Applicant Information

Thank you for your interest in our program. We know you have many options for training, and we appreciate you considering UCLA Neurology. The UCLA Department of Neurology Residency Program accepts applicants through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. Positions will be matched utilizing the NRMP.

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

The following are the required supporting application materials to the ERAS Common Application Form

  • USMLE Transcript (scores)
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Photograph (will only be viewed if selected to interview)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 minimum)
  • Dean’s Letter / MSPE

Application Review and Interviews

All applications undergo holistic review by program leadership.

Interview Process

  • Entirely Virtual (all meetings by Zoom)
  • Scheduled as half-days and are held on Mondays beginning in late October and running through late December
  • Interviews include: Department Chair, Program Director and Associate Program Directors, a Chief Resident and Neurology faculty
  • Sunday evening prior to interview day: Meet with Residents (learn about the program, ask questions, socialize)

Additional Webinars, Informational Sessions and Resident Meetings are scheduled throughout the interview season. Unfortunately, UCLA is not able to offer in-person ‘second look’ events for any of its’ residency programs per GME requirements.


A wide range of housing choices are available within a short commute. Residents are eligible to apply for university-sponsored housing, which includes options for married residents and those with children. All residents receive a $1000/month housing stipend above salary.

Local Neighborhoods

A few of the more popular neighborhoods that residents have chosen include Westwood, West LA, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Culver City, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. However residents have also chosen to live further away, including in the San Fernando Valley and the South Bay.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many positions do you have each year?
We match 9 positions every year.

Do you accept International Medical Graduates (IMG) into your program?
Yes. Applicants must have valid ECFMG Certificate. J-1 or H1B Visas can be supported.

Is there a cut-off for the year of graduation? 
No. We review all applications.

Do you require U.S. clinical experience?

How are USMLE scores used in your review process, and is there a minimum cutoff score?
USMLE scores are reviewed as part of the application process on a whole. There is no minimum cutoff score.

How many applicants are interviewed?
Approximately 75-85 per season.

How many letters of recommendations do you require?
Three to four letters are recommended.

Does UCLA have a preliminary or PGY1 program?

Yes, we have 9 available positions each year in the Preliminary Medicine/Neurology program offered at two of our locations: Olive View (3) and the West LA VA (6). You may learn more about the Olive View and West LA VA experiences. Neurology preliminary positions are reserved for applicants who match into UCLA's Neurology residency program. If interested in completing your preliminary year with UCLA, please do the following: 

  • Application: submit your application on ERAS to both the UCLA Neurology program and the UCLA Preliminary Medicine/Neurology Program
  • Interview: there is no separate interview for the Preliminary position. You will complete the interview process with the UCLA Neurology program
  • Ranking: rank UCLA for Neurology (PGY-2-4 / NRMP Code 1800521012), AND rank (in order of preference) UCLA for Preliminary Medicine/Neurology located at WLA VA  (PGY-1 / NRMP Code 1956140P1) AND Preliminary Medicine/ Neurology at Olive View Medical Center (PGY-1 / NRMP 2950140P2). 

Where do residents spend time on their clinical rotations?
Changes to our Block Schedule now give first year residents significantly more outpatient time than in prior years. This will allow for decompression from inpatient work, focus on the practice of outpatient care and career exploration with subspecialty exposure. The second and third year both include ample elective time along with significant care team leadership development.

Contact Information

UCLA Department of Neurology
Education Office Staff
Phone: 310-825-6681