Frequently Asked Questions

The program:

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 application 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!

International graduates:

Q.  Does your program accept International Medical Graduates?

  • Yes!

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