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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. ScissorsWhat is your application deadline?
    The deadline for applications is October 1, 2023. Only completed application packages are reviewed. Interviewing is by invitation only and ends January 2024.
  1. What are your criteria for submitting an application?
    We are registered with the National Rank Match Program (NRMP).  All applicants must be registered in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and the NRMP to apply to our program.  For more information, please visit: and
  • All ERAS materials
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE; Dean’s Letter)
  • USMLE Part One 1 (required) (Step 2 CK recommended)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental Application (recommended)
  1. How many categorical and preliminary spots do you offer?
    The General Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center matches seven categorical residents each year.  We offer two preliminary positions.
  1. What is your accreditation status?
    Our program has continued full accreditation status.
  2. What is the relevant board eligibility upon successful completion of your program?
    Applicants must first meet the ACGME medical education school eligibility requirements. Once accepted to the program, trainees with satisfactory performance, and upon successful completion of the program are eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery.
  3. What are your minimum USMLE scores?
    We do not have minimum USMLE score requirements.  However, passage on the first attempt is required.
  4.  Do you require prior U.S. clinical experience?
    ​We do not require prior U.S. clinical experience.  However, we do not review applications of candidates who have been out of medical school more than 5 years.
  5. What are your interview dates?
  • Thursday, November 16, 2023
  • Thursday, December 14, 2023
  • Thursday, January 11, 2024
  1. What is a typical interview day like?
    The interview days are carefully planned to ensure that you learn as much as possible about our program.  We also want to have sufficient time to get to know you.  We start at 7:00 am EST with Grand Rounds and the day typically runs until 4:30pm. We offer either an AM or PM session. 
  • Grand rounds
  • Interview with David C. Linehan, M.D., Department Chair & with Yanjie Qi, M.D., Program Director
  • Interview with two faculty members and one chief resident
  • A video tour of the hospital led by current residents is available here.
  1. Do you accept applications from international medical graduates?
    All applications are considered on an individual basis but must comply with the New York State 12 Week Rule for Eligibility.  The following international medical schools have gone through a pre-approval process and their students may perform any amount of training outside their country (i.e. these schools are the exception to the 12-week rule)
  2. What visa do you sponsor?
    The University of Rochester sponsors only the J1 visa, see the eligibility requirements