Frequently Asked Questions


What is your program application deadline?

Cedars-Sinai's Neurology Residency program receives hundreds of applications to fill our three annual openings, so it is in every applicant's best interest to apply as soon as the opportunity to do so opens Sept. 15 on Electronic Residency Application Service.  

All interviews are offered on first come, first served basis.


What are the minimum scores considered on the United States Medical Licensing Examination/Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination?

Decisions for inclusion in the Neurology Residency program at Cedars-Sinai are not based on minimum test scores.

Rather, we consider the complete application, including curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation and personal statement, as well as the applicant’s publications history and experience.


Do you accept international medical graduates into the Neurology Residency program at Cedars-Sinai?

Yes, we accept international graduates from medical schools that are recognized by Medical Board of California. A list of approved international medical schools is available on their website.

International medical graduates are required to have Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certification and a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) by the time of application, and if selected, must provide a recent PTAL before the training program starts.

It is important to note that PTALs are only valid for one year.


Do you sponsor United States H1B (specialty occupation) visas for neurology residency trainees?

No, Cedars-Sinai's Neurology Residency training program does not sponsor H-1B visas for trainees.

The Neurology Residency program does accept J-1 visas, which are for individuals approved in work-and-study-based exchange visitor programs.


Do you arrange interviews for the Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Internal Medicine Residency program at Cedars-Sinai?

Yes we do. We are now linked with PGY-1 Internal Medicine Preliminary Program. Interviews are typically scheduled on the same day with Neurology interviews. Applicant will still have to rank both programs. The program codes are:

Med-Prelim/Neurology (Preliminary)
NRMP Program Code: 1030140P1
ACGME Program Code: 1400511040

Neurology (Advanced)
NRMP Program Code: 1030180A0
ACGME Program Code: 1800521165


Where can I learn more about Cedars-Sinai’s mission, leadership and history?

For more than a century, Cedars-Sinai has been dedicated to excellence, compassion and innovation in patient care. Information about the institution and its history can be found in the About Us section of the website.