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Program Overview

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How To Apply

The UNC Adult Neurology Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited, categorical, four-year program (PGY1-PGY4) and we are accepting seven residents per year. Applications are submitted through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system.

General Application Information

Neurology physicians and residents in the Neuroscience Hospital lobby.
NC Neuroscience Hospital lobby

We review our applications in a holistic manner, and do not have specific cut-offs for USMLE scores or grades. We also do not expect a Chair or Program Director letter as part of your Letters of Recommendations package. We would like to get to know you through your letters and your personal statement, and we will review all of your application materials with enthusiasm and interest.

The following items must be submitted to ERAS in order to schedule an interview:

  • Common Application Form via ERAS
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Dean’s Letter (MSPE)
  • Letters of Reference (a minimum of three)
  • Official Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE Transcripts or COMLEX Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph (optional, but preferred)


For the 2020 – 2021 academic season, we will offer virtual interviews via Zoom on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays starting either at 9 am – 12 pm ET or 1 – 4 pm ET to accommodate candidates from different time zones. The specific dates and times are as follows:

  • Monday, November 2:  9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Friday, November 6:  9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Monday, November 9: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Friday, November 13:  1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Monday, November 16:  9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 1:  1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Friday, December 4:  9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Monday, December 14:  9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 12:  1:00pm – 4:00pm

Our Program Directors and Coordinator

Questions regarding the application and interview process as well as general program questions may be directed to the Program Director – Dr. Nina M. Browner, the Assistant Program Director – Dr. Winnie Lau, or the Residency and Fellowship Coordinator – Sharon Ward. Email them at: .

Nina Browner, MD
Nina Browner, MD
Winnie Lau, MD
Winnie Lau, MD
Sharon Ward
Sharon Ward

Frequently Asked Questions

We will be offering seven categorical positions for Adult Neurology.

We do not have a minimum USMLE board score cut-off requirement for interviews, but applicants who score below the mean or require repeated attempts to pass any exam are generally not competitive.

No, the certificate is not due until the time of rank list submission (February).

  • We welcome applications from international medical graduates.
  • We do not have a minimum USMLE board score cut-off requirement for interviews, but applicants who score below the mean or require repeated attempts to pass any exam are generally not competitive.
  • We do not have a cut-off for year of graduation from medical school, but applicants who have had a significant time away from clinical duties are generally less competitive.
  • Prior clinical experience in the United States is extremely advantageous.
  • We do not offer observerships through the Residency Program.
  • As with the policy required by the NRMP, all positions are filled via the NRMP. We do not offer pre-match contracts.
  • All international medical graduates must be certified by the ECFMG in order to be ranked, but not prior to applying.
  • UNC-CH sponsors only J-1 visas for residents. More information regarding J-1 visas can be found on the ECFMG website.

No, Step 2 scores are not due until the time of rank list submission (February).

Yes, our GME office sponsors J-1 visas.


GME Benefits and Salaries can be found here.

Departmental Benefits include: annual $300 book fund, additional $1500 for travel during senior year, additional travel for presentations at conferences, annual AAN Memberships, medical license renewal fees, and one-time board exam registration and fees.