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Notice to All EM Residency Applicants:

The University of Rochester Emergency Medicine Residency Program will have rolling interview invitations between the dates of September 15th, 2016 through January 2nd, 2017. No applications will be accepted for review if submitted after January 1st, 2017.

Application Process

Prospective residents are invited to interview based on a combination of information provided in their personal statement, Dean's letter, letters of recommendation, scholastic accomplishments and USMLE scores. It is the policy of this program to select the most qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, creed, color, national origin, handicap, age, or sexual orientation. All applicants must participate in the NRMP.

Applications to the University of Rochester Emergency Medicine Residency Program by allopathic and osteopathic medical candidates will be accepted ONLY through the Association of American Medical College 's (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

In addition to the Dean's letter, we require (at minimum):

  • One emergency medicine (CORD/SLOE) letter of recommendation (Preference of 2 SLOE's)
  • Two letters from the faculty members of your choice

Please remember to contact the USMLE and authorize the release of your scores to the program.

Candidates selected for interviews will have an opportunity to interact with full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and residents.

Upon selection for an interview, we will request that you give us 2 dates (at minimum) from our available dates that are convenient for you. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule; however please anticipate at least 2 weeks for a response to an interview request, based on the number of responses we are managing. We interview on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with occasional Saturday availability. We are happy to help cover a portion of the cost of a single night of hotel accommodation for our invited interviewees.

In order to appreciate the full spectrum of the University of Rochester, we ask that you arrive one day early to attend the resident-hosted University of Rochester Welcome Dinner. This event allows you the most access to residents. If you interview on a Tuesday, attending the pre-interview dinner is critical given reduced resident availability on Tuesdays.

We encourage second looks and shadowing opportunities, these can be arranged through our Program Coordinator, Jessica Moriarty.

We will be using electronic mail to communicate with applicants. This will include all invitations for interviews. We ask that you check your electronic mail frequently. All questions should be directed to or by calling (585) 463-2940.

Note: Application's will not be reviewed past December 1st of the current application year.

Review a copy of our contract

Interview Information

Please review the following deadlines for application submission. Please note that we follow the NRMP rules and regulations. We will only accept applications through ERAS.

  • October 1st: Application review begins
  • December 1st: Deadline for new ERAS submitted applications
  • January 6th: Completion of declinations to be sent
  • January 9th: Closure for new information to be accepted for file review

We will offer interviews in a rolling fashion up to January 2nd, 2017. If you have not heard from our program by mid December, please contact us to confirm ERAS submission. Despite our desire to interview everyone that applies to our program, we have a limited number of spots available.

Interviews for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays beginning in November and continuing through mid-January. Emails, confirmation letters, and details regarding the selection and direction for interviewees will be done through ERAS. Although we try our best, it is not possible to accommodate every applicant’s first request for his or her interview date.

Please note: if you decide to cancel your interview after initially accepting, we respectfully request that all cancellations are done in writing at a minimum of 1 week prior to your interview date. This allows your fellow applicants the opportunity to interview with us. If there are travel delays due to weather, we will do our best to accommodate a reschedule, and if not possible we will consider a digital interview.

The Interview Day

Please note that our interview location is “off site” from the medical campus. We will arrange all transport to and from the hotel during your interview day and to the “welcome dinner” the evening prior to your interview from our deferred cost hotel.

We are happy to help cover a portion of the cost of a single night of hotel accommodation for our invited interviewees. The estimated cost of hotel will be twenty-five dollars.

Our residents host a "Welcome Dinner" the evening before each interview day to welcome our applicants. We consider this a great opportunity to have an unfiltered view from the perspective of our residents about program. While this is not mandatory, please strongly consider attending this. The dress code for this event is casual. Transportation will be organized from the hotel. If you are driving on your own, please contact for the address and directions.

If you are interested in shadowing in the ED during the time of your visits or return for a second look, please discuss this with our Program Coordinator, Jessica Moriarty as we are happy to coordinate this.


Please see below for a sample itinerary of your interview day. (Please note that this is only an approximation and final details are currently being finalized)

Evening Before Interview Day:
7:00 - 9:00 PM: Welcome dinner with the residents (transportation provided)

Day of interview:
Applicant interview day will be divided into two sessions (morning and afternoon).

Morning Session

8:00am - 10:30am: Interviews
10:30am - 11:00am: Program Director’s Welcome/Overview
11:00am - 12:15pm: Resident’s Presentation/Lunch
12:15pm Tour of Strong Memorial Hospital
1:30pm Conclusion of your day

Afternoon Session:
10:30am - 11:00am: Program Director’s Welcome/Overview
11:00am - 12:15pm: Resident’s Presentation/Lunch
12:15pm Tour of Strong Memorial Hospital
1:30pm - 4:00pm Interviews
Conclusion of your day

Hard copies of our contract and benefit information will be given to the applicant on the interview day.

Travel & Lodging

Candidates are strongly encouraged to stay at the preferred hotel which is prearranged by Jessica Moriarty, our Program Coordinator. Complimentary transportation to and from the hotel is available and other benefits include a complimentary hot breakfast and workout facilities. If you choose to drive, free parking is provided. Transportation to Rochester is the responsibility of the applicant. Significant others are welcome, and we will do our best to accommodate any particular interests, including information about career opportunities, schools, cultural facilities, and so forth.


College Town: Driving Directions
University of Rochester Medical Center: Driving Directions


Most hotels in the area provide shuttle service to the University of Rochester Medical Center and to our administrative offices located at College Town, 44 Celebration Drive.

Hotel Accommodations

In order to make your accommodations as pleasant as possible, our department will help defer the cost of the evening prior to your interview . We will make all arrangements, pending interview acceptance.


The University of Rochester Medical Center is a short distance from the Greater Rochester International Airport (airport code ROC), which offers service from most major airlines. Commercial taxi service and car rental are available from the airport. Cab fare will cost approximately $10 (depending on number of people and luggage). Please note when deciding on travel arrangements there is another international airport in Buffalo located 45 minutes west of Rochester. Consider pricing fares from this airport for comparison.

By Train

The Rochester Amtrak station is located at 320 Central Avenue.