Applying to Our Program

The San Joaquin General Surgery Program only accepts ERAS applications. Our program fills 3 Categorical and 3 preliminary positions through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). All applicants must meet the following criteria and provide the following documents as part of their ERAS application:

  1. Deans Letter and Medical School Transcripts
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation - preferably from Dept. of Surgery faculty
  3. Personal Statement
  4. USMLE Scores: Average of 225 or above, first attempts only. Steps 1 and 2 must be complete
    at the time of applying, all interns are required to take Step 3 by December 31st of your
    internship year.
  5. Applicants must be graduates of medical schools recognized by the Medical Board of California.
  6. International Medical Graduates must have the following:
    • International Medical Graduates (IMG) must have a valid certificate from ECFMG
    • International Medical Graduates (IMG) must have a California Medical Board Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTL) or indicate to us that it is being processed.
  7. Registration in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP)


2022 Interview dates will be announced when available.

Resident Benefits & Compensation


  • CME funds, see "Salaries"
  • Up-to-Date and SESAP subscriptions
  • Remote access
  • All residents receive a Surface Pro tablet at the start of residency for use inpatient care and teaching activities
  • Health Insurance- your choice of 3 plans, Select, Premier, or a health plan with Kaiser.
  • Dental Insurance- through Delta Dental or Pacific Union Dental.
  • Vision Insurance through VSP
  • Optional American Fidelity Dependent Day Care and FSA accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • State Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Pregnancy & Paternity Leave
  • Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance (including tail coverage)
  • Call Rooms
  • Meal Card
  • Two white lab coats
  • Paid DEA certification to use at our facility

Vacation and CME Time

  • PGY-1: 2 weeks (plus a 5-day gap between PGY-1 and PGY-2, not applicable to off-cycle residents)
  • PGY-2: 3 weeks (plus up to 5 days of approved CME time)
  • PGY-3: 3 weeks (plus up to 5 days of approved CME time)
  • PGY-4: 3 weeks (plus up to 5 days of approved CME time)
  • PGY-5 / Chief Residents: 3 weeks (plus up to 6 days of approved CME time)

Resident Well-Being

  • Residency retreats
  • Dedicated time each month as a class (for example, PGY-I class only) to talk to the chiefs during closed door meetings
  • Employee Assistance Program (confidential counseling, psychological and other support services)
  • Longitudinal mentorship and guidance provided by our attending physicians in private meetings throughout the year
  • Gym located on campus

Salaries (2021-2022)

  • CME Funds: PGY-1: $800 per year; PGY-2 , PGY-3 & PGY-4: $1000 per year; PGY-5:$1500
  • Intern / PGY-1: $51,230 per year
  • PGY-2: $57,886 per year
  • PGY-3: $65,395 per year
  • PGY-4: $72,093 per year
  • PGY-5: $78,707 per year
  • Chief Resident: $84,698 per year
(Updated April 2022)
*Salaries are subject to change: contract negotiations are currently in process.