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Resident Applications and Interviews

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Interviews during 2020-2021 for the class of 2027 will be held virtually on the dates listed below.

MON DEC 7    2 Sessions - 7:00-11:00 & 12:00-4:00 (10 applicants in am, 10 in pm)
WED DEC 9     2 Sessions - 7:00-11:00 & 12:00-400 (10 applicants in am, 10 in pm)
WED JAN 13   2 Sessions - 7:00-11:00 & 12:00-4:00 (10 applicants in am, 10 in pm)

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:

  • A brief summary about yourself.
  • A description of your short and long-term goals.
  • 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 medical school class standing.  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.