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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program?
Applicants must apply to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at the University of Rochester through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We do not accept paper applications. The University of Rochester Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Please ensure that you have registered with the National Resident Matching Program. For more information, applicants should contact the Help Desk at (866) 653-6767.
What documents are required as part of my application?
  • ERAS application form
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • USMLE scores for Step 1
  • Three letters of recommendation. These letters should come from the chair of the department and/or clerkship director, an obstetrics and gynecology full time faculty member, and a faculty member of your choice.
  • MSPE letter – This will automatically upload into the ERAS database.
  • Recent photograph (optional)
  • Curriculum vitae

Please see the ERAS application process guidelines for more information.

What is the deadline for applications?
October 1
What qualifications are required for applying to your program?
Applicants to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program must be students/graduates of a LCME approved medical school or foreign medical graduates who have been certified through the ECFMG at the time of application. Only J-1 Visas are accepted by the University of Rochester.
When will I hear if I am going to be offered an interview?
The selection committee starts reviewing applications in September, and we begin extending invitations in the beginning of October. 
How does your program notify applicants about interviews?
The recruitment coordinator will send an email via ERAS to invite an applicant for an interview.
When are interviews scheduled?
Interviews are scheduled on select Mondays and Fridays starting in October and continuing through December.  Interviews require a full day.
Do you accept Foreign Medical Graduates?
Yes, we accept international graduates who satisfy our application requirements.
What type of visa do you accept?
The University of Rochester training programs sponsor J-1 visas through the ECFMG. You must hold a current and valid ECFMG certificate in order for your application to be considered.
What are your USMLE score requirements?
A passing score on the USMLE Step 1 is required before an interview will be granted. At our discretion, applicants who have previously not passed the USMLE Step 1 may be offered an interview. There is not a specific cutoff score; applicants are considered on an individual basis. 
Do you have a graduation cutoff date?
In general, only those who have graduated within the past 5 years are considered for interviews.
Do you require clinical experience in the United States?
No, if you do have US clinical experience, please include this in your application information.
Does your program offer a pre-match?
No, we do not offer pre-match positions.
Are there any special requirements for Doctor of Osteopathy applicants?
Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) applicants must take USMLE Step 1 to be considered for an interview. The COMLEX alone is not sufficient.