application information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I apply to your program?
A. Please, apply through ERAS and register for the NRMP. The official name of our program is Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Child Neurology Program.

Q. Do I have to apply on September 15?
A. No. We begin to receive applications from ERAS and the review process by Sept 15th but you can apply later. The applications review is ongoing but we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

Q. When is your application deadline?
A. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by October 1. Applying by October 1 will give applicants the best chances of receiving an interview.

Q. Does my application have to be complete before I submit it through ERAS?
A. No. We download documents through the ERAS post office multiple times each day and you can submit additional documents when available.

Q. How many letters of recommendation should I have?
A. We require 3 letters of recommendation. You are welcome to submit as many letters as ERAS allows you to upload. We will review all letters provided.

Q. Do I have to submit a letter from a Neurologist?
A. It is very helpful to have a letter from a Neurologist.

Q. Do I have to provide a letter from a chair person?
A. No. We ask that the letters you provide are from people who know you well and can speak about you in a knowledgeable manner.

Q. Is research experience required to apply to your program?
A. No. We have many MD, PhDs in our program, as well as other residents with significant research experiences. We also have residents who are more clinically-oriented. Our residents have diverse academic interests and this provides for a balanced residency program.

Q. Do I have to apply separately for a preliminary position?
A. Yes. Applicants have to apply separately to preliminary Pediatric programs. But if selected to interview with us, we guarantee your interview for the Pediatric program at MGHfC. You are not required to apply for Pediatrics at our hospital. We understand this is not always possible for personal reasons and your decision will not affect your standing in Child Neurology.

Q. Can I interview for Child Neurology and Pediatrics during the same visit?
A. Yes. We make arrangements for you to interview with Neurology and with the Pediatric program at MGHfC during the same visit to help you save on travel. Applicants will not hear from Pediatrics separately.

Q. Do you usually accept foreign medical graduates?
A. Yes. The number of foreign graduates in the program at any given time varies and completely depends on the quality of the applicants and the match.

Q. Do you have a cut-off for year of graduation from medical school?
A. No, however, we strongly prefer applicants who are within 5 years of graduation from medical school or who have been continuously involved with clinical work.

Q. Do you have minimum USMLE score requirements?
A. No, however, our program is extremely competitive and the majority of our residents receive very high scores. We will not consider applicants who have a failed attempt.

Q. Do you require US clinical experience?
A. No, however, it is very helpful to have it and we prefer applicants with US clinical experience. Observerships, while helpful and potentially productive, are not considered clinical experience.

Q. Do I have to be ECFMG certified to apply to your program?
A. You must be ECFMG certified when aplying but we might reveiw your application if you expect to be certified soon. You must be certified to be considered for ranking.

Q. Do you provide visas for foreign medical graduates?
A. Yes, we provide both J1 and H1B visas for applicants who match with us. The visa type depends on the individual resident's situation. Applicants usually continue on the type of visa they held during internship (provided to them by the Pediatric department either at our hospital or at outside institutions). Partners has an International Office, which handles visas and you are not required to retain a lawyer.


If you have additional, unanswered questions, please contact the Program Administrator, Ginny Tosney-Trask,