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Frequently Asked Questions


What program do I apply to in ERAS ?

Our program is listed in ERAS as:

  • University of Rochester/Internal Medicine; within our program you may choose one or more of four tracks:
  • UR Preliminary at Strong Memorial Hospital
  • UR Categorical at Strong Memorial Hospital
  • UR Primary Care at Strong Memorial Hospital
  • UR Research Pathway at Strong Memorial Hospital

What's the application deadline?

November 1st. Late applications make scheduling interviews difficult, and most applicants will have submitted their applications by early October.

When will I hear if I am going to be offered an interview?

The selection committee starts reviewing applications in September and we begin sending some interview invitations at the beginning of October. We continue to offer interviews on a rolling basis until the application deadline, November 1st.

I’m a DO applicant—can I use COMLEX scores in place of USMLE scores?

We find it extremely helpful to compare the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores across all of our applicants, so successful DO applicants have typically completed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK early enough for these to be assessed in their applications. There is not a need for DO applicants to also complete USMLE CS.

What visa type is offered for PGY-1 residents?

The University of Rochester supports only the J-1 visa for Graduate Medical Education.

What USMLE scores do I need to be considered?

A passing score on USMLE Step 1 is required before an interview will be granted. There is no specific cutoff passing score; applicants are considered on an individual basis.

How long can I wait to apply after graduating from medical school?

No more than 2 years, but successful applicants have nearly all gone into residency within a year of medical school graduation.

What if I can't interview on one of the scheduled dates?

Speak with the program administrator. In exceptional cases, including personal hardship, alternate visits can be arranged.