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Orthopaedic Residency Program

Quillen College of Medicine

Application Requirements

The ETSU Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at East Tennessee State University participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will only accept applications through ERAS.

The deadline to apply is November 30th of each year.

Basic Requirements:

  • USMLE Steps 1 & 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS) OR NBOME COMLEX Levels 1 & 2 Cognitive Evaluation (CE) and Performance Evaluation (PE) scores are required by February 1st.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who passed the USMLE or COMLEX exams on first attempt.

  • Step 3 is not required, but if you have taken it, you must have passed on your first attempt.

  • Must be ECFMG certified (if applicable). We require that you submit your ECFMG certificate through ERAS before February 1st. 

  • Only J-1 Visas are sponsored at this training institution.

  • Previous Graduate Medical Education is not required.

  • We prefer graduation from medical school be within the last one (1) year. If it has been longer than one year, include in writing, what you have been doing in the field of medicine.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters should be given by someone who has worked with you enough to make an accurate assessment of your abilities. We recommend letters written from the following:
    • Orthopaedic Surgery Department Chair or Program Director
    • Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty Member
    • Non-Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty Member (only 1 of 3)

For further information, please contact our residency program coordinator, Caitlin Bailey Smith, at or (423) 431-3614.

Other important information:

  • Must submit to and pass a criminal background check once you match with our program
  • Two (2) positions available for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Only PGY-1 starting level applications will be accepted
  • We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
  • Preference will be given to applicants with US clinical experience

Applicants chosen to interview with our program will be notified via ERAS. Interviews will be held virtually via Zoom in January.

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