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Resident Applications and Interviews

Our 2019 - 2020 Interview Dates have been set!

Save the DateOur interview sessions will be conducted on the dates below.  Both a morning and an afternoon session are offered for each date.  While the interview process is only half a day, we encourage you to attend the social events hosted by our residents the night before the interview and to spend a little extra time getting to know Oklahoma City.  We look forward to meeting several of you this year!

December 5, December 9, January 8

How to Apply

Instructions and Information for Applicants to Our Residency Program

Deadline for submitting Application and Documents: October 15

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS): We use ERAS for the NRMP match process.  An Applicant Information Sheet is available to explain how it works by accessing the Internet at

Application Requirements:
We require the following documents, most of which can be transmitted to us by ERAS after you supply them to your Dean's Office:

1.     Completed ERAS Application

2.     Personal Statement (via ERAS)

3.     Medical School Transcript (via ERAS)

4.     Dean's Letter (MSPE) (via ERAS)

5.     Three (3) or more Letters of Recommendation (via ERAS)

6.     High-Resolution Photograph (via ERAS)

7.     USMLE Transcript (via ERAS)

8.     ECFMG Status Report (foreign medical graduates only) (via ERAS)

Medical School Transcript: If you have already graduated from medical school, your transcript should include the entire fourth year.

Recommendation Letters: A letter from orthopedic faculty with whom you have worked at your school will carry the most weight and is recommended.  Following that, in descending order of preference, letters from other orthopedic faculty, other medical school faculty, practicing orthopedic surgeons, and other physicians who are familiar with you.

USMLE Transcript: We require a complete and official transcript from NBME, which you must request.

Additional Information: We receive approximately 400 - 500 completed applications through ERAS each year.  Our Screening Committee reviews these applications and approximately 60 applicants are invited to interview on 3 selected days in late December and/or early January.  Most applicants invited to interview are well-rounded individuals who are in the upper one-third of their class and have high board scores.  Many are members of AOA and Gold Humanism Society.  We typically do not contact applicants about documents missing in their files.  Any file that is not complete by the deadline will not be reviewed in the screening process.

In addition to the documents listed above, we encourage all applicants to submit a separate OU Letter of Interest (see below).  This allows our team of reviewers to evaluate your interest in our program and in living in Oklahoma.  While your application will be considered complete without this submission, the information provided is very valuable to the review process.

Calls and questions may be directed to Alexandra Watson or Janet Moore, Residency Program Coordinators, at 405-271-5964 or 271-4426 or by e-mail to

Residency Program Agreement Sample

Resident Eligibility and Selection Sample

Separate OU Letter of Interest

Submit (by clicking here) a separate, brief personal letter of interest to be reviewed by the Residency Selection Committee.  Your statement should include the following information:

  • Any involvement or ties you may have to the State of Oklahoma or the surrounding region, and/or a brief explanation of why you believe you would do well living and training in Oklahoma for five years.
  • Your class standing if your school ranks students.  This includes estimated class standing, such as quartiles, quintiles, etc.
  • An accounting for any breaks in your education greater than three months since high school.

Life in Oklahoma City

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus is one of only a few comprehensive health centers in the nation with seven health professional Colleges – Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Studies – right in the heart of the state capitol, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City metro area has great educational opportunities, professional sports, a strong economy, a commitment to the arts, and one of the lowest costs of living in the United States.