The West Virginia University Department of Orthopaedics participates in the National Residency Matching Program via ERAS Electronic Residency Application Service and requires the following materials:

  • Completed application form
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination scores
  • Certified copy of the applicant's medical school transcript
  • Dean's Letter
  • Three letters of recommendation from orthopaedic surgeons. Additional letters of recommendation are accepted.
  • All required material must be in by the application deadline of October 1st.

West Virginia University sponsors J-1 visas only.

Interview Selection Criteria

Our program admits four PGY-1 trainees on July 1st of each year, 3 in the clinical track (5 years) and 1 in the research track (6 years). Candidates are selected for interviews on the basis of their medical school transcripts, United States Medical Licensing Examination scores, letters of recommendation and the personal criteria of each faculty member. Final selection is based on the preceding information, the interview and on evaluations of the applicant's fourth-year medical school rotations.

Interviews are conducted on a Saturday/Monday in December.  Each candidate is interviewed by as many faculty members as possible. Candidates are assessed based on perceived intellectual ability and personality fit to the Department of Orthopaedics. Candidates have ample time to talk with residents in the program and to tour the facilities at WVU. Additionally, a casual night out the evening preceding the interview day is usually scheduled.