Residency Application Process

Applications to the Upstate Emergency Medicine Residency Program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)External Icon.


  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (CORD SLOR format or non are both acceptable)
  • Dean's letter
  • Board scores
  • Medical school transcripts


  • The application deadline is October 10th—applications are only accepted through ERAS.


What requirements are needed for graduates from foreign medical schools to be considered an applicant?

Current ECFMG certificate, US citizenship, US permanent resident (Green Card), J-1 visas

By time of application, do you need to have ECFMG certificate in hand?


Does it matter what year one graduated from medical school?


Is there anything specifically that you may be looking for from a transitional year applicant that may be more emphasized than that of a 4th year medical school applicant?


Is US clinical experience required?


Is there a minimum Board Score Requirement?

Upstate Medical University Syracuse, EM Program DOES NOT have a minimum Board score requirement. However, if all other factors are equal, board scores may influence the decision to call someone for interview.

USMLE Step 1 minimum scores - is there an attempt limit?


USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge minimum scores?

None (Student is required to have passed Step 2 Clinical Knowledge before starting EM residency program.)

Is there an attempt limit?


By time of application is it required to have USMLE (or COMLEX) Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Skills on hand?


Seeing that if either or both of these exams are required for an application, would my score be viewed differently if I take that exam as either a 4th year going into intern year or during my intern year as opposed to when an applicant typically takes these respective exams (after 2nd year and during 3rd year)?

No difference

Do you accept COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE scores?


How many letters of reference?

ERAS will upload 4 letters of recommendation. At least two of these from EM faculty where one has done an AI/elective/Subintern rotation. If this is not possible, an explanation is required as to why someone has not done an AI in EM. Applications from such candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

Does your institution offer an ED Observership?

Unfortunately, the institute no longer offers an ED observership.

Do you offer couples match?


How many total residents in your program?


How many open positions will you have available starting in the new academic year?

11 EM-1 positions starting July 1st

Application deadline is October 10th, applications are accepted only through ERAS.

The residency program director reviews all applications received. The final decision for interview will be based on information provided.