How to Apply

National Residency Match Program (NRMP) Positions

The Anesthesiology Department will recruit approximately 5 advanced positions per year and 6 categorical surgical spots.

Residency Candidates

Currently, for advanced positions, we require completion of a PGY-1 year of residency at an accredited United States institution prior to beginning a PGY-2 year at Upstate Medical University.

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
  • Transitional Year

The preliminary year is the only US clinical experience we require for foreign medical graduates. There is a 5-year cut-off date from medical school to present. Applications will be considered for U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, and individuals eligible for J1 status.

We would welcome your application for a categorical or advanced position beginning in July at our institution. We will be considering applications only through ERAS External Icon and we will be continuously reviewing applications through December 31. A successful candidate has USMLE scores in the 80s (pass on first attempt) with excellent reference letters. The following is a list of materials necessary for a complete application through ERAS:

  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Transcript or COMLEX (scores in the 80's)
  • ECFMG Status Report
  • Dean's Letter
  • Personal Statement
  • Reference Letters (3)
  • CV
  • Universal Application
  • Photo (optional)

The ERAS applications are reviewed upon receipt. If a candidate meets the above requirements, they are contacted via email about an interview. The anesthesiology department strives to promote a professional environment that encourages varied perspectives from residents with diverse life experiences with diversity being one of our core values. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse residency community.

The Interview Day

We will interview a total of 150 candidates. Most of the interview days take place on Tuesdays or Thursdays, October through January.

You will be given a tour of the hospital , the OR's and an informational presentation about our program. Each candidate has five 15-minute interviews with an anesthesia attending. Lunch is provided and there are residents available throughout the interview day for you to ask any questions.

In February, the selection committee determines the final ranking and submits the list to NRMP.

We accept both U.S. and foreign graduates.

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 fellowshp programs at Upstate, drug screening and final results must be available prior to the first day of their program as a prerequisite to employment.


There are hotels within walking distance to the hospital and they also provide shuttle service to and from the hospital. Some of the hotels offer a discounted rate to medical students.