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Resident Selection Criteria

We are looking for residents with "that something special", as reflected by:

  • Intellectual curiosity and personal vigor as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement, research, and/or other enriching activities
  • Aptitude and motivation for the study of Neurology and the Neurosciences
  • Qualities indicative of dynamic and unselfish character
  • Skills in communication
  • Leadership abilities
  • Creativity as evidenced by research, writing, or avocational activities
  • Potential for enriching the lives of their contemporaries

In evaluating each resident candidate, we consider a wide variety of factors including evidence of academic excellence, participation in research and/or academic activities, the development of an area of interest in Neurology or the Neurosciences, evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills, and leadership in forming or participating in academic or community organizations.

Application Information

We offer eight first-year adult neurology training positions. All positions will be filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) using ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. Registration forms for the NRMP can be obtained from the National Resident Matching Program, 2450 N Street, Washington, DC 20037, (202) 828-0676 or at

We will begin to review applications and offer interview positions on September 1st.  We encourage all applicants to submit their application to the ERAS by November 1st.

We do not publish USMLE score requirements. Candidates are considered based upon a number of factors including USMLE scores, medical school performance, personal statement, letters of recommendation, research experience, extracurricular/professional activities, etc. We are looking for highly motivated, well-rounded individuals with excellent communication and leadership skills.


If you are interested in applying for a PGY-1 year in Internal Medicine as a prerequisite to Neurology residency training, application should also be made to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) using ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. Interviews for the PGY-1 year for candidates applying for Neurology Residency are scheduled by the Department of Neurology and coordinated to coincide with Neurology Residency interviews. The Emory Internal Medicine department offers a limited number of PGY-1 positions for applicants who match in the Emory Neurology Residency Program.


Applications will be reviewed in early fall. Interviews will take place on Fridays in November, December, and January. We encourage all invited applicants to attend a dinner with the residents, planned on the Thursday evening before the interview day. During the course of the interview day, applicants will meet with residents and members of the faculty and will tour both the Emory and Grady campuses. Those individuals interested in PGY-1 training will meet with a representative of the Department of Internal Medicine.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Completed NRMP application
  • USMLE Step I score; Step II score if available
  • Personal Interview

In addition, satisfactory completion of a clinical rotation in the US within the past year is desirable. Clinical or research experience in Neurology or the neurosciences is deemed particularly appropriate.

International Medical Graduates

IMG applicants are welcome to apply. We will work in cooperation with the GME office to make legal arrangements for an H-1 or J-1 visa if an IMG candidate is accepted into our training program. A valid ECFMG certificate is required to begin residency training. If you have not yet fulfilled the ECFMG requirements, it is important to indicate your plans to meet the requirements in your NRMP application.

In addition to the minimum requirements listed above, international medical graduates are required to submit a valid ECFMG certificate and successful completion of ECFMG Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) test for foreign medical graduates.

Georgia Medical Licensing Requirements

All residents and fellows training at Emory University are required to have a Training Permit by the first day of each training year. The Training Permit application may be obtained through Emory's Office of Graduate Medical Education, and the fee will be covered by the university. If a house staff member wishes to obtain an official GA Medical License issued by the GA Composite Board for the purpose of moonlighting, please refer to the composite state medical board website address, The fee for an official medical license will be paid by the applicant and will not be reimbursed by the university or by the Department of Neurology.

To learn more about the Emory Training Program policies, benefits, and University Affiliated Hospitals, please refer to Emory's Graduate Medical Education website at