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General Surgery

Requirements & Eligibility


Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to Albany Medical Center's residency programs:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications: Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates AND are graduates of schools approved by the New York State Department of Education * or have a full and unrestricted New York State license to practice medicine.** Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
  • Candidates may be considered who are currently enrolled in foreign medical schools if they are eligible for the Restricted Interim Certificate from ECFMG, issued to students who have passed the Basic Science, Clinical Science and English examinations and are awaiting the issuance of their medical school diplomas.* Graduates from schools outside of the US are ineligible for residency training in New York State IF: more than 12 weeks of clerkship training (during the 3rd and 4th years of medical school) occurred outside of the country in which the medical school is located UNLESS the New York State Education Department has approved that school ' s curriculum, as configured. A list of those schools currently approved is available in the GME Department.

Each year we have 5 categorical and 4 non-designated preliminary spots in our Program. In order to be considered, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Medical student applicants to our training program must use ERAS to submit information to be considered for placement.
  • Applicants must have graduated from an approved medical school within three years of the date of application.
  • International Medical Graduates must be currently enrolled in an ACGME accredited residency program in Surgery to be eligible for consideration.
  • All applicants must have passed both Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE. (It is required that PGY1 level residents register for Step 3 before being promoted to the PGY2 level of training). 
  • Our cut-off score in general is 190, however we review the entire application and the selection is not based exclusively on scores.
  • Applications must be complete by November 1st of the application year. We have 4 interview dates held late November through mid January.

The application deadline for this program is November 1st.

All applications to this program must be submitted through ERAS.  To apply for this program through ERAS, you will be required to submit the following materials:

  • Photograph (preferred but not required)
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE Steps I and II
  • Medical School Transcript and Diploma/Certificate
  • Dean's Letter
  • 3 Current Letters of Recommendation
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

The application deadline for this program is November 1st.
For additional information, please contact our program.