Welcome to BIDMC Neurology

How to Apply for Neurology Residency (and Internships)

Thank you for your interest in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Neurology Residency Training Program.

BIDMC Adult Neurology Residency Program:

We offer 8 adult Neurology positions each year. Our program is a 3-year ‘Advanced’ program, officially listed as the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School Program NRMP Code:  1256180A0

Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We prefer 3 letters of recommendation, all from people who know you well, especially in your clinical rotations. Letters from research advisers are also welcome (departmental or chair letters are not required).

All application material should be submitted through ERAS by September 15. The (final) deadline for completion of applications is November 1,

Preliminary Year in Internal Medicine:

Our Neurology residency program is ‘Advanced,’ i.e. a 3 year program, and applicants must apply separately for a one-year preliminary Medicine internship at BIDMC or elsewhere. Internships must include at least 8 months of Internal Medicine and no more than 2 months of Neurology rotations.

The Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers a superb and highly recommended Preliminary Internship in Medicine. The Neurology and Medicine departments co-operate in a “linked MedNeuro” match which offers internships preferentially to applicants who match with us in Neurology.

Applicants may also apply for the regular, independent (non-linked to Neurology) Preliminary Internship in Medicine at BIDMC, which can be done in preparation for any Neurology residency program. This option is highly competitive.

There is just a single application for the Preliminary Internship year at BIDMC for both the linked internship position and the independent (non-linked) internship.

The BIDMC internship year curriculum and activities are identical whether one enters via the ‘linked” application, or by an independent preliminary path, and it is the same as the first year of the 3-year ‘Categorical’ Internal Medicine residency. For more information and applications, please contact: http://www.bidmc.org/Medical-Education/Departments/Medicine/Residency-in-Internal-Medicine/What-We-Do/Internship.aspx

While the applications and interviews for the linked and independent BIDMC preliminary Medicine internships are the same, NRMP lists two separate programs for your match list: the “linked” internship available to those who match with BIDMC Neurology only (NRMP Code: 1256140P1), and the independent internship at BIDMC (NRMP Code: 1256140P0).

If you wish to do both your Medicine internship and Neurology residency at BIDMC, please be sure to apply to both Neurology and the Medicine internship.

We also offer an excellent Preliminary Internship at the (BIDMC- and Harvard Medical School-affiliated) Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, via the BIDMC-MtAuburn MedNeuro “linked” to our Neurology residency (NRMP Code 1269140P1). If you are interested in doing both Neurology residency and Medicine internship in Boston, please consider applying to that program at: http://www.mountauburnhospital.org/medical-education/internal-medicine-residency/. The application for the Mt Auburn internship is separate from that for BIDMC Medicine.

Summary NRMP Program Codes:

BIDMC Neurology Residency Program

1256180A0

BIDMC MedNeuro Linked Program

1256140P1

BIDMC Independent Medicine Internship

1256140P0

BIDMC Mt. Auburn MedNeuro Linked Program

1269140P1

On your match list, you may list any of these internship programs (BI, BIMedNeuro, MtAuburnMedNeuro) in order of your preference. Listing any such program does not influence the likelihood of being ranked in another.

Interviews for internships: (both BIDMC and Mt Auburn) will be arranged when the Neurology interviews are scheduled, often on the same day as Neurology interviews.

International Medical Graduates:

In addition to all the items requested in the ERAS application, we require that International Medical Graduates:

  • possess an ECFMG certificate by the time applications are reviewed,
  • have been active in the practice of medicine (either as a medical student, resident, or independent practitioner) within the last 2 years,
  • have passed USMLE steps 1 and 2 (CK), and
  • have at least 2 months of U.S. clinical experience with patient responsibility (usually in official clerkships in US medical schools; “observerships” are not considered US clinical experience) with letters of recommendation from those rotations.

Interview selection:

All applications are reviewed by the Program Director and Associate Program Director. Interviews are offered starting in late October and continuing throughout the interview season. Interviews will be scheduled from early November 2020 through the end of January 2021.  In the 2020-21 interview season, all interviews will be virtual via the Thalamus platform.

Contact Us:

For any additional questions about the residency, applications, or the interview process, please contact:

Ms. Ali Smith
Neurology Education Program Manager
Phone: 617-667-2268
Fax: 617-667-2987
asmith24@bidmc.harvard.edu

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