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The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Office is pleased that you are considering a graduate medical education program at Upstate Medical University. The GME Office is accountable for the quality and administrative oversight of all ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs. The GME Office works in collaboration with Upstate’s program directors, program administrators, hospital administrators, department chairs and many other personnel to create a quality learning and working environment for more than 500 trainees in over 40 specialty programs. We strive to ensure the safety of patients at University Hospital and to enhance scholarly activities of residents/fellows and faculty throughout the institution.

Upstate Medical University participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), Inc. and the San Francisco Central Application System. Medical students applying through the NRMP must apply to our programs through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All appointments are made subject to the provisions of these organizations. Programs select resident applications on the basis of interviews and review of records. Recruitment is coordinated by each individual program and inquiries and details about the process should be directed to each program.  Please note that in-person interviews and Skype/FaceTime interviews are by invitation only.  For specific details on a program’s application requirements, please contact the appropriate department.

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.

All residents in ACGME-accredited programs are required to successfully pass USMLE Step III/COMLEX III prior to June 1st of the final year of residency training, as evidenced by obtaining a passing grade for that examination and presenting an official transcript of the score to the individual program director.  Note that some departments may have stricter policies on USMLE Step III/COMLEX III.

All Fellows entering GMEC approved programs must have successfully completed USMLE Step III/COMLEX III prior to starting the program, as evidenced by obtaining a passing grade for that examination and presenting an official transcript of the score as a part of the application process.

Each residency appointment is renewed annually based upon an assessment of the resident’s performance.  The resident is appointed as a SUNY Clinical Assistant Instructor, classified as a temporary employee and subject to the terms, rights and responsibilities of current negotiated agreements between the State of New York and the United University Professions.  All resident/fellow appointments are up to a one year duration beginning July 1, the beginning of the academic year.  Some programs have a required orientation that begins prior to July 1.

Thanks again for your interest in our residency and fellowship programs.


Please Note:

NYSED Approved Schools (12-week rule)

General rule

An applicant who is expected to graduate (or has graduated) from a non-LCME accredited international medical school must satisfy New York State’s 12 week rule in order to be eligible to participate in a medical residency/fellowship training program in New York State.

The rule, promulgated by the New York State Department of Health, provides that an individual who graduates from a non-LCME accredited international medical school may not train in New York State if his/her medical school education includes more than 12 weeks of clinical clerkship rotations outside of the country in which his/her medical school is located.

Please note that US citizens are exempt from this rule, regardless of where their medical school is located. 

Exception for approved schools

The New York State Department of Education has approved a list of schools that are exempt from this general rule. Applicants who attend one of the following schools are not subject to the 12 week rule:
  • American University of Antigua, Antigua 
  • American University of the Caribbean, Cupecoy, St. Martin
  • The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico 
  • English Language Program, University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center, Medical School, Debrecen, Hungary 
  • English Language Program, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland 
  • English Language Program, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland 
  • Fatima College of Medicine, Manila, Philippines 
  • International Health and Medicine Program, Ben Gurion University of the Negrev, Beer-Sheva, Israel 
  • Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India 
  • Medical University of the Americas/Nevis, Nevis, West Indies 
  • Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Ras AI Khaimah, UAE 
  • Ross University School of Medicine, Roseau, Dominica 
  • Saba University School of Medicine, The Bottom, Saba 
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine, St. George’s, Grenada 
  • St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology - Technion American Medical Students Program (TEAMS), Haifa, Israel 
  • The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 
  • Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Doha, Qa