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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Applications to our program are accepted through ERAS. Applications are accepted beginning September 15th. 

What's the application deadline?

Our deadline is October 30th of every year. 

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

The selection committee starts reviewing applications in November and we begin sending some interview invitations in mid-November. In many cases, the committee cannot reach a decision until the MSPE/Dean's Letter is released. Applicants are notified via email. 

What visa type is offered for PGY-1 residents?

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

When are interviews scheduled and how many interviews are granted?

We offer 2 interview dates to chose from. We interview approximately 44 applicants (22 per date). 

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.

Will my application still be considered if I don't pass on one of my initial USMLE exam attempts?

Yes