Applying to SIU Plastic Surgery Program

Social Media

Instagram – SIUPlasticSurgery
Facebook – SIU Plastic Surgery Additionally, applicants can follow our program social media pages.
Instagram – SIUplasticsurgeryresidents - this is a resident-run page with the goal of showing prospective applicants what life is like as a resident.

Interview dates

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2023 (social) & Wednesday, December 20, 2023 (interview)
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 (social) & Wednesday, January 24, 2024 (interview)

American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) website

If you haven’t done so already, familiarize yourself with the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) webpage which includes resources for medical students who are interested in Plastic Surgery. This website contains official information about the Plastic Surgery Application Process, what to look for in a residency, and updates regarding the application process.  A link to the ACAPS website can be found here.


We recommend that those interested in applying to SIU’s Plastic Surgery Residency Program apply to participate in our 2-4 week Sub-Internship.  Participating in a Sub-Internship demonstrates your interest in our program and gives you a chance to get to know and work with us.  For students interested in participating in an away rotation, please visit the Visiting Student Rotation webpage on our site.  

PSCA application

SIU is only accepting PSCA applications this year (2023-2024).

ERAS application

SIU is not accepting ERAS applications for the 2023-2024 cycle. Please apply through PSCA. 

Letters of recommendation

These should be people who know you well.  It is generally recommended that at least 3 of your letters of recommendation are from surgeons, particularly plastic surgeons.  We comply with the standard letter of recommendation form used for NRMP plastic surgery match produced by ACAPS, which is found on the ACAPS website, and here).

Secondary application

SIU’s Plastic Surgery program requires a secondary application which applicants are invited to submit after the PSCA application and all letters of recommendation are received.  The cohesion of the residents with each other as well as with the faculty and the community are what make this program incredibly unique. Please take the time to fill this out thoughtfully and completely. We would not ask this of you, during a very busy time, if we did not believe it to be critical.

Interview invitations

All interview offers will be sent on Thursday, November 9, 2023. 

Scheduling interviews

Applicants and programs may not be scheduled for an interview until Monday, November 13, 2023 at 8:00am PST (10:00am CST) per ACAPS guidelines.

Foreign graduates

All foreign graduates should submit a copy of your ECFMG certificate. SIU School of Medicine accepts J-1 Visa’s only. In order for you to be considered for interview, all of the required information must be submitted by the designated deadline. (Click here for GME link for foreign graduates)

Institutional residency program information

Click here to learn more about our institutional residency program information.

Who can I contact for more information?

Naya Jackson, Residency Program Administrator