How to Apply

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina participates in the National Resident Matching Program and accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Services system of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). All applicants are required to complete the universal application form available through ERAS and submit this along with a board scores, three letters of reference, personal statement, a dean's letter, and medical school transcripts. All applicants must have successfully passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 exams (or the equivalent COMLEX Step 3 Exam or MCCQE Parts I and II).

Residents are selected on a fair and equal basis without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or sexual orientation. Selection of applicants is based upon qualities such as publications, test scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement and fit with the department upon interview. Of particular importance is a demonstrated commitment to cardiothoracic surgery. Interested medical students can optimize their chances of matching into the residency program by doing more than just their required clinical rotations by either spending time doing cardiothoracic-related research or more focused time in cardiothoracic surgery rotations. It is also strongly encouraged that applicants to the integrated program spend time in clinical rotations on Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.  

Please contact the Program Coordinator  for further information regarding scheduling an elective rotation.

 Diana Heyward 
Diana Gillard-Heyward, MA