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General Information

Applications will only be accepted through the Association of American Medical College's (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Minimum qualifications include a medical degree, such as an M.D. or a D.O., successful completion of United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1, and J-1 visa or permanent resident status (if not a U.S. citizen).

Candidates will be considered after one year of postgraduate training or after completing training in medicine, pediatrics, or family practice. Internships (PGY-1) approved by the American Board of Dermatology include transitional, internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, and pediatrics. For residents interested in academic dermatology, special training in dermatology research (clinical and basic science) is available and supported by an NIH training grant. Such a program meets the requirements of the American Board of Dermatology. The program can be tailored for the special needs of candidates with both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Applicants interested in such a special program should inquire during the interview process.

Our application due date is November 1. We require three letters of recommendation. If possible, one should be from the chair of a dermatology department.

International Applicants

It is the responsibility of the individual to secure the proper visa. The only acceptable status is an ECFMG sponsored J-1 visa. We also recognize "green cards." The University of Rochester policy does not permit H-1 or H-1b visas.

If you have any questions regarding visas, please contact the Graduate Medical Education Office at (585) 275-4607. For information regarding ECFMG certification, visit the ECFMG website at

Interview Information

Each winter approximately 30 applicants are invited to interview for three to four residency positions. Two interview dates are offered. Selection is based on academic credentials, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Each candidate will meet with Dr. Mercurio and other faculty members, have lunch with dermatology residents and faculty, and tour our clinical and research facilities. A casual dinner with the residents takes place the night before the interviews, allowing applicants and residents to get to know one another informally.

Travel & Lodging

Hotel Accommodations

Applicants are instructed on hotel accommodations in their interview invitation for logistical purposes. However, our applicants are not required to stay at the selected hotel if they prefer to stay elsewhere. Alternate hotel information will be provided upon request.

Driving and Parking Directions to URMC

  • From the West:
    NYS Thruway (I-90) to Exit 47; I-490 East to I-390 South to Exit 15A (E. River Rd); right on East River Road and right on Kendrick Road; bear left onto Lattimore Road and drive one block to Crittenden Boulevard; take a right on Crittenden. To get to the hospital parking garage, take a left on East Drive and follow the signs to the visitor parking garage
  • From the South:
    I-390 North to Exit 15 (W. Henrietta Rd.); right on W. Henrietta Rd. (Rte. 15); two miles to a left on Elmwood Avenue. The main entrance to the hospital and visitor parking garage will be on your left.
  • From the East:
    NYS Thruway (I-90) to Exit 46; I-390 North to Exit 15 (W. Henrietta Rd.); right on W. Henrietta Rd. (Rte. 15); two miles to a left on Elmwood Avenue. The main entrance to the hospital and the visitor parking garage will be on your left.
  • From the Rochester International Airport:
    Turn right when exiting the airport; follow I-390 South to Exit 17 (Scottsville Road); left on Scottsville to Elmwood Avenue; turn right onto Elmwood; drive over the bridge and continue on Elmwood. The main entrance to the hospital and parking garage will be on your right. The University of Rochester Medical Center is a short, 15-minute drive from the Greater Rochester International Airport, which offers service from most major carriers.