How to Apply

OHSU participates in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications must be submitted electronically through the ERAS system by November 1 to be considered. Please contact your dean's office for your student workstation software and information on the electronic application process.

A complete application is standard and includes the following items:

  • ERAS application (CV) with photograph
  • Medical school dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (Three is the minimum and we will accept up to four letters.)
  • USMLE board scores (We do not have a minimum cutoff score.)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Your personal statement (Please include a few sentences in your personal statement to let us know why you are interested in OHSU/Oregon.)

It is not necessary to send a return postcard or call to check the status of your application. The ERAS system will automatically notify you as we download your information into our files. After the application review process is complete, you will be notified via email of your interview status. Please note that our review process lasts well into November and we generally send out interview invitations the week of Thanksgiving.

If you have had postgraduate training, send letters of recommendation from the program director(s) of your first postgraduate year and any subsequent residency training.

Interviewing: what to expect

Residency interview dates for the 2017-2018 academic year are:

  • Friday, December 16, 2016
  • Wednesday, January 4, 2017
  • Monday, January 23, 2017

On the night before the interviews, we will be having a small gathering for the applicants. This is a good opportunity to mingle with our residents and gain insight and perspective into our program in a casual setting.

The interview day will begin at 6:30 am and continue until approximately 2 p.m. The day begins with presentations from Dr. Jung Yoo, Chairman of the Orthopaedics Department, Dr. Darin Friess, Program Director of the Orthopaedics Residency Program, and one of our chief residents.

Interviews will follow from 7:30 a.m. and each candidate will interview with several faculty members and residents. Each interview will last 20 minutes. In addition, all applicants will meet separately with Dr. Darin Friess for 15 minutes. Time will be allocated between interviews for a casual question and answer session with Dr. Yoo.


For more information, please contact Robin Sasaoka, Resident and Fellowship Program Coordinator, at 503 494-5842 or e-mail . See the AMA's fellowship and residency electronic interactive database for more details (FREIDA). Upon acceptance and hiring, drug testing and criminal record checks will be done as part of the hiring process for OHSU.