How to Apply

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Eligibility Requirements Effective July 1, 2016

All required clinical education for entry into ACGME-accredited fellowship programs must be completed in an ACGME-accredited surgery, or vascular surgery residency program, or in an RCPSC-accredited or CFPC- accredited general surgery, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, or vascular surgery residency program located in Canada.

Residents graduating from an osteopathic program in "pre-accreditation" status are not eligible for appointment. It is the opinion of the Thoracic Surgery Review Committee that residents must be in an ACGME-accredited program at the time of application, as there is no way for the fellowship program to know if the applicant's program will receive the required "initial accreditation" status by the time of graduation.

Visa Policy

The J-1 alien physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all U of MN graduate medical education programs, as well as the Thoracic Surgery training program. We will also consider applicants with H1-B visas. Additional information on the Institution visa policies can be found on the UMN-GME webpage.

Application Instructions

Please submit your application via ERAS (ACGME ID: 4602621046, Program Name: University of Minnesota Program, Minneapolis, MN).

The required electronic application documents are as follows:

  • Common Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Photo
  • ECFMG Status Report (foreign medical graduates only)

We look forward to receiving your application documents electronically. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Coordinator, Mitch Gmyrek, at