How to Apply

We seek applicants who have excelled and have consistently demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment in their endeavors.

Our program is composed of people who take on challenges. For some applicants, challenge comes from their own life, and consists of supporting themselves, their family, or their community. Other applicants have found new endeavors to challenge themselves. In your personal statement, please let us know about these experiences that have shaped you.

The University of Pennsylvania is committed to the principles of inclusion and diversity. We provide a welcoming and affirming environment for our LGBTQI patients and trainees. Our program and our department will be most effective when our own diversity reflects that of the patients we serve. We invite applications from people who have traditionally been under-represented in medicine, and especially from applicants from racial or ethnic groups for whom this under-representation is most pronounced.

We value diverse experiences and interests, including basic, clinical, or translational research, global health/healthcare disparities, medical education, patient safety and quality improvement.  Every application is evaluated as a whole, including grades, activities, and letters of recommendation.

Application Requirements

Standard ERAS application requirements:

  • Personal statement and CV
  • Medical school performance evaluation (Dean’s letter) & Medical School Transcript
  • Photograph
  • USMLE Step 1 and 2 scores (a passing score on the first attempt required)
  • Three letters of recommendation, of which one should be from Neurology. A fourth letter from Internal Medicine is encouraged, but not required.
Foreign medical graduates:
  • Valid ECFMG certificate
  • Must successfully pass the ECFMG Clinical Skills Assessment test (CSA)
  • Recent U.S. clinical experience (at least 3 months experience within the past 2 years)
  • We will support either J1 or H1B visas

Submitting your application

Applications are accepted via the AAMC ERAS system.
Program ACGME ID is 1804121102

We have 14 adult neurology residency positions. All 14 positions include the offer of a guaranteed preliminary medicine internship within the University of Pennsylvania Health system. We offer 10 “categorical” positions, and 4 “advanced” positions:

  • Four-year Categorical program:
  • Internship in the Department of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).
  • Following your internship you would complete three years of neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • There is no separate interview process or application for the preliminary internship at HUP.
  • Three-year Advanced program:
  • You have the option of selecting a guaranteed preliminary medicine year in the Department of Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH)
  • There is no separate application or interview process for the PAH position.
  • You may also choose to complete your prelim year outside of the University of Pennsylvania Health system. The HUP internship is not available for those who match to an Advanced position. We do not accept transitional internships.
  • Following your internship you would complete three years of neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
You will find additional information on how to place Penn on your rank list on this page.

Interview selection

All applications are reviewed by the Program Director and Associate Program Directors holistically. Interviews are offered starting in October. Interviews will be scheduled during November and December. See the Planning Your Interview Visit page for more information.

For further questions

For further questions or requests about your application, please contact:

Vanna Hing
(215) 662-3370