offers a competitive salary and full benefits. You can learn more about residents’ benefits here.

Salaries for 2020-2021 academic year:
PGY1: $58,279
PGY2: $63,770
PGY3: $65,776
PGY4: $69,063
PGY5: $72,311

Interview Day: What to Expect

Applicants can expect to begin their day at the Rush University Department of General Surgery offices, where a continental breakfast is provided. This is followed by a presentation by program director Edie Chan, MD, and other faculty leadership. Interviews follow, and applicants can expect to be interviewed by Chan; Alfonso Torquati, MD.,chairman; and two additional faculty members (four interviews total). Lunch is served after the completion of interviews. To end the day, the applicants are taken on an optional tour of Rush University Medical Center and Stroger Hospital. Please dress appropriately for the expected weather during your visit. The interview day ends by 2 p.m. Parking validation is provided, and ground transportation, taxi cabs or the “El” train (Blue and Pink lines) are all nearby.

The night before your interview, an informal gathering with the residents is held at a local restaurant/bar in the vicinity of Rush. We host this event so you can get to know our residents and our program. You are invited to bring your significant other, as well. The dress is casual and food and drinks will be provided by the department.