Application Process

Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the Neurology Residency Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine.  We offer an accredited program steeped in educational excellence and exposure to all aspects of neurologic care and research. 

We offer five (5) neurology residency positions per year.  The residency is a four year categorical program that includes a PGY-1 year in internal medicine at Wake Forest.  As a categorical residency program, you can apply to our 4-year program and are not required to have a separate interview with the Department of Internal Medicine.  

We accept applications from the ERAS application service only.  Information is on their website  Each application must contain three letters of recommendation, in addition to the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (the Dean’s Letter), which will become available from your school through the ERAS system on November 1. The minimum USMLE score to be considered for an interview is generally a 195; however, in recent years the applicant pool has been very competitive with a higher USMLE score cutoff.  Based upon the strength of the overall application, some candidates with lower USMLE scores may be considered as well.  It is expected that applicants pass USMLE Step exams on the first attempt.  USMLE scores are required for all applicants. 

International medical graduates must hold a J-1 visa or have resident alien status and they must have a valid ECFMG certificate. In addition, international medical graduates must have some amount of clinical medical experience in the United States or Canada, preferably of at least a year, to be considered for an interview.  The applicant's date of graduation from medical school should not be more that six (6) years prior to the anticipated residency start date. 

While each application is reviewed, not all applicants are invited for an interview; the most competitive candidates will be invited for a formal interview. Applications will be reviewed as they become available in the ERAS system and candidates will be invited in the order they are received and reviewed. Since the Dean’s Letter is not available until November 1, it is not used to determine eligibility for interview.  Applicants are encouraged to complete applications as soon as possible since earlier invitations to interview will allow for greater flexibility in scheduling. Interviews are conducted on Mondays or Fridays and generally fall between mid-October and mid-December. 

Thank you again for your interest in our program.  If you have any specific questions not covered above, please feel free to contact Jolene McKenzie, Residency Program Coordinator or


Emily P. Pharr, M.D. 
Assistant Professor & Director, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic 
Director, Residency Training Program                            



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