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How to Apply

ERAS and NRMP

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, although we strongly recommend that all applicants follow the timeline outlined by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). 

All application materials should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) system. We will not review materials sent by email. Whenever possible, communication regarding interview selection, application review and follow-up will be conducted through ERAS. The ERAS application meets our requirements, so you will not need to send additional information.

Once we have reviewed the application materials, we will extend invitations to some applicants for interviews. All official communication regarding interviews and follow-up will be carried out through the ERAS system. If you are invited for an interview, see the following link for Interview Information.  

What to Include in Your Application

In your ERAS application, please include 3-4 letters of recommendation. We do not have a preference for either 3 or 4 letters, and we acknowledge that you may choose different letter writers to highlight different aspects of your candidacy. While we do not have specific requirements for types of letters of recommendation, we advise you to choose at least some letter writers who can comment on your suitability for clinical training in neurology. You may also choose letter writers who can comment on your scholarly potential, interpersonal skills, readiness for the preliminary internal medicine training year, and other characteristics that would be helpful for our committee to understand.

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. We give preference to individuals that we believe are likely to demonstrate leadership within neurology, through future clinical or basic neuroscience research, education, administration, global health or other efforts. We look carefully at all aspects of each application, including academic achievement, performance in clinical rotations, volunteering and teaching, research, the personal statement, and letters of reference.

The USMLE Step 1 is required in order to be considered for an interview. While USMLE Step 2CK scores are not required for application, they can be helpful to the committee. There is no specific "cut-off" score for USMLE exams in order to be considered for an interview, and we take a holistic approach to reviewing each application. 

Once we have reviewed the application materials, we will extend invitations to some applicants for interviews. All official communication regarding interviews and follow-up will be carried out through the ERAS system. If you are invited for an interview, see the following link for Interview Information.

Preliminary Internal Medicine Training

To be eligible for our residency program, you will need to complete a one year accredited medicine internship. We are not a categorical program, but there are 10 preliminary slots set aside for neurology applicants in the internal medicine preliminary program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. This means that preliminary internal medicine positions are available to every applicant who matches in our advanced Neurology residency. We coordinate efforts with the Department of Internal Medicine to make the match process easier for those who wish to complete their internship and residency at the same institution. If you are selected for an interview with the neurology program, you will not have to complete a separate interview for the YNHH preliminary internal medicine program. You will meet with representatives of the internal medicine program on the Neurology interview day, and will have the opportunity to learn more about the program at that time.

Please see the following link for information on the Yale preliminary internship: Yale-New Haven Hospital Medicine Internships

Program Codes (NRMP)

Yale Neurology PGY-2 Program 1089180A0
Yale Investigative Neurology Program (YINP) 1089180A1 
Med-Prelim/Neurology/YNHH 1089140P2   

When applicants rank either of our residency programs, the medicine preliminary program for neurology is listed jointly and will be available for to rank if chosen by applicants.  We strongly encourage all residents to apply to the preliminary medicine program affiliated with our neurology program. You will not be required to complete a separate interview for the preliminary program.


International Applicant Information

For foreign medical 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 formally matched with our program. We will review your application if you are not yet ECFMG certified, you will need to provide a 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. 

To be considered for our program, international applicants should have graduated from medical school within the past 5 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.

For Further Information:

Jeremy Moeller, MD, FRCPC
Jeremy Moeller, MD, FRCPC
Director, Residency Program
Department of Neurology
Yale School of Medicine
PO Box 208018
New Haven, CT 06520-8018
(203) 785-6054
yaleneurologyresidency@yale.edu