How to Apply

2024 Virtual Information Sessions

The PA Surgical Residency program will offer two virtual information sessions for those interested in learning more about the program.

Both will be held via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

Session 1: Monday, January 8, 7pm

Registration deadline: Friday, January 5

Session 2: Tuesday, January 23, 7pm

Registration deadline: Monday, January 15

To register for an information session, email:


Applicants must have:

  • Graduated from a PA training program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
  • Passed or be eligible to take the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification examination

Class of 2024-2025 Application Timeline

  • January 1 – Program begins accepting applications
  • March 1 – Application deadline
  • Late March (TBD) – Virtual interviews

Application Requirements

A complete application includes the following (do not staple together):

  • Application (Word document)
  • Official transcripts from any college(s) and the PA school you attended
  • Copies of BLS and ACLS certification cards
  • A one-page typewritten narrative stating why you are interested in the Duke University PA Surgical Residency Program
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (including one from your PA Program)
  • Official NCCPA exam scores (if certified); certification before August 31 is mandatory
  • A signed copy of the authorization agreement
  • The application fee of $25, made payable to Duke University

All application documents should be scanned and emailed to no later than March 3, 2023 for First Round interviews, and March 31, 2023 for Second Round interviews.

The application fee of $25, made payable to Duke University can be mailed to:

Jennie Phillips
DUMC 3530
Durham, NC 27710


Selected applicants will be invited for a virtual interview based on evidence of academic achievement, interpersonal skills, motivation, personal maturity, enthusiasm, and a strong desire for further development of their surgical skills and knowledge.

Interview dates for 2024 will be announced soon.


All candidates will be notified in writing of the admission committee's decision.

Candidates who have been interviewed are notified of the admission committee's decision as early as 10 days following interview and no later than June 1.

Candidates may confirm their place in the class by submission of the PA Residency Employment Agreement.

A ranked alternate list will be maintained for those candidates who have been interviewed for a position in the class. Should an accepted candidate withdraw from the program prior to the program start date, the position will be offered to the highest ranked candidate on the alternate list.


Inquiries regarding admissions or the application process should be directed to:

Jennie Phillips
Duke University Medicine Center
Regular Mail: Box 3530
Durham, North Carolina 27710

Inquiries regarding the clinical structure of the program should be directed to the Program Director:

Christina Steigerwald, PA-C