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Adult Neurology Residency Program Application Process

UC San Diego selects its residents through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and National Resident Matching Program

NRMP Program Code:1049180C2

Application Requirements

In order to complete your application, we require:

  • Your Dean's letter/MSPE
  • Your medical school transcript
  • Your USMLE/National Board scores, Step I and II (if available, not mandatory for review).
  • Letters of Recommendation:  At least 3 letters of recommendation (preferably at least 1 from a neurologist).  Recommendation letters should be addressed according to ERAS instructions.
  • Evidence of registration in the Selective Service program, or evidence of exempt status issued by the Veterans Affairs' Office of Academic Affiliations through a Status of Information letter. For more information, see Selective Service Registration (PDF).
  • Non-US citizens must be eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship.

What to Expect

We select six PGY 1 residents through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) each year. We receive about 600 completed applications and select approximately 80 applicants to interview. The interview process involves meeting with the department chair, the director of the residency training program, several other neurology faculty members, and a senior neurology resident.

  • Applicants are ranked based on many factors:
  • Performance on neurology, internal medicine, and other clinical rotations
  • Letters of recommendation
  • General academic performance
  • Performance on the USMLE
  • Personal qualities and achievements.

Additional training in internal medicine, and research experience and accomplishments is beneficial but not required.

Application Process

You must apply through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You will be required to submit a completed ERAS application form, which will include:

  • A dean's letter (MSPE) - We understand that deans' letters (MSPEs) arrive later than November 1.
  • A medical school transcript
  • USMLE Step 1 scores (Step 2 scores are preferred but not required)
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation (preferably at least 1 from a neurologist)
  • A personal statement
  • A curriculum vitae

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International medical graduates

International medical graduates must have ECFMG certification and a Medical Board of California Post-Graduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL), preferably when your application is submitted, but no later than your interview.

Note: we accept J-1 visas only for residency training.