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Frequently Asked Questions

Residency Applicants

How can I apply to your program?

Complete an application form through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and submit the required documents. See ERAS begins taking applications in August. Our NRMP Code is 1256180A0 and this is a 3-year, advanced program named Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School Program.

Do you accept applications outside of ERAS?

No. We accept applications only through ERAS.

What is your application deadline?

We suggest that all of your application materials are submitted through ERAS by October 15th. The absolute deadline for completed applications is the 15th of November, although earlier applications are given first priority.

How many applications do you receive a year, and how many applicants do you interview?

We receive 400+ applications a year, and interview around 60 candidates. Interviews are held on selected Fridays between November and January.

How many residents do you have?

Our program with has 21 adult neurology positions (7 new positions each year). Our combined program with Childrens Hospital Boston brings an additional 15 pediatric neurology residents (5 per year) into our schedule.

Do you offer any preliminary (PGY1) training positions?

Our Neurology program is advanced, and applicants must apply separately for a preliminary/transitional position in Medicine. There is a joint Advanced Preliminary Neurology program with the Department of Medicine, NRMP code 1256140P1, which gives candidates the opportunity to be chosen for internship slots at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition, applicants are still able to match into the regular preliminary Medicine program at BIDMC, NRMP code 1256140P0, so there is a number of ways to be selected to complete a preliminary year at BIDMC. Applicants wishing to complete their preliminary year at BIDMC should apply to, and submit rank lists for both medicine programs. Applicants wishing to stay at their home institution or match elsewhere for the Medicine year are able to do so, with no impact on their neurology residency.

Do you have a minimum USMLE Score?

No. We look at the entire application, not just the USMLE scores. However, the mean score for most of our successful applicants is generally over 95.

Do you accept applications from International Medical Graduates?

Yes, we accept highly-qualified IMGs on occasion. We have several in our program now.

What are the minimum requirements for IMG's applying to the program?

In addition to all of the items requested in the ERAS application, to be considered, International Medical Graduates must
1. possess an ECFMG certificate by the time applications are reviewed,
2. have been active in the practice of medicine (either as a medical student or a resident or independent practitioner) within the last 2 years,
3. have passed the USMLE steps 1 and 2, and
4. have at least two months of U.S. clinical experience with patient responsibility, with letters of recommendation from those rotations. A U.S. hospital observership is not considered U.S. clinical experience.

Do you accept applications from graduates of osteopathic medical schools?


What opportunities are there for research during residency training?

Residents are encouraged to pursue mentored clinical or basic science research. Residents may use elective time to pursue formal training in research methodology through courses offered throughout the Harvard campus. A research block of up to 6 months may be arranged during residency as part of the Resident Research Education Program, an R25 training grant which also includes funded research for an additional year after neurology residency.

Requests for Rotation in our Program

Rotations for Residents
An affiliation agreement with your home institution is required before a rotation can begin. Prior to the start of any rotation, rotators must provide all of the following:
1. either a full or a limited Massachusetts medical license (this is a 9-12 week process),
2. malpractice insurance providing coverage within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
3. an ECFMG certificate (foreign graduates only), and
4. records of required current immunizations.

Rotations for Medical Students
• For electives, we welcome both US and international medical students.
• Each student seeking to arrange a rotation must make all arrangements through the Harvard Medical School Registrar at

Requests for Observership

Observerships are not offered. College or high school students wishing to volunteer in the hospital may contact the Volunteer Office at 617-667-3026.