The Adult Neurology Residency Program at Washington University School of Medicine has been ACGME Accredited for over 40 years. Washington University participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for all adult residency positions. Applications are accepted only 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 letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Results (Step 1 needed to apply, Step 2 to start)
  • Personal statement

For the 2023 ERAS® cycle, our program will be collecting and reviewing data from applicants’ supplemental ERAS applications. Completion of the standard MyERAS application is a requirement; completion of the supplemental ERAS application is optional.

In its second year of use, the supplemental ERAS application is designed to help applicants share more information about themselves and assist our program in finding applicants that fit our program’s setting and mission. There is no cost to applicants and participation is optional.

The supplemental ERAS application provides:

  • geographic preferences (by division and by urban or rural setting)
  • information about an applicant’s most meaningful experiences and other impactful life events, if applicable
  • program signals

The supplemental ERAS application will be delivered on a survey platform that is separate from the MyERAS application and must be completed between Aug. 1 – Sept. 16, 2022.

Personal interviews are required for each candidate in all circumstances. Interview dates are arranged from November through mid-January by invitation. Interviews will be offered to selected candidates after review of their application. Generally, 11 adult and five pediatric residents are accepted each year. Contingent on satisfactory performance, reappointments made annually.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

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 Program is a part of Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Washington University. The GME committee — which also coordinates educational and policy guidelines for all postgraduate education at Washington University assuring that programs fully comply with local, state and federal mandates — reviews guidelines for residency training internally.

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.

Address inquiries about compliance to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899 Phone: 314-935-5949.


Applicants must have finished medical school in good standing and be eligible for temporary licensing in the state of Missouri. Rarely are individuals with previous training in neurology considered for appointment to second- or third-year levels if openings exist.

International applicants

Additional requirements for foreign medical graduates include:

  • Graduation from medical school within the past 10 years
  • Current ECFMG certification
  • USMLE Steps 1, 2 CS & 2 CK Scores

Important dates

Note: Dates are subject to change; please check NRMP website frequently for updates.

  • Sept. 15, 2022: Registration opens at 12 p.m. (EST) for applicants, institutional officials, program directors and medical school officials.
  • October 2022 – January 2023: Interviews
  • Nov. 30, 2022: Deadline for applications for the Neurology department at Washington University.
  • Feb. 1, 2023: Applicants and programs may start entering their rank order lists at 12 p.m. (EST)
  • March 1, 2023: Applicants must submit their rank list by 9 p.m. (EST)
  • March 17, 2023: Match Day!
  • June 21, 2023: Preliminary year begins at Washington University School of Medicine
  • July 1, 2023: First year neurology (PGY-2) begins at Washington University School of Medicine

Interview day

Per AAMC and AAN guidelines, our interview sessions during the 2022-2023 application season, will take place via Zoom between late October and mid-January.

Our interview sessions take place over a two-day period, typically on Monday or Tuesday. 

The Monday afternoon session starts with a greeting from our chief residents, Michael Butler, MD, and William Everett, MD, followed by an internal medicine overview, provided by one of the internal medicine chief residents.  You will then have the opportunity to meet our department Chair Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD, and our Acting Program Director Renee Van Stavern, MD.  They will provide you with a brief overview of the opportunities available within our program and answer any questions you may have.  The day will end with a virtual social hour, hosted by our chief residents, where you will have an opportunity to meet several our residents. 

Early Tuesday morning, we will start the individual applicant interviews.  Lee and Van Stavern will intervew each applicant together, for approximately 20 minutes.  In addition, you will interview with two more faculty members, individually, for approximately 20 minutes each, for a total of three interviews.  Residents currently in the program will stop by to visit, in our virtual conference room, while you are waiting for your interviews. Finally, the chief residents will present a slide show encapsulating the Washington University Neurology Residency Program, our residents and the city of St. Louis. Applicants will receive a personalized itinerary and will have staggered start times to accommodate different time zones.  

If you have a particular area of interest in neurology practice, research or education, please let us know and we will arrange virtual meetings with faculty or residents who share your interest.