Minimally Invasive Surgery - Requirements & Eligibility

Successful candidates for the position of Clinical Fellow must have completed a Residency in General Surgery from an ACGME accredited program. Candidates must have also graduated from a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school or possess certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In addition, candidates must be eligible for medical licensure in the State of New York. Additional information regarding the requirements for New York State licensing can be obtained by contacting the Medical Board. Privileges as Attending Surgeon must be obtained at Albany Medical Center Hospital once a New York State medical license is obtained.

This program participates in the Minimally Invasive Surgery match process, governed by The Fellowship Council. Applications for fellowship may be obtained through The Fellowship Council web site

Candidates for our program must meet the following criteria:

  • USMLE scores 80 or above on both Steps I and II, first attempt
  • Minimum of six months of clinical training (such as an externship) in the United States or the United Kingdom along with three letters of recommendation from United States or United Kingdom physicians with whom you have worked in this setting.
  • We do NOT sponsor J1 visas in this program.

The application deadline for this program is September 1st. All applications to this program are to 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)

Helpful Resources:

  • New York State Education Department

    Office of the Professions

    State Education Building – 2nd Floor

    89 Washington Avenue

    Albany, NY 12234

    Phone:  (518) 474-3817

    Web site:

  • The Fellowship Council

    11300 West Olympic Blvd, Suite 600

    Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Phone:  (310) 437-0555

    Fax:      (310) 437-0585


    Web site:

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