Prospective Applicants

Virtual Events:

We will be hosting a virtual open house on August 26th, 2021 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. Chan, Schimpke, Govekar 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 6th, 2021

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

No, the entire application is considered when inviting applicants for an interview

Who do I contact with questions?

Davena Moore
Residency Coordinator
Rush University
Department of General Surgery
1750 W. Harrison 
Chicago, IL 60612
Email: Davena_Moore@rush.edu

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 2021-2022 academic year:
PGY1: $59,000
PGY2: $64,270
PGY3: $66,276
PGY4: $69,563
PGY5: $72,811

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 Scott Schimpke, MD, and other faculty leadership. Interviews follow, and applicants can expect to be interviewed by our program director; 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.