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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 November 1, 2020 through January 28, 2021. No applications will be accepted for review if submitted after January 14, 2021.

Application Process

Required for Applicants:

Please click on the survey below and submit. This is a required form for all applicants to the Emergency Medicine Residency program.

Interviewees Acknowledgement of Documents for Emergency Medicine 


Prospective residents are invited to interview based on a combination of information provided in their personal statement, MSPE letter, letters of recommendation, scholastic accomplishments and USMLE/COMLEX 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 with a preference of two.

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, an email will be sent to you with a link to our scheduling software. Our interviews are held on Thursdays and Saturdays. We are happy to help cover a portion of the cost of a single night of hotel accommodation at a prearranged hotel 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 Saturday, attending the pre-interview dinner is critical given reduced resident availability on weekends.

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

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

Note: Application's will not be reviewed past January 15th of the current application year.

Required Form for Applicants:

Interviewees Acknowledgement of Documents (This is required)

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 5th: Completion of declinations to be sent
  • January 5th: Closure for new information to be accepted for file review

We will offer interviews in a rolling fashion up to January 9, 2020.  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 Thursdays and Saturdays beginning in late October and continuing through mid-January. Emails, confirmation letters, and details regarding the selection and direction for interviewees will be done electronically.

Please note: if you decide to cancel your interview after initially accepting, we respectfully request that all cancelations 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 transportation to and from the hotel for the “welcome dinner” that is held the evening prior to your interview from our preselected 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.

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 our program. While this is not mandatory, please strongly consider attending this. The dress code for this event is casual. Transportation will be organized for you. 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 would like to return for a second look, please discuss this with our Program Coordinator, 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:
Applicants will have an opportunity to sit in on our resident didactic conference during a portion of their interview day.

8:00am - 8:30am: Program Director’s Welcome/Overview
8:30am - 12:30pm: Interviews
12:30pm - 2:00pm: Resident’s Presentation/Lunch/Tour of Strong Memorial Hospital
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 preselected/preferred hotel which is arranged by our Program Coordinator. Complimentary transportation to and from the hotel is available. 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, and cultural facilities.



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.  There is also an onsite parking garage for visitors.

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, Uber 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, Buffalo International Airport is located one hour west of Rochester. Consider pricing fares from this airport for comparison.

By Train

The Rochester Amtrak station is located at 320 Central Avenue.