How to Apply

Please join a Q&A with our program director, Dr. Dyer, our associate program directors, and a panel of residents to address frequently asked question surrounding the application process during COVID-19. Please join the Zoom meeting on Tuesday, October 13th at 7pm ET at this link:

Thank you for your interest in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. Each year, we offer 12 PGY-1 positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

All application materials must be received through ERAS by this date. Only complete applications will be considered by the selection committee.

Complete applications must include:

  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation; Standards Letters of Recommendation (SLORs) are preferred.
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Step 1 Score Report

Note: USMLE Step 2 CK and 2 CS are not required at the time of application, but we do require applicants to have taken both parts of the Step 2 by December 31, 2020. Please ensure that your Step 2 scores are uploaded to ERAS as soon as they are available. Massachusetts now requires physicians to pass USMLE Steps 1, 2CK and 2CS in order to obtain a limited license to practice medicine.

Our selection committee is particularly interested in your personal statement and letters of recommendation. Your personal statement and letters should tell us about your unique qualities and experiences, why you have chosen orthopaedics and your goals in becoming an orthopaedic surgeon. This is also where you should explain any interruptions in your education.

A select number of candidates will be invited for interviews. We are participating in the AOA's Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) Universal interview Offer Day on November 23rd at 10am.  For more information, please see the flyer attached to this page or visit the FOR RESIDENTS & STUDENTS section of the AOA website at 

We will offer two interview dates: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021. This year, interviews will be conducted virtually.

If you have any questions, please call the residency program office at (617) 726-2942 or send an email to

HCORP Interns and Residents are employed by Partners Healthcare System. We invite you to explore the trainee contract, policies and benefits offered through the Partners Office for Graduate Medical Education.