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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Requirements & Eligibility


Thank you for your interest in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation training program at Albany Medical Center. 

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to Albany Medical Center's residency/fellowship 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.

Our eligibility criteria  incorporates a review of all materials submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service, including medical school transcript, letters of recommendation, personal statement, USMLE/COMLEX scores.  In considering candidates for residency, we do review each and every application that we receive. We do not utilize any single application element in our consideration of these materials.  Personal interview is required.  We are primarily looking for evidence that candidates have the ability and motivation to develop into skilled, caring and competent physiatrists.

We will be accepting applications in September for the upcoming recruitment season.  We are a four year categorical program.  We receive about 300 applications each year and invite approximately 35 applicants to interview.  As invitations to interview are extended on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early.   We have two positions available each year. The following are the criteria to be considered for our training program in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:

1) All applications are through ERAS.

2) If you are an IMG, must have a J1 visa or permanent residency. We do not sponsor H1 visas.

3) USMLE of 220 or better are preferred (1st attempt).   COMLEX is also accepted.

4) Prior clinical experience is preferred.

5)  IMPORTANT: We cannot accept for residency any IMG with more than 12 weeks of clinical clerkship outside of the country of their medical school unless person is a graduate from one of the following medical schools which have been approved by the NYS Education Department.   (This is a NYS rule.)

*American University of Antigua, Antigua
*American University of the Caribbean, St. Martin, Netherland Antilles
*The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
*English Language Program, University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center, Medical School, Debrecen, Hungary
*English Language Program, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
*English Language Program, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
*Fatima College of Medicine, Manila, Philippines
*International Health and Medicine Program, Ben Gurion University of the Negrev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
*Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
*Medical University of the Americas/Nevis, Nevis, West Indies
*Ross University School of Medicine, Roseau, Dominica
*Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Netherland Antilles
*St. George's University School of Medicine, St. George's, Grenada
*St. Matthew's University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (if graduated after 2003)

6) Graduation from medical school within the last 4 years.

7) We interview during November, December and January. You will be contacted only if we will be inviting you to interview.

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 
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE Steps I and II or COMLEX
  • 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 15.
For additional information, please contact our program.