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PLEASE NOTE: ACGME lists a newly-accredited surgery program for Maine Medical Center effective 9/19/2019. This is a rural track for our existing surgical residency. We will NOT begin recruiting for the rural track until next fall, for Academic Year 2021-2022.

Instructions for Applicants

MMC participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). This process selects all PGY-1 residents in the institution. The general surgery residency program has four categorical positions, one non-designated preliminary position in general surgery and one designated preliminary position for interventional radiology.


The general surgery residency program accepts all applications. For applicants with whom we do not have a firsthand relationship*, there are specific screening criteria:

  • NBME: Step 1 > 220 or Step 2 > 245. We do make occasional exceptions, based on the strength of the applicant’s full application. Please note that we will offer interviews to applicants who only have a step 1 score, but will not rank any applicant without both scores.
  • Osteopathic Applicants: We accept, have ranked, and matched osteopathic applicants. We do not use COMLEX in lieu of the NBME exams.
  • International Medical Graduates: We accept, have ranked, and matched IMGs to both preliminary and categorical positions. We will not offer an interview to an IMG unless we have a firsthand relationship with them.

*First hand relationship: someone who has completed a clinical rotation with us, or has a direct working relationship with a resident or faculty member of the general surgery program. (Please note we do not offer observerships.)

For the 2019-2020 interview season (PGY-1 beginning July 2020) applications will be accepted ONLY through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

In addition to the ERAS application we require the following:

  • Transcript of your medical school grades
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • USMLE scores

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2019. We will not review any applications received after this date.

Important Dates

October 1, 2019: The residency leadership begins reviewing each applicant’s file via ERAS.

October 7, 2019: First group of interview offers sent out via Interview Broker (to those with whom we have a firsthand relationship and a small group of selected other applicants).

October 21, 2019: Second group of interview offers set out via Interview Broker (to most of the other selected candidates).

November 4, 2019: Final interview offers sent out via Interview Broker.

(Please note that the three groupings of interview offers bear no weight in the interview process.)

October 1 – November 4, 2019: Applicants not selected to interview will be notified of their status via ERAS.

November, 2019-January 2020: Interview dates (see below).

Interview Details:

  • Ten (10) interview dates
  • From mid November through mid January
  • Two days per week
    • Thursdays 8 am - 2 pm (includes attendance at surgery didactics)
    • Fridays 8:30 am - 1 pm
  • No interviews are scheduled between December 16th and January 2nd
  • Our residents host a dinner the evening before the interview day where applicants and residents can meet away from the hospital
  • We will continue to offer interviews until our dates are filled
  • We will not offer more interviews than we have available interview slots
    • With the caveat that invited applicants have one (1) weeks to respond to offer of an interview

Wait List Details:

  • Once all interview dates are filled, we will offer a small number of applicants a place on the wait list for when there are inevitable cancellations
  • Applicants who receive an interview from the wait list are at no disadvantage to anyone else interviewing with the program
  • For those on the wait list, we will communicate interview openings throughout the interview season (sometimes on quite short notice)


Please feel free to contact the Residency Program Manager at any time through the application process.

Frederica Jackson
Surgical Residency Program Manager