Application Process For International Graduate Students

If you are an International Medical Graduate (IMG):

  • International Graduates can apply through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). You can visit their web site at or by writing to them at ECFMG ERAS Program P.O. Box 13467, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3467
  • Minimum of 1 year prior “hands on experience” in clinical training is required since the medical training and the practice of medicine in other countries are usually very different than in the United States. This must be done as an externship or in an approved ACGME residency-training program.
  • A letter of recommendation from the faculty member supervising your U.S. clinical experience (research and/or observership are NOT acceptable)
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Three (3) letters of reference from U.S. Orthopaedic Surgery faculty members from an approved ACGME training program
  • Medical School transcripts
  • Score reports from USMLE Steps 1 & 2, NBME Parts I & II, and/or other licensing examinations. You must provide proof of passing USMLE Steps I & II
  • Current copy of your ECFMG certificate
  • A current copy of your VISA or Resident Alien card (both sides – The University of California, Irvine cannot sponsor non-permanent residents for VISAS to remain in the U.S.)
  • Copy of Evaluation Status Letter from the California State Medical Board (it should state that you are eligible to commence postgraduate training in the State of California). All questions regarding the Status Letter should be directed to the CA Medical Board. The CA Medical Board can be reached at, by telephone at (916) 263-2383 or by mail at CA Medical Board, 1430 Howe Avenue Sacramento, CA 95826-3236

Interview dates for 2014-2015 applicants will be held on January 24-25, 2014 at at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange County, California. Applications for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is conducted and accepted ONLY through the Electronic Residency Program Application Service (ERAS – NO MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED OUTSIDE OF ERAS. All applicants will be notified if an interview has been granted via ERAS e-mail.

UC Irvine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program provides a five-year continuous program. We DO NOT offer preliminary positions in which an intern or resident may plan to transition into a Fellowship before completing residency training.

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