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National Residency Match Program (NRMP) Positions


We seek to fill 11 categorical spots each year in the Match. Candidates who match to our categorical positions will complete their preliminary year and all three clinical-anesthesia years in the anesthesiology department at Upstate.


Periodically, we will have an opening for an advanced match position. These positions are open to applicants who have already completed a preliminary year in an accredited program, and will begin as a CA-1 resident in our program.


The preliminary year can be satisfied by any of the following disciplines:

  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery or Surgery Subspecialties
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • OB/Gyn
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Family Practice

We consider applications only through ERAS and we will be continuously reviewing applications through the end of our interview season.

Qualifications of a Competitive Candidate

Our ideal candidate represents our institutional values and has a sincere interest in Anesthesiology. Moreover, they meet the following criteria:

  • Exam Scores
    • USMLE - 220+
    • COMLEX - 500+
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personality
    • Team Player
    • Punctual
    • Professional
    • Motivated
    • Pleasant
    • Leadership Skills

On top of these qualities, we require a complete application in ERAS, which includes:

  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Transcript or COMLEX 
  • ECFMG Status Report
  • Dean's Letter
  • Personal Statement
  • Reference Letters (3)
  • CV
  • ERAS Application Summary
  • Photo (optional)

A preliminary year is required for foreign medical graduates. Applications will be considered for U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, and individuals eligible for J1 status.

Our department strives to promote a professional environment that encourages varied perspectives from residents with diverse life experiences, as diversity is one of our core values. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse residency community.


The Interview Day

We interview a total of 150 candidates during each interview season, from October through January. The evening before each interview date, we offer a resident/candidate dinner to help candidates feel more comfortable and get to know some of our current residents.

On the day of the interview, you'll start the day with breakfast and an informational presentation about our program from the Program Director. Following this morning portion, candidates get split into two groups: one moves on to interviews with faculty members and one of our two Chief Residents, while the other takes a tour of the hospital and the ORs. The two groups switch activities once everyone in the first group has been interviewed by each interviewer.

The interview day concludes with lunch and a final opportunity for any questions to be answered.


Syracuse offers many hotels a short distance from the hospital and a few within walking distance. Some hotels offer shuttle service to and from the hospital. Please check the listings below:


NOTE:  Beginning July 1, 2017, all candidates entering residency or fellowship programs at Upstate on or after July 1, 2017 will be subject to a pre-employment (post-offer) drug test.  This includes any prior Upstate resident/fellow who has had a break in service and is returning to employment.  For candidates entering residency or fellowship programs at Upstate, drug screening and final results must be available prior to the first day of their program as a prerequisite to employment.