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How to Apply & Interview Information

Please Note: In line with national recommendations and for the safety of all, our interviews this year will all be conducted virtually.

Application Process

Prospective residents are invited to interview based on a combination of information provided in their ERAS application with include the following items: medical school transcript, personal statement, MSPE letter, 3 letters of recommendation, scholastic accomplishments and USMLE/COMLEX scores. Applicants must pass Step 1 of the USMLE exam at the time of applying and pass Step 2 USMLE exam by our ranking meeting in early February.  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.

International Medical Students may apply for admission to our residency program if you meet all of these requirements.  We sponsor only J-1 visas at this time, applicants must pass Step 1 of the USMLE exam at the time of applying and pass Step 2 by our ranking meeting in early February, be certified by the ECGMG, and have graduated from a medical school within the last 5 years.

Applications to the University of Rochester Obstetrics and Gynecology by allopathic and osteopathic medical candidates will be accepted ONLY through the Association of American Medical Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

We ask that you provide three letters of recommendation. These letters should come from the OB-GYN chair and/or clerkship director, and OB-GYN full time faculty member, and a faculty member of your choice. 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 is sent to you with an invitation to interview from Thalamus our scheduling software. Our interviews are held on Mondays and Fridays.

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.

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) 275-3733.

Note: Application's will not be reviewed past October 21, 2020 of the current application year.

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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.

We follow the APGO CREOG Right Resident, Right Program, Ready Day One guidelines. We will limit the number of interview offers to the number of interview spots available, and allow a minimum of 48 hours for applicants to accept interview offers.

  • November 1: Deadline for new ERAS submitted applications
  • November 10th and November 17th: Interview offer release dates
  • November 17th: Interviews to begin
  • December 23rd: Final applicant status notification (Interview, Wait-list, Rejection)

In addition, we limit the number of interview offers to the number of interview spots available for each day and allow applicants a minimum of 48 hours to respond to an interview offer.
Interviews for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program are held on Monday and Fridays beginning in November 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 be 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.

We will interview candidates on:

  • Friday, November 20
  • Monday, November 30
  • Friday, December 4
  • Monday, December 7
  • Monday, December 14
  • Friday, December 18
  • Monday, January 11

The Interview Day

The interview day begins at the University of Rochester Medical Center at 8 a.m. Applicants have a light breakfast and introduction to the program by the program director and faculty from each division, followed by three interviews, lunch with residents, and a walk through the hospital. Unique to our program with meet with our OB/GYN educator, Ky Lynch, MD and communication coach, Keisha Bell, PhD. The day ends with an informal chat with the department chairman, Dr. Eva Pressman.

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. When your interview is scheduled you will receive an email with all the details about the dinner and interview day.


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

Evening Before Interview Day

7:00 - 9:00 p.m: Welcome dinner with the residents

Day of interview

Applicants will have an opportunity to sit in on our resident didactic conference during a portion of their interview day.

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Program Director’s Welcome
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Overview of Education Curriculum
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Interviews
Lunch with Residents and Faculty
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.: Final words with Dr. Pressman/Tour of Strong Memorial Hospital/Meet our Education Specialist and Communication Coach
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.  There is also an onsite parking garage for visitors and you will be provided with a parking validation ticket for your interview day.

Hotel Accommodations

The Radisson Hotel - Rochester Airport is offering OB/GYN applicants special lodging rates and will provide shuttle service for OB/GYN applicants to and from the Rochester International Airport, the resident get-together and to and from the University of Rochester Medical Center. You will also receive an email with a link to book for the special lodging rate.

Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport
175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY  14623


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.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements