How To Apply

How do I apply for a fellowship in Rheumatology?

Applications are accepted via Electronic Residency Application Service External Icon only. We do not accept paper applications. For more information on how to apply via ERAS, please visit the ERAS website.

How do I find your program?

We will participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) External Icon.

Our program is listed as:

SUNY Upstate Medical University Rheumatology (NRMP # 156150FO)


SUNY Upstate Medical University Rheumatology Program External Icon

What's the application deadline?

We will begin reviewing applications in July, on an ongoing basis. We prefer that you send in your applications through ERAS by September 26, 2016 .

What qualification do I need to apply?

  • Official Medical School Transcripts
  • Official test transcripts for all applicable examinations (USMLE, LMCC, COMPLEX, NBOME, FMGEMS, FLEX or NBME)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Research experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • A valid ECFMG certificate(if you graduated from medical school outside of the United States)
  • A copy of your medical school diploma 
  • Completion of Internal Medicine Residency training prior to the start of the fellowship
  • Prior to the start of fellowship to be a Board Eligible status

What visa type is offered for fellows?

We will sponsor J1 Visa, Permanent Resident, and EAD. (H1B Visa's will not be sponsored as per institutional policy.)

Do you sponsor H-1 visa?

As per institutional policy, we DO NOT sponsor H1B Visas.

When are interviews scheduled?

September/October 2016

The Fellowship Selection Committee will extend interview invitations only after reviewing all completed applications. We will contact interviewing candidates (by email and/or by phone) as early as possible to permit suitable travel planning.

We interview about 12 candidates per available position.

Will I be notified if the committee decides not to offer me an interview?

Due to the number of applications we receive, only those who are chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Interviews will be coordinated directly by Elana Sukert, Fellowship Program Coordinator at Upstate Medical University. Applicants considered for an interview will be contacted for an interview with the Program Director and selected Rheumatology faculty.

If selected for an interview how do I get to SUNY Upstate Medical University and where should I stay?

Syracuse is easily accessible by a variety of transportation means. It is located at the crossroads of two major interstate highways, I-90 (east-west) and I-81 (north-south). Syracuse's Hancock International Airport is served by six major airlines with approximately 200 passenger flights arriving and departing daily.

Greyhound and Trailways provide inter-city, inter-state bus service passenger service while CENTRO services the city and suburban areas. Amtrak provides rail passenger service to and from the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center.

Note to Applicants: We are not able to make arrangements for accommodations for each of you, but we would like to suggest The Genesee Grande Hotel External Icon External Icon or their partner hotels of Parkview Hotel and Hotel Skylar. They offer a reduced room rate (108.48 with tax restrictions apply as rate is based off of availability) and complimentary shuttle service (check with them regarding hours of shuttle) to and from Hancock International Airport, Bus Station, Train Station. Also, they are all within walking distance to Upstate Medical University.

To make reservations please call (315) 476-4212. Please state that you are SUNY UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY INTERVIEWEE for the RHEUMATOLOGY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Also check out the recently opened Marriott Syracuse Downtown (Former Hotel Syracuse) to request a special rate of $100 per night (888) 236-2427

If you choose to stay in a hotel away from campus, cab fees range from $10 - $30 depending on where you choose to stay. Some hotels such as the Maplewood Inn provide free shuttles from their hotel to Upstate Campus, please make sure to ask.

Do you offer any Observership or Externship opportunities at your institution?

Institutional Drug Policy Update for Residents and Fellows Starting 2017 - 2018 

"All candidates entering residency or fellowship programs at Upstate on or after July 1, 2017 will be subject to 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 enetering 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."