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
Considering the ongoing pandemic there are continuing concerns regarding the risk of travel associated with residency interviews. The ACGME and the Coalition for Physician Accountability have recommended that all interviews be conducted virtually for the 2021-2022 recruitment season. It was the hope of these organizations that a uniformed application process would reduce unnecessary confusion, stress, and inequity among students while promoting a more successful selection process for all involved.
Interviews for invited applicants take place on Fridays, starting in late October and continuing through early 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 brief overview of the residency. Afterward, the faculty will sign off and candidates will have the opportunity to meet a group of current residents.
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 last 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 are the people that make up our department and the wonderful educational environment they create. This can be difficult thing 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.
Neurology Residency Match
The Neurology Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program which announces its results in the middle of March.
Applicants 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 with a three-digit score of 210 or higher. 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 the Chair, Program Director or Clerkship Director at your medical school.
You may address any inquiries you may have to the residency/education coordinator:
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