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Neurology Residency Training Program

Application FAQ's

1. Does the University of Michigan neurology program come with matched internships in Ann Arbor?

We are recruiting 6 candidates this year, and all 6 come with a matched internship at the University of Michigan.

2. Is there a minimum USMLE score?

We don't have any absolute criteria for U.S. or international graduates with regard to board scores.

3. What are my chances of getting an interview?

We have a policy against pre-evaluating candidates before an application is submitted. Many variables are considered, including grades in medical school, board scores, academic achievements (research, publications, awards, etc), letters of recommendation and many others. We typically receive about 400 applications and interview about 65 candidates for 6 positions.

4. When are interviews?

This year, our interviews will go from late October through mid-December or early January. Most interviews are on Wednesdays. There is usually a dinner with the residents the night before.

5. What is the Diversity & Career Development Office (DCDO)?

The University of Michigan Department of Neurology is committed to the recruitment and career development of individuals from various backgrounds. The DCDO provides house officers in our program with mentoring, networking, travel assistance to professional conferences, and other career development support.

6. What types of visas do you sponsor?

The University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education office will only accept a J1 visa. The visa is obtained by the applicant through the ECFMG during credentialing.

7. Do you require clinical training in the United States?

If you are an international applicant, you are likely to receive strong consideration for our program only if you have received clinical training in the U.S., if your application shows other evidence that you have knowledge of medicine as practiced in Western countries, or if you have published significant scientific work. ECFMG certification is required.

8. What matching program and application service do you accept?

Our Neurology program participates in the NRMP Main Residency Match, and in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Applicants must register with both NRMP and ERAS to participate in the services of each.

9. Do you have observerships?

We do not offer observerships prior to your neurology residency.

10. Do you offer an advanced program if I want to do my internship elsewhere?

No. Because our neurology curriculum begins towards the end of your PGY-1 year, offering positions without matched internships would put some residents at a disadvantage.

11. Is there a cut-off date for M.D. degree?

No, there is not a cut-off date for the M.D. degree.

12. Is there a final date after which applications will not be considered?

There is no final date, but our interview slots fill up quickly, so it is a good idea to apply early. We begin reviewing applications on September 1 of every year. We recommend having applications submitted by the end of October at the latest.

13. I received a notice that I would not be granted an interview, but new information about my candidacy is available. Should I contact you?

Due to time constraints, we often are forced to make our decisions about interview invitations before we see your dean's letters, class rank, and AOA status. Sometimes, candidates have new publications or presentations that were completed after the application was submitted. If you think there is new information that may change the status of your candidacy, you should let us know.

14. What will my salary be as a Neurology resident at the University of Michigan?
The great thing about the University of Michigan is the House Officer’s Association who works on your behalf in negotiating yearly salary, holiday pay, bonuses, and benefits.  For more information on current salaries, please visit: and see the contract for your year. 

15. What benefits will I be eligible for as a house officer at the University of Michigan?
For more information, please see:

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