Residency Leadership
William Paolo, MD

William Paolo, MD
Assistant Professor &
Residency Director

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Residency Application Process

Applications to the Upstate Emergency Medicine Residency Program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) External Icon.


  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (CORD SLOR format or non are both acceptable)
  • Dean's letter
  • Board scores
  • Medical school transcripts


  • The application deadline is November 15th—applications are only accepted through ERAS.


Does it matter what year one graduated from medical school?


Is there a minimum Board Score Requirement?

The Upstate Emergency Medicine program DOES NOT have a minimum Board score requirement. However. If all other factors are equal, board scores may influence the decision to call someone for an interview.

Do you accept COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE scores?


USMLE Step 1 - are there minimum score requirements or attempt limits?


USMLE Step 2 - are there minimum score requirements or attempt limits?


How many letters of reference- and who should write them?

ERAS will upload 4 letters of recommendation. At least two of these should be from EM faculty where one has done an AI/elective/Subintern rotation. If this is not possible, an explanation is required as to why someone has not done an AI in EM. Applications from such candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

Does Upstate Medical University offer an ED Observership?

Unfortunately, the institute no longer offers an ED observership.

How many open positions will you have available starting in the new academic year?

11 EM-1 positions starting July 1st

What requirements are needed for graduates from foreign medical schools to be considered as an applicant?

Current ECFMG certificate, US citizenship, US permanent resident (Green Card), J-1 visas.

Clinical experience in the United States is required.

The residency program director reviews all applications received. The final decision for interview will be based on information provided.