Collected here are some of the common questions we encounter. Of course, you are unable to find what you are looking for here, do not hesitate in reaching out to us.


Q:  Is the Washington University Neurology program an integrated four-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. Our graduates often pursue additional clinical and research opportunities both within the WashU institution and other highly regarded programs.

Q: Is there a formal mentorship program?

Yes! Each entering resident is assigned at least one primary mentor based on their area of interest and career goals. Residents are also assigned one primary associate program director mentor. Residents in the first year meet with their assigned mentor and meet other potential mentors as assigned by program leadership 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 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. In addition, we are in the process of launching three formal tracks (physician-scientist, master clinician, clinician-educator). While we do not have a formal global health track, we offer international rotations through the collaboration of Drs. Peter Kang, Mwiza Ushe, David Clifford and other colleagues. Sites in the past have included Mekele Ethiopia, Yangon, Myanmar, internal medicine sites in Guatemala, South Africa, Guinea-Bissau, and Haiti. We also collaborate with the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences so some residents have started or completed programs including Master of Public Health or Master of Science in 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 neurology, in basic science, translational, or clinical research and in education. Many of our faculty are physician-scientists, and we have an excellent track record in starting the careers of physician-scientists with several of our graduates being K-awardees at any given time. 

Q:  Since WashU 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 WashU?

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 Section of General Neurology, 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, the Neuromuscular Disease Center 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 U.S., and many others are leading clinicians at academic institutions.

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: We will not accept any application information directly. You must apply through ERAS. We will begin accepting applications September 6, 2023. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2023.

Q:  When do interviews generally take place?

Interviews begin in late October and go through mid-January. Our interviews take place over a two-day period, typically on Monday – Tuesday.  You will interview with our program chair, program director, and two more faculty members individually for approximately 20 minutes for a total of four interviews.  Please see the Interview Day section of our Application Process page for further information.

Q:  How many letters of recommendations do you require?

We require three letters of recommendation.

Q:  How many positions are available each year?

There are 11 positions in each year.

Living in St. Louis

Q:  Is St. Louis a safe place to live for me and my family?

Yes! St. Louis gets a bad reputation 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 and enjoy life outside of clinical work.

Many of our residents and most of the faculty have family that loves living in the St. Louis area. The cost of living is low (some residents own their own homes), there are excellent schools, and there are many free attractions for everyone. See the Resident Life and Living in St. Louis pages for more details. St. Louis is a great place for families!

International graduates

Q:  Does your program accept international medical graduates?


Q:  What are the minimum requirements for IMGs 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 three supporting letters of recommendation as well as all items requested in the application from ERAS. If you have graduated within the last one to four years, observership is acceptable. However, if you have graduated within the last five to 10 years, U.S. clinical experience is required. Please refer to the ERAS website for more information. 

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?

Ten years.

Contact us

Lorraine Edrington

Lorraine Edrington

Sr. Neurology Residency Program Coordinator