Prospective Residents

Application Process for the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program​​

Prospective Residents

Eligible applicants will be considered on the basis of residency program-related criteria such as their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. Programs will not discriminate with regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other applicable legally protected status.

Our selection criteria for prospective residents regarding interview and selection depends on multiple factors. These include academic performance both in school (preferably upper third of class) and on their Boards (completion of Part 1 and 2) with a minimum threshold of 550, but we ideally look for applicants scoring above the 80 percentile. In addition, having done some research helps with their status. Strong letters of recommendation from Orthopedic surgeons is important. Also, completing an audition rotation is strongly encouraged. This allows the prospective resident an opportunity to learn about our program and gain additional insight. In addition, it will give the Program Director, Attendings and Residents a chance to work with them and to see how well they fit into our Program.

The complete application deadline is September 30, 2018. Only complete applications on September 30 will be reviewed and considered for interview by the Program Director. Riverside University Health System is participating in the Electronic Residency Applications Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Applications will only be accepted through ERAS, please do not send applications and associated documents through the mail or e-mail. 

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program participates in the National Matching Service​. Please register with them if you wish to be matched with our program. 

Applicants must be or will be graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Minimum Application documentation: Prior to being placed on a rank list, applicants must have submitted the following documentation:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean’s Letter or Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), if available
  • Three letters of reference from physicians
  • Photograph Taken within the last six months
  • COMLEX transcripts
  • USMLE scores
  • Personal Statement
  • If any required documents are in a language other than English, then a translation of the document(s) must be provided

In addition, to be eligible for appointment to RUHS residency training programs, applicants must be either United States Citizens or permanent residents.

Our interview dates to Friday December 7, 2018. If you have been granted an interview, you will be notified by the program coordinator. In order to make the best use of the applicant’s time while visiting our program, it is necessary to limit interviews and tours to specified, pre-scheduled appointments. 

Traveling for the Interview

If you have been granted an interview and are considering your hotel and air transportation options, Ontario International Airport (ONT) is 26 miles to Moreno Valley and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 78 miles to Moreno Valley (traffic is considerably less from Ontario Airport). Local hotel options include Best Western (951) 924-4546, Comfort Inn (951) 242-0699, Regency Inn & Suites (951) 247-8582, the Ayres Hotel and Spa has a special rate of $84 and can be booked at and Hampton Inn & Suites (951) 571-7788 to name a few. 


Applicants who successfully match in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at RUHS Medical Center must provide the following additional documentation prior to the start of the program:

  • Official medical school transcript indicating that a degree was issued and date of issuance
  • Copy of medical school diploma
  • Copy of social security card
  • Copy of current driver’s license
  • Copy of permanent resident card
  • Copy of current BLS and ACLS certifications
  • If required documentation is in different names, then proof of name change (ie marriage certificate or court document) must be provided
  • If any required documents are in a language other than English, that a translation of the documents must be provided.

In addition to the above, prior to the appointment date, the applicant must have successfully completed all RUHS pre-employment requirements, including, but not limited to, a pre-employment physical and Department of Justice background check.

Failure to provide any required documents or to successfully complete all pre-employment requirements by the date of appointment will result in automatic withdrawal from the training program.