General Surgery Residency Program
Message from the Program Director:
Welcome to the Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program.
Program Director, Gregory J. Gallina, M.D., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Our program, which began in July 2012 as an AOA-approved program, became ACGME-Continued accredited in 2019. At our residency, we are committed to training the highest level of physician and skilled surgeon who can move directly into fellowship or practice with equal confidence. The program provides residents the opportunity to acquire a broad understanding of general surgical principles and appropriate technical and motor skills in the community and academic setting. We offer residents professional and personal growth through meaningful responsibilities that increase with each level of training.
Thank you for your interest in our program,
Gregory J. Gallina, M.D., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Gregory J. Gallina, M.D., F.A.S.C.R.S. – General Surgery Program Director & DME
Tel. : 201-710-2753
Applying to Our Program
Residency program applications will be accepted and reviewed only via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Applications will be accepted beginning in September for the Match that takes place the following March.
- · 2 Months night float
- · 2 Months PMC (GS)
- · 6 Months EHMC (GS)
- · 2 months PMC (GI)
PGY2s (no nights)
- · 4 Months Trauma/ICU HUMC
- · 2 Months Peds HUMC
- · 1 Month PMC (GS)
- · 5 Months EHMC (GS)
- · 2-3 Months of Trauma night float HUMC
- · 1 Month transplant HUMC
- · 2 Month ACS HUMC
- · 6 Months EHMC (GS)
- · 2 Months night float PMC
- · 2 Months PMC (GS)
- · 2 months Trauma HUMC
- · 1 Month Transplant HUMC
- · 2 Months MIS HUMC
- · 3 Months EHMC (GS)
- · 2 Months night float EHMC(GS)
- · 2 Months PMC(GS)
- · 8 Months EHMC(GS)
Medical Student Audition Rotation
The HMH- Palisades Medical Center Graduate Medical Education programs share common criteria and processes for the recruitment and selection of residency and fellowship training candidates. The application process meets all requirements of the Equal Employment Opportunity and the Americans with Disability Act, in insuring that all qualified applicants are afforded a review without discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or any other applicable legally protected status.
Minimum requirements general and minimum requirements for eligibility for consideration for a General Surgery Audition Rotation at HMH- Palisades Medical Center General Surgery Program are:
- Anticipated graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
- Anticipated graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
- A US citizen or permanent resident
- Successful completion of USMLE Step 1 OR COMLEX Level 1
- We prefer a minimum USMLE Step 1 score of 225 OR COMLEX Level 1 score of 550.
- Honors in surgery or High Pass in surgery
If you meet all the above requirements you can email Maria Pallarino- Medical Student Coordinator the following in a PDF. document to Maria.Pallarino@hackensackmeridian.org:
- Updated Curriculum Vitae
- Comlex or USMLE official score report
- Medical School Transcript
Rotations will be scheduled on a rolling, first – come, first-served basis.
Follows our block schedule of 13 Blocks
Rotations dates will be confirmed within 1 or 2 weeks of application submission. ( if all documents are available) If you requested dates and are not available, you will be contacted with alternatives.
How to Apply
A completed Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is required, which includes the following:
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or “Dean’s Letter”)
- Medical student transcript
- Curriculum vitae
- At least 3 letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- USMLE Step 1 scores Or Comlex 1 Scores
- USMLE Step 2 scores or Comlex 2 Scores
- ECFMG Status Report, if applicable
For information on ERAS, please access www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras, or contact your medical school academic office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you sponsor visas?
A: We do not sponsor visas at this time.
Q: How many categorical positions are available?
Q: Do you accept foreign medical graduates?
A: Yes we do.
Q: What are the cut off scores for USMLE or Comlex?
A: We generally, do not accept applicants with scores below 225 for USMLE or for Comlex below 550 on step 1 and 2.
Q:What is the application deadline?
A: At this time we do not have a specific date however we begin looking at applications in September and the beginning of October. So it is best to have everything uploaded by then
Q: Do you participate in couples match?
Q: Do you need both level 2 scores uploaded to be considered for an interview?
A: Yes this is very important to have both scores uploaded to ERAS.