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How to Apply

University Hospitals Neurology Residency How to Apply

For open neurology residency positions, applications for the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Neurology Residency Program are submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Application Information and Interviews

Interviews for invited applicants take place on Fridays, starting in late October and continuing through mid-January. The evening prior to the interview day, a Zoom meeting will be hosted by the program director, David Preston, MD and associate program director, Christopher Geiger, DO. This session will consist of an orientation and a brief overview of the residency. Afterward, the faculty will sign off and candidates will have the opportunity to meet a group of current residents. Attendance at this introduction session is important and required.

The interview program begins on Friday morning at around 9 a.m. and takes place through Thalamus, an online virtual interview platform. Each applicant will have private interviews with several faculty members. Each interview lasts approximately 25 minutes. At the conclusion of the interviews, all the applicants will meet with the chair, Cathy Sila, MD, in a group setting. Arrangements for applicants with specific clinical or research interests can be made to meet with additional faculty.

We believe one of the best features of our training program is the people that make up our department and the wonderful educational environment they create. This can be challenging to assess during a virtual interview, but we have done our best to create a process that illustrates our collegial atmosphere and our commitment to resident education.

In regard to “Second Looks”, this is a visit to our program and hospital that occurs after the initial interview day and before the match. Second looks are not required. However, we do them on an informal basis. Thus, if you plan on visiting Cleveland, contact our coordinator, Kelly Sliter, to let her know what date you will be in town. If it works out, we have a resident(s) give a tour of the hospital and depending on the time, maybe take you to a conference. Again, these are informal, at your discretion, not required, and will not affect our ranking of you.

Neurology Residency Match

The Neurology Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program which announces its results in the middle of March.

Eligibility Requirements

University Hospitals Neurology Residency How to ApplyApplicants to the Neurology Residency program must have the following credentials:

  • Must be graduates of an approved U.S. or Canadian Medical School with the last five years. Outstanding graduates of international medical schools who have been certified through the ECFMG at the time of application may also apply. U.S. experience is preferred but not required. A valid ECFMG certificate is not required at the time of application but must meet the requirements prior to beginning residency. For matched candidates from international medical schools who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, a valid J-1 Visa is required. We do not sponsor H1 visas.
  • Applicants must pass the USMLE step one on the first attempt. Applicants must pass the USMLE step two (CK) on the first attempt with a three-digit score of 225 or higher. For Osteopathic Medical Schools, although the USLME is encouraged, the COMLEX may be substituted a minimum score of 450 on the first attempt. Applicants who have not yet taken step two (CK) may still apply provided their step two (CK) is scheduled and the results will be available before the end of January.
  • When applying to ERAS, three letters of reference are required. One letter should be from either the Neurology Chair, Neurology Program Director, Neurology Clerkship Director or supervising Neurology attending (during a clerkship or Acting Internship).

Contact Information

You may address any inquiries you may have to the residency/education coordinator:

Ms. Kelly Sliter
Department of Neurology
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-5098

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