How to apply: Residency Application Process

The Adult Neurology Residency Program at Washington University School of Medicine has been ACGME Accredited ( for over 40 years. Washington University participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP; and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS; for all adult residency positions. Applications are only accepted through ERAS. A complete application for residency must include:

  • ERAS Application
  • Curriculum Vitae generated through ERAS
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean's Letter (MSPE)
  • At Least Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE Results (Step 1 needed to apply, Step 2 to start)
  • Personal Statement

Personal interviews are required for each candidate in all circumstances. Interview dates are arranged from October through early January by invitation. Interviews will be offered to selected candidates after review of their application. Generally, 10 adult and 2-4 pediatric residents are accepted each year. Contingent on satisfactory performance, reappointments are made annually.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information:

Preliminary year in Medicine (Intern Year):

Washington University offers a four-year Neurology training program including the necessary Internal Medicine training mandated for board certification in Neurology. A separate "Preliminary Year" application is not necessary.


The Neurology Residency is a part of Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Washington University. Guidelines for residency training are reviewed internally by the GME committee, who also coordinates educational and policy guidelines for all postgraduate education at Washington University assuring that programs fully comply with local, state, and federal mandates.

Washington University is committed to increasing representation of women and members of minority groups in its residency programs and particularly encourages applications from such candidates. Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment of, or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status or disability. Present Department of Defense policy governing ROTC and AFROTC programs discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation; such discrimination is inconsistent with Washington University policy.

Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University's Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899 tel: (314) 935-5949.


Applicants must have finished medical school in good standing and be eligible for temporary licensing in the state of Missouri. Rarely, individuals with previous training in neurology may be considered for appointment to second or third year levels if openings exist.

International Applicants

Additional Requirements for Foreign Medical Graduates includes:

  • Graduation from medical school within the past 10 years
  • Current ECFMG certification
  • USMLE Steps 1, 2 CS & 2 CK Scores

Important dates

Note: Dates are subject to change; please check NRMP website frequently for updates.

  • September 15, 2020: Registration opens at 12:00 pm eastern time for applicants, institutional officials, program directors, and medical school officials.
  • October 31, 2020: Deadline for applications for the Neurology department at Washington University.
  • October 2020 - January 2021: Interviews
  • February 1, 2021: Applicants and programs may start entering their rank order lists at 12:00 pm (EST)
  • March 3, 2021: Applicants must submit their rank list by 9:00 pm (EST)
  • March 19, 2021: Match Day!
  • June 21, 2021: Preliminary year begins at Washington University School of Medicine
  • July 1, 2022: First year neurology (PGY-2) begins at Washington University School of Medicine

Interview Day Information

Interview dates for a residency position in Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine are arranged from early October through mid January.

Travel to St. Louis:

Several airline carriers provide frequent daily flights to and from St. Louis via “Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL).” The easiest and cheapest way to reach the Medical Center and Parkway Hotel from the airport is to take the MetroLink light rail. Get off the train at the Central West End station and exit the platform up the stairs to Euclid Avenue on the east side of the medical campus. The cost is $4.00 from the airport. Taxis are also available at the airport for about $40.00 for a one-way trip to the Medical Center/Parkway Hotel.


You will stay at Parkway Hotel compliments of the Department of Neurology (4550 Forest Park Blvd.; 866-314-7700 or 314-256-7777). It is located on the Washington University Medical Center campus and offers enclosed access to the “Center for Advanced Medicine” as well as the rest of the medical campus. It is also located less than two blocks from the Central West End MetroLink station.


If you drive to St. Louis, parking is available at the Parkway Hotel, however, we encourge you to park in the North Garage, directly behind the Parkway Hotel, as we can validate your parking at this location. (

A typical interview schedule will be as follows:

Monday Afternoon: The Internal Medicine overview will be held on the Monday prior to your Tuesday Neurology interview. The Internal Medicine overview begins at 4:00pm. A resident will meet you at 3:45pm in the lobby of the Parkway Hotel to escort you to the Internal Medicine overview, which will take place in the Biotechnology building (4559 Scott Avenue, Conference Room 228). Dress for this is business casual.

Monday Evening Reception (a.k.a. Mini Taste of St. Louis) and Dinner: After the Internal Medicine overview, we invite you to attend a “Mini Taste of St. Louis” reception. We hope you will enjoy some of the St. Louis fare as we introduce you to our program. This event will begin at 4:30pm. After the reception, you will join a group of resident for dinner and drinks at one our local area restaurants . Dress for the reception and dinner is business casual. After dinner, the Residents will drop you off at the Parkway Hotel where you will stay compliments of the Department of Neurology.

Tuesday Morning: A resident will meet you in the lobby of the Parkway Hotel at 6:30am to escort you to the 2nd floor Choi conference room of the McMillan Hospital Building (517 South Euclid Avenue). At 7:00am an overview of the program will be given by the Residency Program Director, Dr. Snider. A continental breakfast will be served. Each applicant will interview individually with Dr. Holtzman, Chairman of Neurology, and Dr. Snider, Residency Program Director, for approximately 15 minutes each, and then an additional faculty member for approximately 20-30 minutes. Residents currently in the program will stop by to visit while you are waiting for your interviews. Finally, the Chief Residents will present a slide show encapsulating the Washington University Neurology Residency Program and then take you on a tour of the medical campus. Residents and faculty members will have lunch with you at approximately 12:00pm. The Neurology interview day will conclude around 1:30pm unless you request to meet with additional faculty.

If a residency applicant has an identified research interest, we will try to arrange a meeting with the appropriate individuals at the University during the interview visit at the applicant's request.

Employment Information

The Neurology Residency is a part of Graduate Medical Education at Washington University. The guidelines that govern all ACGME accredited programs within Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital are set forth by the GME Consortium. Guidelines for residency training are reviewed internally by the GME committee, who also coordinates educational and policy guidelines for all postgraduate education at Washington University assuring that programs fully comply with local, state, and federal mandates.


Washington University Medical School/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Saint Louis Children's Hospital Approved House Staff Stipends for July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021:

FOR JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021

PGY 1 59,063
PGY 2 61,413
PGY 3 64,179
PGY 4 67,069
PGY 5 69,051
PGY 6 72,156
PGY 7 75,405


A variety of affordable single and family (including same-sex partnerships) plans are provided to Residents for medical, prescription, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Malpractice insurance is provided at no cost to the trainee.


Each resident will have 3 weeks of vacation per year.

Child Care for BJH Employees:

St. Louis Children's Hospital operates two childcare facilities within the medical complex:

321 S. Newstead, St. Louis, MO 63110 --- (314) 454-4700
4353 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 --- (314) 362-0777

Programs are available for infants through kindergarten. Flexible program - full time, regular part time and variable part time - is offered to help meet each family's scheduling needs. Enrollment is offered year round, and tuition is based on the amount of time your child is scheduled. Colorful rooms and an outdoor play area are equipped with various materials specifically suited to the children's age groups.​ 

Other benefits:

  • Parking will be provided for all residents free of charge
  • Meal vouchers are provided for in-house calls
  • White coats are provided annually
  • An educational allowance of $300 is provided annually
  • Attendance to one national/international neurology conference during your training is mandatory and reimbursed by the Department of Neurology.
  • Residents receive privileges at the Washington University Medical School campus (e.g. libraries, gym, weight room and bookstore) as well as a number of discounts on goods and services in the St. Louis area.

You may visit the GME website ( for more information about items such as Responsibilities of Residents and Clinical Fellows, Stipends, Benefits, Evaluation and Promotion, Complaint Procedure, Supervision of Residents and Fellows, etc.