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Colon and Rectal Surgery Application Process

Application Process

Application Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for the program, you must:

  1. Be an MD or DO
  2. Be eligible for a Temporary Education Permit (TEP), or Nebraska Permanent Medical License
  3. Prior to the entering the program, applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME- or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited residency program in surgery of not less than five years of progressive education; and, be certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) or have completed the educational requirements to sit for the ABS qualifying examinations
  4. Prior to entering the program, applicants should have demonstrated a satisfactory level of clinical maturity, technical skills, and surgical judgment which will enable them to begin a residency in colon and rectal surgery for the purpose of specializing in this field of surgery.
  5. Hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  6. Complete an application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and must include:
    • USMLE (Step 1, 2, 3), or COMLEX (Level 1, 2, 3) scores
    • Three reference letters including one from your residency program director (submitted via ERAS)
    • ABSITE scores or equivalent
    • Personal statement and other supporting documents

Interview Process

For in person interviews

Interviews are conducted on Mondays during the months of August through October, from approximately 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Selected candidates will be contacted via email for interviews.

The night before the interview, selected candidates are invited to attend an optional dinner with our current fellow and faculty. The program coordinator will send out a formal itinerary and dinner details a week prior to the interview date.

For interviews by Zoom

Interviews will be set up Monday-Fridays between 4pm and 7pm during the months of August through October. Selected candidates will be contacted via email for interviews.

All faculty will interview the candidates, in a one on one or group zoom. The candidates will be given information to reach out to the current and past fellow. The program coordinator will send out Program information and details prior to the interview date.

If you have any questions about our program or the application process, please feel free to contact us: Loretta Melichar (

Contact Us

Zachary Torgersen, MD

Program Coordinator
Loretta Melichar

Creighton University School of Medicine Colon and Rectal Surgery
9850 Nicholas St.
Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68114

Ph: 402.354.1810
Fax: 402.343.1177
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.