How to Apply

The application deadline for this program is Nov. 1.

Thank you for your interest in the Neurosurgery Residency Program at Albany Medical College!

Our eligibility criteria incorporate a review of all materials submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We do not utilize any single application element in our consideration of these materials. All applications must be received through ERAS.

A personal interview is required. We generally receive over 150 applications and invite 25 to 30 to interview. We accept two residents per year. This is a seven-year categorical program. Our resident complement is 2-2-2-2-2-2.

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

  • Graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. are ineligible for residency training in New York State if:

  • More than 12 weeks of clerkship training (during the third and fourth 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.

The following are required to be considered for our Neurosurgery Residency Program:

  • All applications are through ERAS
  • If you are an international medical graduate (IMG), you must have a J-1 visa or permanent residency. We do not sponsor H-1 visas.
  • USMLE of 215 or better is preferred (first attempt)
  • 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 the candidate is a graduate from a medical school that has been approved by the New York State Education Department. (This is a New York State rule.)
  • Graduation from medical school within three years

All applications must be submitted through the ERAS Application Service.

To apply for this program through ERAS you will be required to submit the following materials:

  • CV
  • Dean's letter (not necessary at time of application)
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • Medical school transcript and diploma/certificate
  • Photo
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE Steps I and II


Contact Us

Feel free to reach out with questions:

Heather Whitman
Neurosurgery Residency Coordinator
[email protected]

Department of Neurosurgery
Albany Medical College
43 New Scotland Ave., MC-10
Albany, NY 12208
Fax: 518-264-8250