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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

Applying to the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program.

All applicants must apply through ERAS. The program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our department does not require any additional information outside of the ERAS system. For more information on ERAS please go to

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Training Program is fully accredited by the ACGME and the RRC. The program requires the completion of a preliminary/transitional year in an ACGME approved program, prior to entering the program.


Is there a minimal requirement for number of years between medical school and application?

  • We do not have a formal policy regarding the maximum number of years between medical school and your application to the residency program; however the fewer number of years since your graduation from medical school will make your application more competitive.

Is there a minimum USMLE score required for consideration for an interview?

  • The minimum score for application consideration is 80 but all applications are reviewed in their entirety.

When are interviews held?

  • Interviews are held from November through January at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

How many positions will be filled during this application period?

  • There are six (6) positions that will be filled during this application period.

If an applicant has more than one year experience would they still be considered for this application period?

  • All applicants that meet the minimum criteria will be considered but all accepted candidates will begin at the PGY 2 level.

How does the program contact applicants for interviews?

  • All applicants granted an interview will receive an e-mail with a proposed date and time. All correspondence is through e-mail to confirm interviews.


United States Medical Students & Graduates:

The following information is required for your application to be complete and considered for an interview. All materials should be submitted through ERAS:

  1. A completed application sent from the ERAS postmaster.
  2. An official medical school transcript.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. USMLE results step 1 & 2 are required.
  5. Personal statement.


International Medical Students & Graduates:

The program will accept applications from International Medical Graduates. Application requirements include the following:

  1. A completed ERAS application.
  2. A minimum of three Letters of Recommendation. Additional letters will be accepted. It is recommended that you obtain a Chairman's letter.
  3. An official medical school transcript and Dean's letter.
  4. USMLE results step 1 & 2 are required.
  5. ECFMG Certification must be obtained by the time of ranking (end of January).
  6. Personal Statement.


For Further Information:

For further information, please contact the PM&R Residency Office at 718-270-8128 or


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