How to Apply

Application Submission

All applications must be submitted through ERAS. Applications are available through your medical school or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Hard copy applications will not be accepted. Applications should be submitted by November 1st. The Educational Commission must certify permanent immigrants and U.S. citizens who graduated from medical schools outside the United States and Canada for Foreign Medical Graduates. Information about certification and visa sponsorship is available from:

3624 Market Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

You will be notified when your application has been reviewed. Selected candidates will be invited for personal interviews. Interviews will be scheduled in November,  December and January. During the interview, you will meet the program director, faculty physicians, and residents.

Application Requirements

Applicants should use the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) to submit:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Letter of Recommendation from Dean of Medical School
  • Three Additional Letters of Recommendation
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE Scores-Step 1
  • One Page Personal Statement

ERAS allows you to submit four reference letters, which our program only requires three reference letters. It is strongly suggested to provide a paragraph explaining the reasons for your interest in the University of Iowa Orthopedic Residency. Please be advised this letter will be used in screening your application for a potential invitation to interview. Please send the paragraph to in PDF format and name the file Iowa Letter followed by your last name, first name (ex. Iowa Letter_Doe, John).

Interview Dates

November 2, 2018 - Iowa Students and Externs
December 14-15, 2018
January 11-12, 2019

International Center For Orthopaedic Education

The International Center for Orthopaedic Education (ICOE) is a free program that promotes exchange in postgraduate orthopaedic education (fellowships). The ICOE’s mission is to provide better patient care by coordinating educational, teaching, and service experiences between countries around the world. You may view the fellowships offered at the University of Iowa Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation on the University of Iowa GME website.

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certification

Please click here for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certification Rules and Procedures.

ACGME Program Requirements

Please click here for the ACGME Orthopaedic Surgery Program Requirements.