Applicant Information- Adult Neurology


The UCSF Department of Neurology has ten PGY-1 Adult Neurology positions. Prerequisites for the Adult Neurology program include completion of eight months of the PGY-1 year (or more) of Internal Medicine. UCSF has eight to nine categorical positions available each year. It is not necessary to submit a separate application to the Department of Medicine for the categorical positions.

All applicants must be eligible for a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in California.

Please Note: All applicants must have a passing score on both the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step I and Step II (CS and CK) in order to be ranked in the above programs. Scores must be received and uploaded by February 20, 2020.

UCSF Eligibility, Recruitment, and Selection Policy

Applications to the Adult Neurology Residency Program should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). For information about registering, please visit their web site at, or call them at (866) 617-5834. UCSF applications or the Universal Application will not be accepted.

If you are a graduate of a foreign medical school, you must hold a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This is mandatory for appointment at this institution as well as for licensure in the State of California. You will be required to contact the ECFMG and arrange to take the USMLE. After you pass the examination, including the English test, you will be granted an ECFMG certificate. The address for the ECFMG is as follows: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates; 3624 Market St., 4th Floor; Philadelphia PA 19104-2685; USA. A PTAL is no longer required due to new Medical Board of California licensure effective January 1, 2020.



You should plan to include three to four letters of recommendation with your application from faculty who know you well and have worked with you. Your letters should include at least one from a neurology faculty member. If you are a PhD student, it is recommended one of the letters be from your PhD mentor.

When registering with ERAS and NRMP, please remember:

Categorical – programs that begin in the PGY–1 year and provide the training required for board certification in medical specialties. (UCSF Neurology has eight to nine Categorical positions available each year)
Advanced – programs that begin in the PGY–2 year after a year of prerequisite training. (UCSF Neurology has one to two positions Advanced positions available each year)
Preliminary – one-year programs beginning in the PGY–1 year that provide prerequisite training for advanced programs. (UCSF Internal Medicine does not offer Preliminary positions)

ERAS 2019 Applicant Dates to remember:

June 6, 2019 – MyERAS Web site opens to applicants
September 15, 2019 – Applicants may begin applying to ACGME accredited programs
October 1, 2019 – MSPEs are released to residency programs
October 15, 2019 – UCSF Applicant registration deadline

ERAS Web site:

NRMP 2019-2020 Applicant Dates to remember:

September 15, 2019 – Applicant registration begins
October 31, 2019 – UCSF Applicant registration deadline
February 26, 2020 – Rank order list certification deadline
March 20, 2020 – Match Day!

NRMP Web site:

Once your application is complete on ERAS and available to UCSF Neurology, it will be forwarded to the Neurology Residency Selection Committee Members for review. Applicants who are considered to be strong candidates for the UCSF Neurology Residency Training Program will be contacted to arrange for an in-person interview.

Estimated 2019-2020 interview dates for UCSF Neurology Residency:

Dec 5
Dec 12
Dec 19

Jan 9
Jan 16
Jan 23
Jan 30

Prior to the interview day, applicants are invited to our Wednesday afternoon didactic and Grand Rounds lectures after which they will have dinner with our residents. Thursday morning, the applicants will have an overview of our residency program followed by lunch and then interviews with our selection committee members. We estimate you will have completed all interviews by 6:30 pm on Thursday.

Common Questions:

  1. Minimum USMLE Scores – you must have a passing score
  2. US Clinical Experience Requirements – you must have completed a minimum of 4 months of evaluated clinical experience in the US
  3. Graduate Year Cutoff – you must have graduated from medical school within the last 5 years to be considered for an interview