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Intern Selection Information

COVID-19 Alert

As all of the General Surgery residency programs are affected by the ongoing pandemic, we are currently exploring ways how to best give all of the interested medical school graduates a virtual "taste" of our program. We completely understand that this adds additional stress to the application process, but we will do whatever we can to make it possible for you to get as valid an assessment of our program as possible.

Currently we are exploring virtual townhalls that would allow students to learn about the program even before the official application process starts. We are creating a video for all applicants that we will host on our website to give you an impression of the facility and resident life in Syracuse.

The interview process obviously will also be different this year; you will definitely have to travel far less as basically all programs will do this remotely. We will adjust our interviews in a way that gives you the best opportunity to learn what we are all about even though we cannot meet in person.

Use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to apply for selection into our residency program.

Please READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW before contacting us with questions and/or applying for our residency program.

About our Residency Program

The Department of Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University offers a traditional, comprehensive, fully ACGME accredited general surgery residency program with a curriculum emphasizing supervised experience in both traditional, open surgical procedures and newer, laparoscopic, minimally invasive and robotic techniques.

Elective opportunities for basic and clinical research are also available as part of the residency program. University Hospital, a 409-bed, Level I Trauma Center, and Golisano Children’s Hospital serve 17 counties in the Upstate and Central New York area. Adjoining University Hospital, a 90,000 square foot, comprehensive Cancer Center opened its doors to patients in July 2014. Resident teams also rotate through the general surgery teaching services at adjacent Crouse Hospital, nearby Veterans Administration Hospital, and Upstate University Hospital at Community General.

SUNY Upstate Medical University is located in downtown Syracuse, the fourth largest city in New York State. Surrounded by breathtaking countryside, Syracuse offers a rich city life with varied and numerous cultural and recreational offerings.

Eligibility and Selection

Thank you for your interest in our general surgery residency program.  We offer six categorical and approximately five-seven undesignated preliminary positions.  We do not offer pre-match positions.

We will begin accepting applications in September 2020 through (ERAS) ONLY.  Please do not fax, email, or mail your CV, etc.  To be considered for an interview you must submit, through ERAS, your completed application along with Curriculum Vitae, medical school transcript, USLME Step I/COMLEX I official documentation, personal statement, Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s letter), and four letters of recommendation (preferably from U. S. surgeons with whom you have worked).  You must pass USLME Step 1 or COMLEX I on your first attempt with a minimum score of 225/575.  At the time you submit your application you do not need to have taken Step II or Step 2 CK.

We are seeking recent U.S. medical school graduates.  All applicants, if not currently enrolled in medical school, must have graduated within the last five years.  If you are a foreign medical graduate you will need U.S. clinical experience and must be ECFMG certified at the time of application, unless you are currently in medical school.  An observership/externship does not satisfy our requirement for clinical experience as it does not provide “hands on” patient care.  We are able to sponsor only a J-1 visa, with no exceptions.  We currently have a select number of foreign medical graduates in our program.

Drug Policy

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 year our interviews will have to take place using virtual meeting apps due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We still plan to conduct them during the months of November and December 2020 as well as January 2021. The deadline for submitting your application is December 1, 2020. You will also need to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) in March 2021.

We look forward to receiving your application and to meeting you (albeit remotely this year...) should you be offered the opportunity to interview with us in the fall.