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Applications to the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program will be accepted ONLY through the Association of American Medical College's Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Our program deliberately seeks a diverse group of residents whose backgrounds and beliefs provide the richness of varied experiences. At the same time, we expect residents in our program to respect the autonomy and value systems of patients and colleagues.

The Family Medicine Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Our residents fill clinical positions at Highland Family Medicine and at Brown Square Community Health Center. Inpatient rotations, as well as the didactic elements of the curriculum, are the same for both sites.

NRMP Match Numbers

Urban: Highland Family Health Center: 1511120C0
Inner City: Brown Square Community Health Center: 1511120C1


Checkboxes: Application Process

Our application goal is to attract and match candidates whose interests and strengths are compatible with the program's educational design. This process recognizes the needs of both the prospective resident and of our program. This process is facilitated by the Department's residency administration, which is composed of faculty, staff, and our chief residents. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the application process.

USMLE/COMLEX Requirements

Applicants from U.S. or Canadian medical schools must pass Step I of the USMLE exam or Level 1 of the COMLEX exam in order to be ranked at our ranking meeting in early February. We will interview applicants who have not yet passed the exam, but we must have received documentation directly from USMLE by the time of our ranking meeting in order for the applicant to be ranked for the Match.

Candidates from International Medical Schools

Applicants from International Medical Schools may apply for admission to our residency program with these submission requirements:

  • We sponsor only J-1 visas.
  • You must have passed both Steps I and II of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), including Part II CS and CK.
  • You must be certified or eligible to be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • After completing at least one (1) year of hands-on employment as a physician in a U.S. or Canadian healthcare facility, candidates must submit their applications through ERAS.  This means, for example, completing one year of an ACGME accredited residency program.
    • Note: Externships or observerships and clerkships or internships for which the candidate has paid for training do not meet the requirement for one year of experience. The only exception is for those medical schools offering United States clerkships that are completed as a student prior to graduation from medical school.
  • As a rule, we accept only those applicants who have graduated from medical school within the past five years.

Further Information Regarding ERAS

Electronic Residency Application  Service (ERAS) Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)United States Medical       Licensing Examination (USMLE)

Interview DayInterviews for the Family Medicine Residency Program are held for small groups of applicants on Mondays and Fridays. Applicants who are selected for an interview are notified by email.

The Interview Day

Our residents host an informal dinner party the evening before each interview day to welcome applicants. The interview day begins at Highland Family Medicine at 8:00 a.m. Applicants have a light breakfast and meet with the residency program director, followed by three interviews, lunch with residents, a walk through Highland Hospital, a visit to the Brown Square Health Center and a short tour of Rochester. The day ends with a relaxing chat at a local coffee house around 3:00 p.m.

For other details of all URMC residency programs please go to the University of Rochester Graduate Medical Education website. Specific information on contracts and stipends can be found here.


Candidates invited for an interview are our guests at one of Rochester's finest hotels. Transportation to Rochester is the responsibility of the applicant. Significant others and children are welcome, and we will do our best to accommodate any particular interests of theirs, including information about career opportunities, schools, housing and cultural facilities. If you have children, the Strong National Museum of Play is not to be missed!