Residency Applications

We appreciate your interest in our neurology program and welcome your application.

Application Process

The Neurology Residency at OHSU uses ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) exclusively and participates in the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program).

We are listed in ERAS as an advanced program, but we are essentially categorical. If you match with us, PGY-1 year is guaranteed, but applicants have the choice of pursuing internship elsewhere if they prefer.

  • ERAS Application: Apply only to 1599180A0
  • NRMP Ranking: Rank PGY-2-4 NRMP Code 1599180A0, then rank us for Med-Prelim/Neurology PGY-1 NRMP Code 1599140P0).

Applicants complete their intern year and three years of neurology residency all at OHSU in a four-year integrated residency program. Applicants that rank our program are guaranteed a preliminary position in Internal Medicine and do not require a separate application or interview to this preliminary position. Therefore, applicants that wish to apply to our neurology residency program will only submit their application to the Neurology program (PGY2-4 / NRMP Code 1599180A0).

To rank our program, first rank us for Neurology (PGY-2-4 / NRMP Code 1599180A0), then rank us for Med-Prelim/Neurology (PGY-1 / NRMP Code 1599140P0).

The following materials must be transmitted to us through ERAS no later than NOVEMBER 10:

  • Common Application Form (including CV)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation (4 is maximum)
  • Certified USMLE/COMLEX scores
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Photograph (required if invited for an interview)

International Medical Graduates are required to submit the following in addition to above:

  • ECFMG Certificate
  • Documentation of US Clinical Experience

Interview Process

Interviewees are extended an invitation via email. We interview most Mondays and Fridays, November through January, excluding holidays. Interviews begin promptly at 8:00 A.M. The interview is an essential piece of the application process and involves one full day in Portland. Residents host an informal dinner the night before your interview. We also provide one hotel night plus tax only, the night before your interview date.
Interview schedule

Frequently Asked Questions


  • How many interviews/position do you offer?
    We interview 10 applicants for every 1 position offered
  • How many vacant positions do you have?
    We offer 4–5 positions each year through the match.

Application & Rank Process

  • Do I have to submit my ERAS application for the Med-Prelim position?
    No, in ERAS applicants only apply to Neurology|1599180A0 (Advanced)
  • Do I have to rank the Med-Prelim position in the NRMP System?
    Yes, applicants will first rank Neurology (PGY-2-4 / NRMP Code 1599180A0), then rank Med-Prelim/Neurology (PGY-1 / NRMP Code 1599140P0)


  • Is there a USMLE cutoff score to apply to your program?
    There is no strict cut-off, but we typically match applicants with 220+ on USMLE Steps 1 and 2.
  • How many attempts are allowed to pass USMLE?
    Prefer pass on first attempt, but special circumstances considered.
  • Do you have a minimum USMLE score?
    We have no minimum score requirement but a competitive score will increase the strength of your application.
  • Do I have to have Step 2 of USMLE complete before applying?
    Not for application process, but required as part of appointment.
  • What are the requirements for USMLE Step 3?
    We require USMLE Step 3 be taken by the end of PGY-1 year.
  • Do you accept COMLEX scores for DO candidates?
    We do accept COMLEX scores
  • Are D.O. candidates required to submit USMLE scores?
    No, we accept COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE for D.O. candidates.

  • Do you have a minimum COMLEX score requirement?
    There is no strict cut-off, but a competitive score is usually 550+.

International Medical Graduates

  • Do you accept IMG's into your program?
    Yes, we accept IMG's into our program.
  • How many IMG's are in your program currently?
    We currently do not have IMG's in our program, however have graduated 4 since 2009.
  • How long since graduation do you accept medical students into your residency program?
    There is no strict cut-off, however we strongly prefer that you have graduated within 5 years from medical school.
  • Is US clinical experience an essential requirement for application to your residency program?
    We prefer candidates with some US clinical experience. Documentation should be self-reported as part of the ERAS application.
  • What types of Visas do you offer?
    Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must be legally able to work in the U.S. or eligible to obtain authorization to work. Requests for information or visa applications should be made to the GME office. Contact OHSU's GME office
  • Do I have to be fully ECFMG certified before applying?
    Not for application process, but required as part of appointment.