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Medical School

Eligible applicants must be graduates of a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), or have graduated from an international medical school listed by the World Health Organization published in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

USMLE/COMLEX Examinations

Applicants must have passed USMLE Steps 1 and 2 (CK and CS) or the COMLEX equivalent PRIOR to being invited for an interview.

Medical Licensure

Applicants must be eligible to obtain a Kentucky medical training license.


The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) General Surgery Residency Program will not discriminate against any individual based upon race, color, race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniformed service, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, social or economic status, or whether the person is a smoker or nonsmoker, as long as the person complies with University and affiliated hospital policy concerning smoking.

Preferred Qualifications

This program selects from eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and other personal qualities.

The program’s preferred qualifications include:

  1. USMLE scores of 225 and above on each step or COMLEX scores of 550 and above on each step
  2. No failures on any step of the USMLE or COMLEX

Application and Matching Services

The General Surgery Residency Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). All applications are processed through ERAS®. All other applications will not be accepted.

Applications Must Include the Following:

  1. The common ERAS® application form;
  2. USMLE scores (or COMLEX equivalent – Steps 1, 2 (CK and CS) required for all applicants;
  3. ECFMG report and certificate for international medical graduates including US applicants attending medical schools outside the US;
  4. Official medical school transcript;
  5. Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE);
  6. Three letters of professional reference; and
  7. Personal statement.

The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for both US and international medical graduates.


This program does not accept applications from candidates who have graduated from medical school more than 24 months prior to the anticipated PGY-1 start date UNLESS they have been in a training program or in active practice within that time period.

Eligible international medical graduates must have a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) at the time of application. In order to achieve ECFMG certification, international medical graduates must submit their credentials to the ECFMG and pass competency tests. International medical graduates must obtain their ERAS® Application Kits from the ECFMG, which will issue them only to qualified applicants.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) General Surgery Residency Program accepts applications from foreign nationals who are holders of a Green Card (permanent resident) and individuals who are prepared to have a J-1 visa sponsored by the ECFMG. This program does not support H-1 visas.

Applications from candidates who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.


Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email. Interviews will be scheduled between November 1 and January 31. If you are extended an invitation for an interview, we encourage you to contact our offices as soon as possible. Interviews are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please note there is a limited number of applicant positions that can be accommodated on any given interview day.

Interviewees will meet with the program director, program coordinator, core faculty, tour our facilities, and have lunch with current medical students and trainees located at The Medical Center at Bowling Green.


We appreciate your interest in our residency program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Program Coordinator, Adina Husic at (270) 745-1394 or via email at

For additional information including stipends and benefits, GME policies and procedures, please visit our Applicants page.