How to apply: Residency Application Process
The Adult Neurology Residency Program at Washington University School of Medicine has been ACGME Accredited (http://www.acgme.org/acgmeweb/) for over 40 years. Washington University participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP; http://www.nrmp.org/) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS; https://www.aamc.org/services/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 November 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.
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.
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
Note: Dates are subject to change; please check NRMP website frequently for updates.
- September 15, 2016: Registration opens at 12:00pm eastern time for applicants, institutional officials, program directors, and medical school officials.
- October 31, 2016: Deadline for applications for the Neurology department at Washington University.
- November 2016 – January 2017: Interviews
- January 15, 2017: Applicants and programs may start entering their rank order lists at 12:00pm eastern time.
- February 22, 2017: Applicants must submit their rank list by 9:00pm eastern time.
- March 17, 2017: Match Day!
- June 21, 2017: Preliminary year begins at Washington University School of Medicine
- July 1, 2018: 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 November 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 or the South Garage. Parking will only be validated for these two locations. (http://www.barnesjewish.org/patients-visitors/directions-maps).
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 3:30pm. A resident will meet you at 3:15pm 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 then go to the Gamlin Whiskey House (236 North Euclid Avenue) for dinner and drinks. 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.
The Neurology Residency is a part of Graduate Medical Education (GME; http://gme.wustl.edu/Pages/GME_Home.aspx) 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 (http://gme.wustl.edu/About_the_GME_Consortium/Pages/home.aspx). 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, 2017 to June 30, 2018:
FOR JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018
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.
- 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 (http://gme.wustl.edu/Pages/GME_Home.aspx) 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.
Q. Is the Washington University Neurology program an integrated 4-year program?
- Yes ~ if you match with our institution for Neurology, you will complete your PGY-1 year as a Resident within the Washington University Internal Medicine program.
Q. Are there further opportunities for fellowship and research at this institution?
- Yes! In fact, 4 out of 9 graduates from our 2015 class and 3 out of the 9 graduates from our 2016 class accepted fellowship within the University.
Q. Is there a formal mentorship program?
- Yes! Each entering resident is assigned at least one mentor based on their area of interest. Residents in the first year meet with their assigned mentor and meet other potential mentors at the quarterly “Mentor Blitz” and also through interactions during rotations, on Neurology Family outings and at lectures. At the beginning of each academic year, residents are asked to select a primary mentor for that year. In the PGY2 and PGY3 years, residents and mentors use a Career Development Action Plan template to foster discussions. Most residents end up with a several mentors with whom they work closely in the PGY3-4 years.
Q. Are there specific “tracks” like a physician scientist training program, or programs in global health or neurology education?
- We offer 11 months of elective time that residents use to customize their residency to match their interests. This enables residents to “focus” their residency time on areas of interest. For example, although we do not have a formal “PSTP” program, our residents have ample supported time for research if they wish to pursue a physician scientist career. We have sets of recommended electives, activities, resources and mentors for residents interested including those focused on Education, Clinical Practice neurology, Global Neurology, Physician Scientist and Clinical Research. We collaborate with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences so some residents have started or completed programs including Masters of Public Health or Masters of Clinical Investigation during residency.
Q. Is Washington University a good place for residents interested in careers in academic medicine and research?
- Yes! Washington University is a leader in neuroscience research and many of our trainees do choose careers in academic medicine, in basic science, translational research or in education. Many of our faculty are physician scientists and we have an excellent track record in starting the careers of physician scientist.
Q. Since Wash U is so strong in research, what about people interested in clinical neurology and clinical practice careers? Are they valued as applicants and as residents? How good is the clinical training at Wash U?
- Yes again! The first priority of residency is to learn clinical neurology, and we are very proud of the excellence of our graduates as clinicians. We are looking for a broad range of residents, and welcome those who are interested in clinical practice, either in general neurology or in one of the clinical subspecialties. We have a dedicated General Neurology section, so you will learn about general neurology from experienced neurologists, many of whom have had successful clinical practices in the community. We have very strong clinicians in all subspecialties. For example, http://neuromuscular.wustl.edu/, is the go-to online resource for clinicians dealing with neuromuscular disorders. Many of our graduates are in clinical practice in the community around the US and many others are leading clinicians at academic institutions.
The applications process:
Q. How do I apply for residency and what is the application deadline?
- We only accept applications through ERAS. Please review their website for further application information. ERAS’ website is: www.aamc.org. We will not accept any application information directly. You must apply through ERAS. We will begin accepting applications September 15, 2016. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2016.
Q. When do interviews generally take place?
- Interviews begin in late October and go through early January. You will meet with the Internal Medicine department on a Monday to learn about their program and then interview with the Neurology Department on the Tuesday of that same week.
Q. What are the USMLE score requirements?
- We look at the ENTIRE application ~ just not the USMLE scores. However, we prefer to see the scores in the 200’s on the first attempt. This is not to imply that if your scores are lower that you will not be considered. Once again, we review the entire application.
Q. How many letters of recommendations to you require?
- We require 3 letters of recommendation.
Q. How many positions are available each year?
- There are 10 positions in each year.
Living in Saint Louis
Q. Is Saint Louis a safe place to live for me and my family?
- Yes! Saint Louis gets a bad rap in some crime statistics and, like any urban area, there are some parts of the city where the crime rate is higher than others. The area around the medical school campus is a safe vibrant community where many residents live. Many of them walk or cycle to work.
- Many of our residents and most of the faculty have family that loves living in the Saint Louis area. The cost of living is low (some residents own their own homes), there are excellent schools, and there are many free of charge attractions for everyone. See the “Resident Life” page for more details. Saint Louis is a great place for families.
Q. Does your program accept International Medical Graduates?
Q. When does an IMG need to have their ECFMG certificate?
- At the time you begin residency. You will need it in order to obtain a Missouri Medical License. On rare occasions, we have extended interview invitations to applicants who have not yet obtained their ECFMG certificate but would not rank anyone who was not yet ECFMG certified.
Q. What are the minimum requirements for IMG’s applying to the program?
- We require that you have graduated from medical school within the last 10 years, passed the USMLE step 1 and 2 on the first attempt and be ECFMG certified. We require the results of your CSA and 3 supporting letters of recommendations as well as all items requested in the application from ERAS. If you have graduated within the last 1 – 4 years, observership is acceptable however if you’ve graduated within the last 5 – 10 years, U.S. clinical experience is required. Please refer to the following website for more information: www.aamc.org/eras.
Q. What visa does your hospital sponsor?
- We sponsor the J-1 visa for international graduates in almost all circumstances.
Q. What is the cut-off year for graduation?
- 10 years