How to Apply

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

All residents admitted must have a MD or DO degree from a Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) accredited institution. Graduates from foreign medical schools must present evidence of final certification by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Required documentation:

  • MyERAS Application
  • Medical School Program Evaluation or Dean's Letter
  • Transcripts
  • Photo
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Step 1 Pass/Fail (Step 2- if completed by your interview date)
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae

We review the entire application and consider all aspects of the application. 


University of Iowa Thoracic Surgery Residency Program is proud to be accredited by the ACGME.


American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification

In order to be eligible for American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) certification, candidates must fulfill all residency requirements of the ABTS in force at the time their applications are received.

Candidates for certification must successfully complete a six-year integrated residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in a program accredited by the ACGME's Review Committee on Thoracic Surgery (RRC-TS). Residents must have 12 months of continuous senior responsibility, satisfactory performance on ABTS exams, a full and unrestricted medical license, and ethical and moral standing in their profession.

Education and adequate operative experience in both general thoracic surgery and cardiac surgery are essential parts of approved thoracic surgery residency programs, irrespective of the area of thoracic surgery in which a candidate may choose to practice.

The Interview

Each year we invite approximately 20 candidates to interview for our one available position. Our interview season typically begins in November and continues through January.

Once your application has been received through ERAS and reviewed, you will be contacted if chosen to be a good fit for our program. Our program uses Thalamus to schedule all interviews.

Due to COVID-19, all integrated interviews will be conducted virtually. During your interview, you will have the opportunity to talk with our current residents and fellows as well as a majority of the Cardiothoracic Surgery faculty.