General Surgery Residency


Prospective Residents

Application Process:

At the University of Illinois, we participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Prospective general surgery residents wishing to apply to the University of Illinois at Chicago will need to submit their application documents electronically via the ERAS website.  Applications submitted directly to the department will not be accepted.

Foreign prospective general surgery residents: At this time the surgical residency program at UIC can only consider applicants with the appropriate J-1 visa sponsored through ECFMG.

Enrollment Criteria

Our program is approved for 7 categorical positions and 2 preliminary first year positions. Incoming residents over the past three years have mean USMLE scores of 236. Applicants must be within five years of medical school graduation.  The following documents are REQUIRED for review:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Scores (minimum 240 with passing score on first attempt)
  • ECFMG Certificate* if applicable

A completed application must be available to us no later than November 1st for the following academic year.  Submitting your application does not guarantee an interview. After review of applications, prospective residents will be receiving an email through the ERAS system if selected for interview.

The program does not offer positions prior to the Match.

For more information, please contact:

Program Directors:

Martin Borhani, MD, FACS

George Havelka, MD


Hemali Shah, C-TAGME, PACE

Contact by email: [email protected]

Contact by mail:

Department of Surgery, MC 958
840 South Wood Street, Suite 376-CSN
Chicago IL 60612

Contact by phone:

312-996-6765 (office)
312-355-3722 (fax)

Current Residents

UIC offers collegiality, a large academic center experience with more surgical autonomy than most programs, and I am thankful for the robust operative trauma experience that Chicago provides. I am thankful to train at UIC. – Rembrandt VanDruff, MD (PGY1)

The comradery in the general surgery program at UIC is one of the many aspects that brought me to match with the program. Surgery in general is difficult and the opportunity to have senior residents and attendings that help foster your learning as well as challenge you daily both in and outside of the operating room has made this program mean a great deal to me. I feel that each year within the program I am given new avenues to enhance my surgical craft whether it be an open procedure, laparoscopic and robotic. Living in Chicago also offers me the ability to see and treat cases that would not be available in other institutions. Oh and its also home to the Chicago Cubs!! – Hans Blunck, MD (PGY3)

I choose UIC for 5 main reasons: 1) Excellent operative trauma experience with Christ Hospital, one of the busiest Level 1 Trauma Centers in Illinois. 2) The VA. I wanted a program where there was a VA rotation as it offers an excellent opportunity of increased resident autonomy and operative experience. 3) The extensive vascular exposure we get as residents both at UIC and Christ. I felt the exposure to vascular surgery would be useful in my armamentatrium as a General Surgeon no matter what sub-specialty I end up pursuing. 4) UIC is know for an emphasis on MIS with significant exposure to advanced laparoscopy and robotics. 5) The residents. They seemed very happy to see each other and they seemed to get along very well when I was at the pre-interview dinner.Michael Cudworth, MD (PGY5)