Applicant Information and Resources

Virtual interviews

For the fall 2020 interview season, our program will be conducting all of our interviews virtually.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from September 15 to October 1. All positions will be filled through the National Residency matching program (NRMP). Traditionally all positions fill and we do not have available positions post-Match.

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

ERAS Application: Apply only to 1599180A0

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).

NRMP Ranking: Rank PGY-2-4 NRMP Code 1599180A0, then rank us for Med-Prelim/Neurology PGY-1 NRMP Code 1599140P0.

Required applicant information

The application materials we require are as follows:

  • MyERAS Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE
  • USMLE/COMLEX Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Photo
  • ECFMG Status Report

International medical graduate applicants must be ECFMG certified by the NRMP ranking deadline (February) to be considered. Current international medical students must be certified by June in the year they graduate. We require clinical experience in the U.S. or in a health care system similar to the U.S. and have graduated from medical school in the last two years. Please note that we do not count externships, observerships, or research work as clinical experience.

Interview dates

The OHSU Neurology Residency Program offers interviews on Mondays and Fridays beginning mid-November through the first week of January. We invite qualified applicants starting in mid-October on an ongoing basis. There are no interviews scheduled the last two weeks of December.

Interview schedule

Prospective applicants meet with the Residency Program Director, Associate Program Director, Department Chair, and one additional key faculty member. Residents host a luncheon and an individual campus tour as part of your interview day. Breaks are built into the schedule.

Evening Meet & Greet

Residents host an informal dinner the evening before your interview date. Applicants will also have the opportunity to meet current residents during the interview day.

Applying for residency in the neurology program: FAQ


    • 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 5 positions each year through the match.

    Application and 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)

    USMLE/COMLEX scores

    • 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 IMGs into your program?
      Yes, we accept IMGs into our program.
    • How many IMGs are in your program currently?
      Currently, we have one IMG in our program, and have graduated eight IMGs in the last 10 years.
    • 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?
      The most common visas we sponsor are J1 and H1B. 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.