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Applicants must apply via electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Applicants must have passed USMLE Steps I and II or COMLEX Levels 1 and 2. For USMLE scores those achieving three digit scores at or above 230 on Step I and a three digit score at or above 240 on Step II and passing on the first attempt for both USMLE and COMLEX are given the strongest consideration. International graduates must have some US clinical experience with related letters of reference. 

The following documents must be submitted through ERAS:

  • Medical and graduate school transcripts
  • Deans letter
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official USMLE transcript or COMLEX transcript
  • Curriculum vita
  • Personal statement
  • A valid ECFMG certificate if medical school completed outside of the U.S

Our program is a categorical program we offer 9 positions per year. Applications are reviewed beginning September 15. The application deadline is November 1. Interviews are scheduled from late October through early January. 


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.

For purposes of counting clinical rotation time that occurred outside of the country in which an applicant’s medical school is located, only rotations that are required for the applicant’s medical education degree should be considered. 

Exception for approved schools

The New York State Department of Education has approved a list of schools that are excluded 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

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.  The Department of Neurology prefers that this be done during the PGY-1 (intern year) before starting the PGY-2 year in Neurology.

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.