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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Office of Graduate Medical Education

NYSED Approved Schools (12-week rule)

General Rule

An applicant who is expected to graduate (or has graduated) from a non-LCME accredited international medical school must satisfy New York State’s 12 week rule in order to be eligible to participate in a medical residency/fellowship training program in New York State.

The rule, promulgated by the New York State Department of Health, provides that an individual who graduates from a non-LCME accredited international medical school may not train in New York State if his/her medical school education includes more than 12 weeks of clinical clerkship rotations outside of the country in which his/her medical school is located.

For purposes of counting clinical rotation time that occurred outside of the country in which an applicant’s medical school is located, only rotations that are required for the applicant’s medical education degree should be considered.