Below you will find information about our program's application process, salary & benefits, and a sample rotation schedule.
The following are the minimum criteria for application to the University of North Dakota General Surgery Residency Program. Due to the large volume of questions and emails that are received during the application period it is difficult for our staff to answer these individually. Please make every attempt to answer any questions you may have from the following information. After reviewing this material, if you have questions please direct them to the Residency Program Staff at gsresidency@UND.edu. Direct questions about application criteria to the Program Director will not be answered.
The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity employer. Applications to the surgical residency program will be accepted without regard to race, gender, country of origin, religion, age, or prior medical experience. Applications will be considered from international medical graduates, applicants currently in residency training, and all other qualified applicants provided they meet the minimum application criteria as described below.
Applications will only be accepted electronically through ERAS from September 29 through October 31. All applicants should have completed both steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE with a minimum score of 220 on the first attempt prior to the application deadline (October 31). In addition, the following are required to be present by the application deadline for each application to be considered complete:
- Medical school transcript
- MSPE letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Copy of medical school diploma (if graduated)
- Date of graduation--not a requirement but prefer within the past 3 years; must be accompanied by documentation of all activities since date of medical school graduation or residency training in the past 3 years. Applicants currently in residency training should include a letter from their current program director and an explanation of why they are seeking an alternative residency training program.
- Three letters of recommendation - one should be from your Program Director
- Copies of USMLE scores
- Personal statement
International medical graduates (IMGs) should forward a copy of their ECFMG certificate, copy of their visa or green card and verification of a minimum of 3 months clinical experience in a U.S. medical facility in addition to the above criteria. All IMG applicants are expected to be proficient and conversant in English. Our program accepts only ECFMG sponsored J1 visas.
All applications are received and processed as per the timeline below. Appropriate applicants are then invited for interviews (see timeline and interview sections below).
September 29, 2021: ERAS applications accepted and reviewed.
October 11, 2021: Interview invitations will start to be sent to applicants.
November 1 and 15, December 13: Interview dates.
February 1, 2022: Interviewed applicants ranked and match list prepared and submitted to NRMP--can begin entering ROL on January 15, 2019
March 2, 2022: Deadline for registration and ROL certification at 9:00 pm Eastern Time
March 14, 2022: Match week begins: A detailed Match Week and SOAP schedule will be released as soon as it is finalized.
March 18, 2022: MATCH DAY! Medical school Match Day ceremonies at 12:00 pm. ET. Match results are posted in the R3 system at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.
Invitations for interviews are based on thorough review of all applications by the Residency Selection Committee. Appropriate applicants are identified by a scoring system that incorporates all aspects of each applicant’s criteria including medical school performance (honors grades in courses, surgery rotation grade and other honors), USMLE scores, recommendations, MSPE letter, personal statement, and pertinent extracurricular activities. Appropriate candidates are then invited for an interview by email notification through ERAS.
The interview process for the 2022 – 2023 entering class will be held via Zoom. We will Interview 20 applicants for each interview date. Each applicant will have interviews with three to four faculty members, including Program Director, Associate Program Directors and Chief residents.
After all interviews are conducted, appropriate candidates completing the interview process are ranked by the Residency Selection Committee. This rank list is then submitted to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) per the NRMP timeline (see timeline section above). The UND Surgical Residency Program complies fully with all guidelines of the NRMP for both categorical and preliminary positions. No positions will be offered before or outside of the Match. A criminal history check will be conducted on the finalist prior to beginning employment.
We are currently accepting visiting students for surgical rotations. Please contact Marlys Peterson at marlys.peterson@UND.edu for more information.
Salary & benefits
- PG-5 = $69,656
- PG-4 = $67,238
- PG-3 = $64,901
- PG-2 = $62,647
- PG-1 = $60,468
The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences provides professional liability insurance coverage for physicians and medical residents performing medical procedures as part of their educational program. Physicians and medical residents who perform medical procedures or practice medicine outside of their educational program are not covered under the policy.
From time to time, medical residents will perform procedures at facilities outside the medical school. Such activities may be compensated or uncompensated, but unless the medical resident involved in such activity has received prior approval from his or her Program Director, such activity will not be considered as within the parameters of the resident's program, and the resident will not be within the coverage of the medical school liability policy.
Medical residents who anticipate performing medical procedures at facilities outside the medical school should request approval from their Program Director. Such approval will not be withheld unreasonably if the activity is, in the sole discretion of the Program Director, an essential activity relevant to the resident's program.
Limits of Liability
- CSL Each Occurrence: $1 million aggregate
- Institutional Professional Liability: $1 million limit per medical incident
- Physician Professional Liability: $1 million limit per medical incident
Cost to Resident
No charge. Premium is paid by the School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
Disability insurance coverage begins on your first day of employment.
Definition of Disability
You are disabled from your own occupation if, as a result of sickness, accidental bodily injury, or pregnancy, you are either:
- Unable to perform with reasonable continuity the material duties of your own occupation; or
- Unable to earn more than 80 percent of your Indexed Predisability Earnings while working in your own occupation.
Disability Waiting Period
Disability payment begins after 90 days of continuous disability. You will begin to accrue days towards this waiting period from the date you become disabled (usage of sick leave has no effect on the waiting period).
Disability Payment Coverage Amounts
- 1st & 2nd Year Residents — $ 2,000 per month
- 3rd Year and Higher Residents — $ 3,000 per month
All residents leaving the program have the option to continue disability insurance coverage at their own expense. This must be done within 61 days of the resident leaving the UND program. You must be a citizen or a resident of the United States or Canada and have been on the UND group plan for at least 12 months to use this conversion option.
Exclusions and Limitations
- You are not covered for a disability caused or contributed to by a war.
- You are not covered for a disability caused or contributed to by an intentionally self-inflicted injury.
You are not covered for a disability caused or contributed to by a pre-existing condition (please ask for additional information to clarify specific situations).
Resident/Fellow Health Insurance Information Summary
Cost to Resident
No charge. Both single and family plan premiums are paid by the School of Medicine.
Health insurance coverage will be effective immediately on the first day of employment.
- The Subscriber's (Resident's/Fellow's) spouse under a legally existing marriage as determined by the jurisdiction in which the marriage occurred.
- The Subscriber's (Resident's/Fellow's) children, or those of the Subscriber's living, covered spouse, who are under the age of 26 years. Newborn children, of an eligible member, are covered dependents from birth under the Family contract. Please ask for additional information concerning all child coverage definitions.
Changes in Coverage
The Subscriber (Resident/Fellow) is responsible for notifying the UND School of Medicine of any and all status changes within 31 days of such change.
Benefit Period Definition
Calendar year (January 1 through December 31)
This contract applies a Deductible Amount to all Covered Services except Accident Care, Pre-Admission Testing Services, Outpatient Surgery Procedures included in the Outpatient Surgery Incentive Program, home IV or antibiotic therapy and Second Surgical Opinion Services. In addition, the Deductible Amount is waived for initial inpatient newborn care during the first 30 days of life.
Single (Individual): $100 per Benefit Period
Family: $200 per Benefit Period
Coinsurance Maximum Amounts
The coinsurance applied to many of the Covered Services is 80%. Ask for additional information on coinsurance policies.
Single (Individual): $1,000 per Benefit Period
Family: $2,000 per Benefit Period
Maximum Deductible & Coinsurance Amounts for One Benefit Period
Single (Individual): $1,100 per Benefit Period
Family: $2,200 per Benefit Period
COBRA is the federal law that entitles a member who becomes ineligible for coverage under the UND School of Medicine to continue health insurance coverage at their own expense. Please ask for further information.
For additional information, please contact:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
3570 42nd St #B
Grand Forks, ND 58201
701.795.5340 or 800.342.4718
This summary presents a brief explanation of the covered services and payment levels of this product.
It should not be used to determine whether your health care expenses will be paid.
The written contract governs the benefits available.