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How to Apply

Candidates for residency are selected through the National Resident Matching Program.

We accept only electronically-submitted application packages through the ERAS, at your medical school dean's office. Three letters of reference are required in addition to the Dean's letter. These letters should come from full-time faculty members in plastic surgery; one must come from the Chairman of the Department or the Plastic Surgery Program Director. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016. Only completed application packages are reviewed.

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

Interview Information

Applicants invited to interview for the Plastic Surgery Residency Program also are invited to attend a dinner with residents currently in the program. These social events occur the evening prior to each interview date. Participation is optional. Applicants will be invited for interview in early November. Generally, applicants can choose their interview date among the two offered.

Applicants invited to interview can schedule their appointment by contacting Beth Jocolano, Plastic Surgery Residency Coordinator, at (585) 273-3656.

For questions or clarification, please contact Beth Jocolano Residency Program Coordinator, at (585) 273-3656 or via email at Beth Jocolano

Travel and Lodging

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) does not contract with any single hotel to offer discounted rates. We have found that applicants have specific hotel preferences and can often find better rates through online services. When booking your hotel, we recommend that you ask if shuttle service can be provided to and from URMC.

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