Application Process - Surgery Residency Program

As per ACGME requirements, please be advised that the Residency Program in General Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is a five year program.

Your completed application will be reviewed and if selected for interview, the residency program coordinator will contact you. Only a certain number of applicants will be interviewed during the months of September through January. You may apply for both PGY-1 Categorical (3 positions) and PGY-1 Preliminary (3 positions) training. Graduation date criteria is within five years of application submission, however, recent graduates are preferred.

TTUHSC El Paso participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).
To apply for a resident position, applicants must submit the following through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Completed TTUHSC El Paso application or ERAS application
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter from the medical school of graduation
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • Copy of ABSITE reports if residency/fellowship experience
  • Medical school diploma
  • Applicant must have passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination

At the discretion of the program, prior U.S. experience may be required. If you do have prior residency/fellowship experience, a letter from a current program director is required outlining the following: written verification of previous educational experiences and a summative competency-based performance evaluation of rotations completed, evaluations or various educational experiences, procedural/operative experience, and current standing.

Step I and Step II (USMLE: Clinical knowledge and clinical skills) with a score of 220 or higher. Must have passed both Step I and Step II on first attempt. COMLEX accepted.

2022 ERAS Supplemental application

For the 2022 ERAS cycle, our program will be participating in the supplemental ERAS application offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants will be required to complete the MyERAS application, and participation in the supplemental ERAS application is optional.

Note to international medical graduates:

  • Must be a permanent resident, U.S. Citizen or hold a J1 Visa (EADs must apply for J1, no exceptions)
  • If the document is in a language other than English, an official word-for-word translation on official letterhead stationery must be provided. It must be prepared by any of the following: government official, official translation agency, or college/university official
  • ECFMG Certification is required upon submission of ERAS application

If you have any further questions contact the residency program coordinator at 915-215-4670 or email