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Residency Program Application Process

Applicants must complete an approved program of medical training, receive an MD or equivalent degree, and complete a year of PGY 1 training before starting their neurology residency training.  Please note, UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency has transitioned all of their preliminary positions to categorical positions.  

The PGY 1 year must be at an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved program and should include either:

  • A minimum of 8 months of internal medicine training with primary responsibility in patient care
  • 6 months of internal medicine with primary responsibility in patient care and at least 2 months of pediatrics and/or emergency medicine

The PGY 1 year cannot include more than 4 months of training in neurology. (These are requirements of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.) Finally, applicants must obtain a California training license (PTL) to practice medicine during their PGY 2 year at UC San Diego.

We  select 6 PGY 2 residents through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) each year. We receive about 350 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 are beneficial but not required.

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

  • A dean’s letter (MSPE)
  • 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
  • Evidence of registration in the Selective Service program, or evidence of exempt status issued by the Veterans Affairs' Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) through a Status of Information letter. For more information on this requirement, please review the document here: Selective Service - Registration Requirement.pdf

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.

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Applications will be accepted until Nov. 1, although many of our interview slots are filled before that date. 

We understand that deans' letters (MSPEs) arrive later than Nov. 1.