How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Neurology Residency training program at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine. In considering candidates for residency, we do review each and every application that we receive. Our application deadline is November 30.

There is no single factor that we use to decide who will be invited for interviews. We are primarily looking for evidence that candidates have the ability and motivation to develop into skilled, caring and competent clinical neurologists. On top of that, we give preference to those individuals that we believe are likely to contribute globally to health care, either through future clinical or basic neuroscience research, teaching or public health efforts. We look for evidence of these qualities through prior academic achievement, a track record in public service or neuroscience / neurological research, the personal statement, and letters of reference.

USMLE exams are not a requirement in order to apply, but if you have taken them we give higher consideration if your USMLE scores are above 215, 86 for Step 1 and above 210, 88 for Step 2. We do not accept the COMLEX exam.

Once we have reviewed the application materials, we will extend invitations to some applicants for interviews. Please be sure your email address is listed - you will get a reply regarding the status of your application by email. If you are invited for an interview, see the following link for Interview Information.

Residency applicants must register for the National Residency Matching Program to obtain a position in the Yale Neurology Residency. The ERAS application meets our requirements, so you will not need to send additional information.  In your ERAS application, please include three letters of recommendation, personal statement, dean's letter, and medical school transcript.

To be eligible for our residency program, you will need to complete a one year accredited medicine internship. We do not offer PGY-1 positions as part of our program, but there are medicine internships affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital that you can apply to separately. We coordinate efforts with these programs to make the match process easier for those who wish to complete their internship and residency at the same institution. Please see the following link for information on the Yale internships.

Yale-New Haven Hospital Medicine Internships

For foreign graduates, the J1 Visa is preferred. Yale-New Haven Hospital handles the H1B Visa on a case-by-case basis. If you match with us and want to pursue the H1B, the matter is referred to the Legal Office. They will not begin the process until the applicant has definitely matched with our program. We will review your application if you are not yet ECFMG certified, but we will need a copy of your valid ECFMG certificate by the time the rank lists are due. You do not need to have a medical license in order to apply. Prior U.S. clinical experience is preferred but not required. We have a medical school graduation date cutoff of five years.  Unfortunately we have no openings for observerships or externships in our department, as space is very limited with the number of residents, rotators, and medical students that we have on service.