FAQ

Why should I choose this program?
The Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center (MSVMC) Neurology Resident Program will prepare Residents to be competent and confident Neurologist ready to practice on their own upon graduation. The Faculty is dedicated to education and providing the Residents with necessary support to excel in the Neurology field. In addition, the Resident will receive extensive community Neurology experience to prepare the Resident to treat a variety of neurological diseases that the Resident may encounter in practice. The Graduate Medical Education (GME) office is supportive to the education mission and training of future physicians and specialists including Neurologists. Lastly, MSVMC has one of five (in the country) Mobile Stroke Units which is used 24/7 and a Neuro Endovascular Fellowship Program with three interventional neurologists

Do you lose out by being at a community hospital as opposed to a University hospital?
On the contrary, this means the Resident will have a greater opportunity to become an excellent clinician and be trained by clinicians with wealth of experience in every day practice. Furthermore, the Resident will encounter a variety of cases in a community setting than only quaternary level cases and will still have an ample opportunity to be involved in clinical research depending on the Residents level of interest.

How about didactics?
The core of the program is the commitment to provide a comprehensive review of neurological diseases through didactic lectures by experts in the Neurology field. Didactic lectures are managed by the Associate Program Director. The respective Residents must attend 70% of all didactic lectures as a graduation requirement.

How is moonlighting perceived?
Moonlighting is strongly discouraged.

How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our application process will begin January 30th, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

What are the application requirements?
We require a Medical School Dean’s Letter and transcript, and three letters of recommendations. In addition, USMLE scores, curriculum vitae, and a personal statement are required. Once your application is complete, it is reviewed by our Resident Selection Committee, and selected applicants will be invited for an interview.  We review all applications for qualified individuals.

Do you accept International Medical Graduates?
Yes.

Are there additional requirements for International Medical Graduates?
IMG’s must have a valid ECFMG certificate by match date. The above requirements also apply. Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center has a very diverse medical staff. We pride ourselves on our Graduate Medical Education department, and staff our residencies with physicians from all areas and many different cultures.

Clinical Experience
US Clinical Experience is not required, but is preferred.  Research experience is helpful but not required.

VISA
The institution will sponsor H-1B VISAs to exceptional candidates on a very limited basis, and we offer J-1 VISA.

USMLE Scores
We prefer that you pass USMLE Step One and Two on your first attempt.

Do you offer pre-match positions?
No. All positions are filled through the match process.

What is the schedule for an interview day?
Our interview day begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m. Applicants will meet with our Academic Coordinator and discuss the benefits of joining with Mercy Health for their Neurology Residency. They will then meet individually with a panel of faculty and a current Mercy Health resident for their interview. This will be followed by an individual meeting with the Neurology Program Director and Associate Program Director. We will then tour our facilities as a group with either a resident or faculty member. When the tour is complete, applicants will be provided lunch with residents and faculty. Once the interview season is completed, applicants are ranked with NRMP and the MATCH that occurs annually in March.

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