Division of Neurology

Residency Program FAQs

Can I send a "Universal Application for Residency"?

No. The only applications we review are those that are submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service, also known as ERAS. Learn more about ERAS here.

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When is your deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications is December 1.

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How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?

We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation.

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Do you require a letter from the Chair of Pediatrics at my school?

We do not require a Chair's letter as we realize that many students are not well-known to the Chair. We prefer letters from physicians who know the applicants and their work.

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Do all of my letters of recommendation need to be from pediatricians?

We would like letters from individuals who know you well and are in a position to comment on your skills, abilities, accomplishments and suitability for a residency position.

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Is there a maximum number of letters of recommendation you will accept?

We accept letters of recommendation through ERAS. In recent years, ERAS has accepted a maximum of four letters. We will review and consider any letter of recommendation that comes to us through ERAS.

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How will I be notified if I am offered an interview?

All communication with applicants is via e-mail. We review applications on a rolling basis. We will review an application once we receive the ERAS application form and personal statement, medical school transcript and USMLE or COMLEX scores.

Once our Selection Committee reviews your application, you will be notified of the status. The possibilities are: an offer of an interview, a denial of an interview, or being placed in a holding category until we receive the Medical Student Performance Evaluation/Dean's Letter that is transmitted to programs by ERAS beginning on October 1.

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When should I call to schedule an interview?

You should respond by e-mail to the interview offer that will come from the Program. E-mail is the preferred method of arranging interviews, as it provides a record of the arrangements.

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When are interviews held?

We do residency interviews from early November to mid-January. We interview on Wednesdays. We generally do not interview during the last weeks of November, December and the first week of January.

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How are interview dates assigned?

Typically, five to six potential interview dates are included in the offer of an interview e-mail. You will be asked to provide, in rank order, three of the offered dates that work for you. Once your e-mail is reviewed, you will be assigned to one of those dates. You will receive a confirmation e-mail verifying the date and providing details about the schedule, the location and other instructions needed by applicants coming to interview.

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What should I expect during my interview?

Neurology interviews begin with an informal dinner with our current residents (6:00 PM the evening before your interview). Dinner with the neurology residents is extremely helpful, but not essential. The interview day begins with a continental breakfast at 7:30 AM, includes, and ends around 5 PM.

Neurology interviews are scheduled on Wednesdays. Pediatric interviews are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You are welcome to interview with us on any day that fits your schedule, but it usually works best if you schedule pediatrics and neurology interviews on consecutive days.

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Where do residents live?

Residents must live within an easy 30 minute commute of the hospital. Most single residents live in Center City Philadelphia, which is a safe, affordable area within walking distance of CHOP. Center City is also home to excellent restaurants and shopping.
Residents with young children often live in the suburbs where there exist plenty of affordable housing, excellent public schools and an easy commute.

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