Applying to the Neurology Residency Program - FAQs
What is required for the PGY-1 year?
Prior to beginning training in neurology, a PGY-1 year with at least eight months of internal medicine is required at an ACGME-accredited institution in the United States. The University of Maryland Internal Medicine Program provides excellent training through their Preliminary year program; more information about the curriculum can be found on the internal medicine residency page.
There are also multiple other training programs in the Baltimore area and elsewhere that would fulfill this requirement. Applicants are encouraged to explore all PGY-1 options to determine what setting is best for their individual needs.
Do you have an integrated PGY-1 year? Do I have to do separate applications?
If you would like to complete your Neurology and Preliminary Medicine training at Maryland, please submit 2 separate ERAS applications:
- One to the University of Maryland Neurology Program
- One to the Med-Prelim/Neurology Program
The Med-Prelim/Neurology Program is reserved for those matching to Neurology at the University of Maryland. If you are invited to interview with Neurology, you will meet with the Director of the Internal Medicine Preliminary Program for an informational session on your Neurology interview day. You do not need a formal interview with the Department of Medicine.
Residents participating in this coordinated experience may elect to participate in a one month neurology subspecialty clinic rotation during their PGY-1 year.
Are there any IMGs in your program?
Yes, some of our residents are IMGs. For more information about our current residents please visit our current residents website.
Are there any specific requirements for IMGs?
At the time of submitting your application, you should have a Valid ECFMG certificate, including successful completion of the CSA.
What visas are required for IMGs?
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) adheres to the standards and guidelines for the employment of non-immigrants as established by federal immigration laws and the U.S. Department of Labor. UMMC will hire only U.S. citizens and non-citizens that are authorized for employment. Non-immigrant alien residents or fellows must have a J-1 visa and ECFMG certificate in order to apply. H-1B visas are not considered appropriate visas for residents or fellows. More information for IMGs can be found on the UMMC Graduate Medical Education office website.
Is clinical experience in the United States required?
Prior clinical experience in the United States is viewed favorably. In select cases candidates can be accepted into the program without previous U.S. clinical training.
What USMLE scores do you require?
Although specific minimum USMLE scores are not required for the residency program, it is highly desirable to have USMLE scores over 210 for all applicants.
Is USMLE required for Osteopathic medical students?
A competitive score on the USMLE demonstrates a commitment to pursuing an allopathic residency program, and is looked upon favorably. In select cases, applicants will be invited to interview based on COMLEX scores only.