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Program Overview

Welcome to Upstate's Internal Medicine Residency
SUNY Upstate Internal Medicine Tour
Dr. Stephen Knohl discusses the Internal Medicine Program Overview in this short video

The Department of Medicine provides various benefits and educational resources for each resident. Residents receive the standard Upstate Medical University benefits for Graduate Medical Education trainees. Those include full health & dental plans, malpractice insurance, life insurance, and retirement options.

Take a look at the Residency and Fellowship Programs at Upstate here!


In addition, the Department of Medicine also offers the following: 


For 2023-2024

  • PGY 1— $56,263
  • PGY 2— $60,498
  • PGY 3 — $63,310
  • PGY 4 — $65,905

Vacation/Comp Time

4 weeks (20 working days) per year as an R1, R2, and R3.

Malpractice Insurance

Free of charge for all current and future claims through NYS Public Officers Law.

Health Insurance

Many options available, coverage begins 43rd day of employment.

Life Insurance

Two plans—total of $40,000 coverage at no cost.


The parking fee and your parking location will be determined prior to your start date and an assignment will be made during the week of orientation for those who require parking.


Meal money provided when on call, lunch provided for noon report, coffee provided in the morning

Department Benefits

  • Free copies
  • Resident lounge
  • Department library
  • $200 Annual Education Fund
  • Lab Coats: 2 coats provided at start of program, 1 additional coat provided each additional year of training
  • ACP membership for categoricals and MKSAP starting in PGY-2 year
  • $600 presentation fund annually for first author

Educational Programs Office

Relocation advice, referrals, INS/ECFMG Liaison, Dean's Office Liaison.

Application Information for Preliminary and Categorical positions

ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service applications.

Application deadline—12/1/2023

Interview Season—October through January

  • An updated CV and personal statement
  • Medical School transcript
  • Dean's letter
  • Letters from three additional members of the faculty, including a Letter from the Chair if available. If no Chair Letter is available, please subsitute an additional LOR from a Medicine Faculty member. If applying as a Preliminary candidate, a Chair LOR from your desired specialty will suffice.
  • ECFMG, USMLE, COMLEX Scores via USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Valid ECFMG certificate

Visa Requirements

J1, H1B, Permanent Resident, EAD only. 

USMLE Requirements

We require a "pass on 1st-attempt" for all required USMLE scores, including Step 2 CS. Step 3 is not a requirement to apply to our program, however if a Step 3 score is available, it must reflect a "pass on 1st-attempt" score. Preference is given to those whose files are complete prior to the application deadline.  We prefer a score of 220 or above on USMLE Step 1 and 2. 

COMLEX Requirements

We require a "pass on 1st-attempt" for all required COMLEX scores. Preference is given to those whose files are complete prior to the application deadline.  We prefer a score of 500 or above on COMLEX.


For more information about our program, check out our powerpoint presentation