1. How do I apply to your program?
Please apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and register for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The official name of our program is Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
2. Is there an application deadline?
Our application deadline is November 15, but we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.
3. Does my application have to be complete before I submit it through ERAS?
No. You can submit additional documents through ERAS when available.
4. How many letters of recommendation should I have?
We require three letters of recommendation, but you are welcome to submit four.
5. Do I have to submit a letter from a neurologist?
It is very helpful but not required to have a letter from a neurologist.
6. Do I have to provide a letter from a chairperson?
No. It is usually best if the letters you provide are from people who know you well and can speak about you in a knowledgeable manner.
7. Is research experience required to apply to your program?
No. Our residents have diverse clinical and academic interests, including basic and clinical research, medical education, global health, patient safety, diversity, and health equality. We are interested in applicants who demonstrate commitment to their passion within any realm of medicine.
8. Do I have to apply separately for a preliminary position?
Yes. Our program is Advanced, not Categorical, meaning that the neurology program is three-years in length. Residents complete a separate medicine preliminary year. We offer 17 guaranteed preliminary medicine positions (8 at BWH, 7 at MGH, and 2 at North Shore Medical Center). The NSMC positions are to accommodate international medical school graduates (IMGs). Applicants must apply separately to the preliminary medicine programs.
9. Can I interview for neurology and medicine during the same visit?
Interviews for the BWH and MGH Medicine programs occur during the same visit as the interview for our program. You will hear from our program regarding an interview prior to hearing from the BWH Medicine and MGH Medicine programs
10. Do you have a cut-off for year of graduation from medical school?
No. However, we strongly prefer applicants who have graduated from medical school within the past 5 years or have been continuously involved with clinical work.
11. Do you have minimum USMLE score requirements?
No. The USMLE performance is just one measure of an applicant’s potential.
12. Do you require USMLE for all candidates?
No. Canadian physicians and Doctors of Osteopathy who are eligible for licensure may substitute documentation of successful completion of LMCC/MCCQE and COMLEX examinations, respectively, in lieu of USMLE examinations.