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Application and Selection

The Neurology residency program uses both objective and subjective criteria to select applicants.  Although USMLE scores do form a component of the selection process, we do not consider it to be the only or the most important factor and take the entire application and interview in account.

The application process meets all requirements of the Equal Employment Opportunity and the Americans with Disability Acts and does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran’s status.

We support both H1b and J1 VISA.

Applications – How to Apply

Applications from eligible candidates are accepted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Only applications that are submitted online are reviewed and considered.

We offer 4 categorical positions every year. Candidates matching with us (PGY2-4) are guaranteed PGY1 position at UAMS. A separate application to Internal Medicine is NOT required.

ACGME program code: 1800421007

The applicant must meet one of the following qualifications:

    • Graduate from a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
    • Graduate from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States or Canada accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
    • Graduate from a medical school outside the United States who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school
    • A graduate who holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction
    • Graduate of a medical school outside the United States or Canada with the following qualifications:
        • Graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
        • A currently valid certificate from the Education Committee for Foreign Medical  Graduates (ECFMG)
        • Be eligible to receive a license in the State of Arkansas in compliance with Arkansas State Medical Board regulations
        • The ability to reside continuously in the U.S. for the length of training
    • Graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States or Canada accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
    • Graduate of medical school outside the United States who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school
    • Be eligible to receive a license in the State of Arkansas in compliance with Arkansas State Medical Board regulations

Selection Process

Applications are downloaded from ERAS and reviewed for eligibility and completion by the program coordinator. The following information must be received before the application will be considered and before an applicant is invited for an interview:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE scores
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s letter or MSPQ
  • Personal statement

Once an applicant has been found to meet minimal selection criteria, the program coordinator contacts him/her by e-mail or telephone to schedule an interview.

Interview

You will have the opportunity to meet the residents on a pre-interview dinner. The place of dinner is usually a popular restaurant in downtown/Riverdale area and is decided by the residents. The recommended attire is casual.

On the day of the interview, after an introduction by the Program Director, you will meet five different faculty members:

R. Lee Archer, MD – Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Neurology

Kinshuk Sahaya, MD – Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology; Residency Program Director

Walter S. Metzer, MD – Professor, Department of Neurology

Tuhin Virman, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Neil Masangkay, MD – Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Candidates also get to attend a didactic conference (with Lunch) and a tour of the UAMS/VA facilities. Of course, the lunch and the tour provide them further opportunities to meet with our residents. The recommended attire is international business. A representative interview schedule can be accessed here: Sample Interview Itinerary

While we strongly recommend that the candidates join us for the entire interview day, we also understand the logistical difficulties that they may face. In such a case, they may be excused from the facility tour, to facilitate an early departure.  On the other hand, if you have the time, we would encourage you to explore the city and might be able to give some suggestions of places to visit nearby.

Appointment/Registration

Candidates to the residency training program who match through ERAS are required to assume their clinical duties on July 1st. Their appointment in our program cannot be guaranteed should they fail to do so for any reason.