Department of Neurology

Application Information

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Pediatric Residency Program.

The UW Neurology Department is committed to recruiting, training and promoting a diverse community of scholars. We welcome diverse individuals and are committed to including residents and faculty of diverse race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity and inclusion are crucial components in providing both excellent patient care and an excellent learning environment.

As ours is a five-year categorical program (which includes two years of training in general pediatrics), individuals generally apply during their final year of medical school. For information about the Pediatrics Residency Training Program, please go to their web site at:
UW Pediatric Residency Training Program (

The University of Washington Pediatric Neurology Residency Program has three training positions per year. These positions will be filled in the March match via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants do not need to apply separately to the University of Washington pediatrics program.

Invitations to interview with our faculty will be given only to applicants who, in our opinion, have a reasonable chance of matching into our program. An invitation can be extended only after we have reviewed your complete ERAS application. After reviewing these materials, we will let you know via ERAS if you are being invited to interview. Interviews will be held on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays in November and December. In 2022-2023, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be conducted remotely. The interview day will include an overview of the program by the Program Director, interviews with faculty members via Zoom, Zoom chat rooms with current residents, and the opportunity to attend the Neurology Resident Conference or Neurology Grand Rounds.

Required Documents

The following items are required as part of your ERAS application:

  • Personal Statement: Please submit a brief personal statement telling us something about yourself, your interest in neurology, your plans for residency training, and your career goals in neurology.
  • Medical School Transcript: Ask your medical school to provide an official copy of your transcript.
  • Dean’s Letter: Ask your medical school to provide a copy of your Dean’s letter.
  • Letters of Recommendation: In addition to the Dean’s letter please request at least three letters of recommendation from members of the School of Medicine faculty of your medical school or from schools where you have taken electives. Ideally, one of the letters will be from a neurologist with whom you have worked.
  • USMLE Transcripts*: Please have your USMLE scores made a part of your ERAS application, request that the transcript be submitted to the ERAS Post Office.

*Please note that there are no minimum score requirements for these exams.

Criteria for International Medical Graduates

The University of Washington Neurology Residency Program will accept applications from International Medical Graduates only if they meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must:
    a. Submit all documents listed above for PGY-1 applicants (and)
    b. IF REQUIRING H-1B VISA SPONSORSHIP ONLY -Have passed all four (4) of the USMLE boards on their first try prior to February 1 in the year in which they intend to start training in order to be confirmed eligible for H-1B visa sponsorship prior to rank list submission. 
  • The applicant must apply through the ECFMG ERAS program. Applications must be received by the ERAS Post Office no later than December 31. To maximize your chance of being selected to interview we highly recommend you submit your application by October 21.

International Medical School Graduate applicants must have graduated within the last 2 years and have at least 2 months of inpatient direct patient care experience in the U.S. or Canadian Health Care Systems during that time. Clinical experience is regarded as having direct patient care responsibilities on a medicine service (including medicine subspecialties and neurology). Shadowing or observation shifts (including externships) do not count towards this component.


The UW Pediatric Neurology Residency Program accepts foreign national physicians who meet UW Eligibility and Selection requirements into its accredited residency program. Foreign nationals requiring visa sponsorship must obtain a J-1 visa sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The UW does not generally provide H-1B sponsorship for residents or fellows in its clinical training programs unless the resident/fellow is otherwise ineligible for a J-1 visa. Requests for H-1B visa sponsorship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to approval by the UW GME Office and the UW Provost’s Office. Please refer to UW Medicine Graduate Medical Education Policies and Procedures for more detail.

Thank you again for your interest in our program. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application.