Application Process

Traditional Residency Program

At the University of Virginia we participate in the thoracic surgical match coordinated through the NRMP. We have three (3) positions available annually. There are two (2) cardiothoracic positions and one (1) general thoracic surgery track position. It should be noted that the cardiothoracic and thoracic track positions have different match numbers. One of the two cardiothoracic positions is now consistently filled by one of our I-6 residents. Intermittently, one of the other of the two cardiothoracic positions is filled by a 4-3 resident. Each year, the number of positions available in the Traditional Residency program will be posted.

Applicants for the traditional residency will be considered if they are in the fourth postgraduate year in an ACGME-approved General Surgery program. Interested applicants will have their applications reviewed by faculty members of the Divisions of Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery and a select number of individuals will be invited to interview at the University. There are one or two interview dates in late winter/early spring each year depending on the number of open positions. Following the interview process, the faculty meet and determine the rank order, after which the final ranking is submitted to the NRMP in anticipation of the June match.

The University of Virginia does have a 4-3 program to which current residents in good standing in the Department of Surgery at UVA may apply.

To initiate your application to the University of Virginia’s Thoracic Residency Program, please note the following:

I-6 Residency Program

Applicants for the I-6 program will be considered based on individual ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and motivation and preparedness for education in cardiothoracic surgery. Applicants from the following categories will be considered eligible for the I-6 program:

  • Graduates of a US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME)
  • Graduates of a US college of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

Additional eligibility requirements for the I-6 program include:

  • USMLE step 1 and step 2 exams must be passed prior to appointment if matched with program
  • Applicants MUST apply through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) process and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The Interview date for 2018 for the I-6 Thoracic Residency Position:

Friday, January 5, 2018 | 5:00PM: Candidate reception and dinner

Saturday, January 6, 2018 | 6:00AM – 3:00PM: Interviews


For additional information or questions, please contact our Residency Coordinator via phone or email:

Diana Houchens
Thoracic Surgery Residency Coordinator
Phone: 434.982.0332