How to Apply

We hope that you will apply to Brown's Orthopaedic Residency Program. While there is no perfect applicant, we use a variety of factors to make our rank list. A group of faculty and residents together review applications with particular focus on: 

  • academic performance in medical school and the USMLE Step 1 score (the minimum Step 1 score for the 2016-2017 interview season was 240)
  • extracurricular (medical and non-medical) activities 
  • research endeavors

Application Process

The Department of Orthopaedics participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  Each year, Brown Orthopaedics matches six first-year residents (PGY-1s).  All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

Application Requirements

  • Photograph
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • CV
  • USMLE Step 1 score
  • 3 letters of recommendation, a Chairman's letter is not required.  In lieu of the traditional letter of recommendation, we will accept the CORD SLOR form.


Electronic Standardized Letter of Recommendation (eSLOR)

 The Electronic Standardized Letter of Recommendation (eSLOR) provides orthopaedic residency programs a concise perspective on a candidate. It replaces a separate narrative letter of recommendation.

It was devised and adopted by the members of the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD), which represents a substantial portion of orthopaedic residency programs in the United States and Canada.

Required Steps for Applicants

Prior to creating an eSLOR, medical students must:

  • Sign an agreement
  • Provide their ERAS AAMC ID

Medical students: click here to complete this step.

Please do not email or mail additional documents directly to the program.  All documents must be uploaded in (ERAS).

Application Deadline 

The deadline for submitting application material in (ERAS) is October 1, 2021. Any application submitted after this date will not be considered. 

Interview Day

Interview dates: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 and Tuesday, January 18, 2022.  At this time, we are planning in person interviews with offers for virtual interviews.  This may change depending upon the COVID health environment and we will be updating this website.  We typically hold two interview days every year, with each day split into two groups – a morning and an afternoon group. As much as the day is for us to interview you, we hope that you get a good sense for our program, residents, faculty and facilities as well.

There will be a few presentations on the program to start off the interview day, followed by roughly 4-5 interview sessions with faculty and residents. Interspersed with the interviews will be guided hospital tours of Rhode Island Hospital, as well as a tour of our research facility which is located just a few blocks away. The residents have the entire day off from clinical duties and will be available to answer any questions – so be sure to meet them to get an idea of who we are!

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email our Residency Coordinator, Suzanne Swanson at [email protected]