How to Apply

We are committed to admitting applicants of the highest quality from diverse backgrounds.

Number of Fellows Accepted

Our program is competitive and selective. Each year we receive nearly 200 applications and conduct 20-25 interviews.

Our fellowship boasts a low fellow-to-faculty ratio. We have a total of 10 fellows in our program, and we accept only 3 to 4 new fellows per year.


To apply for our program, you must meet these qualifications:

  • possess a medical license as an MD or DO
  • be eligible for a New York state training certificate or permanent medical license
  • have successfully completed three years of U.S. postgraduate training by the time you enter our program
  • hold U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or a J-1 or H-1B visa
  • be a graduate of an ACGME accredited internal medicine training program or complete this training by the time you enter our program

Application Process

We accept applications for our fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) beginning in July each year.

Your application will be reviewed by our interview committee, which is chaired by our program director. Based on your eligibility, qualifications and references, our committee will decide whether to invite you for a personal interview.

Application Requirements

We require:

  • a letter from your residency program director
  • three professional reference letters
  • transcripts
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation
  • USMLE scores
  • recent photograph

Of your three professional references, one should, ideally, come from the division chief or fellowship director of pulmonary/critical care at your program. At least one of the two remaining should come from another pulmonary/critical care faculty member.

If you are a graduate from a foreign medical school, you must also be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. 

Application Deadline

Submit your application by August 31.


We conduct interviews in September and October. We usually interview at least seven candidates per position.

If we invite you for an interview, you will meet with the program director, who will guide you through an overview of our program. You will attend our pulmonary conference and interview with three of our faculty members. We will also give you a tour of our facilities and let you discuss the program with current fellows over lunch.


If you have questions, please direct them to:

Program Director

Mador, M. Jeffery

M. Jeffery Mador, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Veterans Hospital 3495 Bailey Avenue Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 862-8629


Training Program Administrator

Sandra Gilliam

Training Program Administrator

Office of Graduate Medical Education

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, 462 Grider St., Buffalo NY 14215

Phone: (716) 961-6955; Fax: (716) 961-6960