Medical Education Office

Rochester Regional Health

Office of Medical Education

Resident and Fellow Eligibility and Selection

Last Updated: November 14, 2022


To be eligible for a residency or fellowship program at RRH, applicants must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Graduates of medical, dental, podiatric, or optometric schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Dental Accreditation, or the Council on Podiatric Medicine (CPME), or the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE)
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada must have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates by the start of the residency
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

NYS 12-week Rule

Medicine Applicants who have completed more than 12 weeks of clinical rotations in a country other than the one in which their medical school is located must graduate from a school that is approved by the New York State Department of Education. The 12 weeks outside of the student’s medical school country does not include additional rotations that are not required for graduation.


H1B and J-1 visas are accepted for medical residency and fellowship positions at RRH per individual program policy. Dental residents must complete their training on a TN visa or under the F1 practical training allowance (maximum one year).

Transfer Applicants

To determine the appropriate level of education for residents or fellows who are transferring from another program, the program director must receive written verification of previous educational experiences and a summary of previous performance evaluations of the transferring resident or fellow prior to their acceptance into the program. A program director is required to provide verification of residency or fellowship performance for residents or fellows who may leave the program prior to completion of the residency.

Employment Eligibility Verification

In compliance with Federal regulations, RRH must verify documentation of the identity and employment eligibility of all employees. All residents or fellows must be in a work-authorized status and are required to complete and sign the INS Form I-9 before commencing work.


Residents and fellows may train in residency and fellowship programs in New York State under the supervision of a licensed physician or dentist (as is appropriate) in an approved hospital setting without a license. Podiatric residents and fellows are required by New York State to obtain training permits prior to the start of patient care responsibilities. After completion of the appropriate training period, residents and fellows are eligible to obtain a New York State License and may be required to do so at the discretion of the program director. An unrestricted license is valid for a two-year period and is required of residents and fellows whom may wish to moonlight. Applications for licensure are available at

Onboarding Requirements

Resident’s appointment and employment as a resident in the Residency Program is contingent upon confirmation of educational credentials and ECFMG Certification (if applicable), as well as successful completion and passing of a Drug and Alcohol Screen and Criminal Background Check.


Candidates must meet all eligibility criteria to be considered for selection to an RRH residency or fellowship program.

All applicants are required to complete an application form through ERAS, PASS, or CASPR.

All first-year residency positions (PGY-1) must be offered through NRMP, PASS, or CASPR, or outside of the match in accordance with match policy. When programs do not fill through the match, applicants may subsequently be appointed to unfilled positions through the appropriate post-match process for their specialty.

A personal interview is granted to applicants selected through the screening process as defined by each department. 

Residents and fellows will be selected from among the pool of eligible applicants without discrimination. Specifically, residency and fellowship programs at RRH will not discriminate with regard to race, sex, gender identification, sexual preference, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.