Applicant Information General Information To apply, you must have completed URMC’s coordinated general surgery program or completed an American Board of Plastic Surgery-approved preliminary program. All candidates applying through our coordinated general surgery residency program are selected from medical school through the National Resident Matching Program, of which we are a part. At least six months prior to beginning your plastic surgery residency from our coordinated general surgery program, submit a list of your rotations during your general surgery training, and get an approval from the American Board of Plastic Surgery that this list meets their criteria for preliminary training. Our residency administrator can assist you with this process. When we have an open residency position from our coordinated program with general surgery, we usually enter the plastic surgery matching program to fill it. We welcome applications from any approved preliminary training programs, including neurosurgical, orthopedic, otolaryngology, or urologic residencies. For applicants coming from a general surgery program, a minimum of three years of residency with progressive responsibility in the same general surgery program is required. Preference will be given to those who will have completed their general surgery residency program and will be board eligible by the American Board of Surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery annually updates its Booklet of Information, which thoroughly outlines specific requirements for preliminary training. We recommend applicants familiarize themselves with these requirements. International Applicants Prior clinical experience in the United States is not required for international students to apply. It is the responsibility of the individual to secure the proper visa. The only acceptable status is an ECFMG sponsored J-1 visa. We also recognize "green cards." University of Rochester policy does not permit H-1 or H-1b visas. If you have any questions regarding visas, please contact the Graduate Medical Education Office at (585) 275-4607. For information regarding ECFMG certification, visit the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org.