How to Apply

Positions for the Duke Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Residency Program are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).  We only accept applications through the electronic systems ERAS. Foreign medical graduates must hold a valid, current ECFMG certificate and be eligible to obtain a North Carolina medical license (must have passed each step of the USMLE or COMLEX in three attempts or less per step to be eligible for a NC medical license).

Thoracic surgery residency applicants must have taken and passed the first two parts of the appropriate medical licensure examination (USMLE or COMLEX) to be eligible for entry to any program. A USMLE Step II Score is required for application to the program. This applies to all graduate medical trainees, regardless of country of origin.

Please be advised that you must take and pass Part III prior to being promoted to the PGY-2 level.

Application Requirements

  • A personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • ERAS application
  • Three letters of recommendation from physicians who have worked closely with you during medical school or laboratory research
  • Dean’s letter
  • USMLE parts I and II
  • Medical school transcript
  • ECFMG certificate (foreign medical graduates only)


Application Due Dates

Applications are due on November 15, and interviews are conducted virtually in January and Early February.

For more information, please refer to the Duke Office of Graduate Medical Education Web site.