Neurology

Neurology Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in Tufts Medical Center Neurology Residency and Fellowship Training Programs. This is a wonderful time to be going into our field and there are vast opportunities available for residents completing our program. Whether one chooses an academic, community or laboratory investigative career, we strive during your three brief years of neurology residency training to provide the clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be a world-class neurologist prepared for the career of your choice. 

All future success follows from a firm grounding in clinical work and the ability to think like a neurologist. Our neurology residency and fellowship programs stand out because of highly committed bedside teaching and a regular schedule of formal rounds that allow for the transmission of experiential knowledge that cannot be acquired from published sources. We pride ourselves on our professional and mature residents and continue to feel close and loyal to them well beyond their years with us in Boston. It is evident when we encounter a graduate of the program at a national meeting that we have met our goal of turning out master clinicians. 

We, and the over 40 full-time academic faculty of Tufts MC Neurology have built the program around training and, as our residents and graduates can attest, they are always genuinely dedicated to the house staff and their professional education. We look forward to hearing about your interest in neurology as a career and hope that Tufts will be the program that best suits your views and goals. 

Joshua Kornbluth, MD is a neurologist at Tufts Medical Center.Joshua Kornbluth, MD
Medical Director, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit 
Program Director, Neurology Residency and Neurocritical Care Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Training superior clinical neurologists

The mission of the Tufts Neurology Residency Training Program is to train superior clinical neurologists. It is our intention to train individuals who will succeed in their professional lives, in any endeavor that they will choose: patient care, research or teaching. We provide this training within a collegial atmosphere of mutual respect, maintaining a constant focus on the well-being of our patients. 

We are able to do so because of the strengths of our more than 40 faculty members in our two institutions:Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Lahey Health. These physicians have diverse sub-specialty interests and skills, but they all share a desire to provide in-depth and personal training with a unified philosophy regarding the value of clinical medicine. We focus on developing neurology clinical skills throughout all the 3 years of neurology residency with a balance bedside teaching and formal lectures, nurturing graduated autonomy throughout your training.  

The location of our institutions and the reputation of our staff allow for resident exposure to the full spectrum of neurologic problems. Our residents gain extensive experience in community neurology and in outpatient clinical settings while continuing to receive ample exposure to our traditional strengths of tertiary care and neurologic intensive care. 

 

Our program is ACGME-accredited and offers 6 to 7 positions through the NRMP (“The Match”). We may offer 1-2 of those positions for highly qualified candidates with government sponsorship, typically through the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM).  

PGY-1 Preliminary Medicine Year 

Neurology residency program offers the option for our residents to complete their preliminary medicine year with us at Beth Israel Lahey Health. These positions do not require a separate interview, though you must apply for the preliminary programs in the match, and it must be ranked on the supplemental drop-down list on NRMP (#3130140P1 Med-Prelim/Neurology - Tufts Lahey Clinic-MA). View the preliminary medicine training programs at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

PGY-2 Year: First Year Neurology Residency

The goal of the PGY-2 year is to develop strong clinical skills that will be the support for further learning and refining of neurological skills. Resident will have exposure to a broad spectrum of neurological disease with both common and uncommon presentations. Our program offers a robust curriculum in which our residents are exposed early to inpatient and acute care neurology to build a solid foundation in clinical examination, pattern recognition, diagnosis and management. Our residents rotate through two sites during the PGY-2 year: Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Lahey Health.  

At Tufts Medical Center, residents spend time on the neurology inpatient service, night float, and outpatient rotations. The exposure to both typical and atypical presentations of neurologic conditions is made even more interesting by a weekly live patient conferences led by Dr. Thomas Sabin at Tufts MC and by Dr. Gross at Lahey Hospital. Residents also rotate through the Neely Neuroscience Critical Care Unit where they are exposed to complex and critically ill neurological and neurosurgical patients. At Beth Israel Lahey Health, residents rotate through the inpatient, consult and night float rotations. The ward and consult services consist of a senior and junior resident that work together.  

During PGY-2 year residents will have 9 weeks of continuity clinic, with a 5+1 system and additional 4-5 weeks of elective rotation. They will have opportunity to rotate in outpatient clinic and gain exposure to different neurology subspecialties.  

Time spent on various rotations varies slightly year to year depending on the total number of residents. A typical schedule includes the following 

PGY 2 breakdown of schedule
 

PGY-3 Year 

During the PGY-3 year residents will expand their knowledge in neurology with increasing time spent in outpatient and elective rotations and at the same time will apply the knowledge learned during their first year by transitioning in to a leading role in the consult service. 

This year includes main rotation in neurophysiology with 4 weeks of dedicated EEG rotation and 4 weeks of Neuromuscular Medicine/EMG rotation. In addition the residents will have 8 weeks of elective rotation where they will be able to further broaden their knowledge in neurology and at the same time explore possible future career and fellowship plan. They will have the opportunity to lead the consult team at Lahey and supervise not only junior residents but also other residents that rotate on our service such as anesthesia and internal medicine residents. At the end of the year, the PGY-3 residents will step up to more senior role and will serve as senior resident on the ward services at Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Lahey Heatlh. 

They will continue to have 8-9 weeks of continuity clinic with a 5+1 system as well as 4 weeks of vacation. During this year the residents with rotate on the pediatric neurology department with both outpatient and inpatient’s responsibility.  

Breakdown of responsibilities PGY 3

PGY-4 Year  

The PGY-4 year gives residents the opportunity to broaden their clinical experience with elective rotations as well as consolidate and own their clinical skills while overseeing the ward services at Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Lahey Health. This year prepares our residents to perform as independent neurologists with strong leadership skills; the senior resident will be responsible for the inpatient service under the supervision and support of the attending physician. In addition, they will complete the required rotation in pediatric neurology and psychiatry.   

This is in addition to 8-9 weeks of continuity clinic and 4 weeks of vacation. There is an additional 8-9 weeks dedicated to elective time to dedicate to refine their clinical skills and complete research projects.  

PGY 4 Neurology Residency

Continuity Clinic 

Our program has moved from the half-day per week continuity clinic model to Ambulatory weeks with a 5+1 schedule. Continuity clinic is scheduled on 3 days, constituting 5 continuity clinic sessions (3 morning and 2 afternoon sessions/week). In the 2 other days the residents are scheduled for sub-specialty neurology clinics. This model is being adopted by many programs for its proven effect in improving residents’ education. We have adopted the use of Telehealth visits for select patients at both Tufts MC and BI-Lahey Health.  

Electives 

Elective rotations are available at our institutions in all major neurologic subspecialties as well as related medical, surgical, and radiologic fields. In addition, elective time can be spent on clinical or basic research projects. 

Call Schedule 

Our program implements a night float system, which promotes good sleep hygiene, decreases burnout and complies with work hours under ACGME rules. Night coverage takes place at Tufts Medical Center and at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.
A 24-hour traditional call is still in place on Friday, covered almost exclusively by the NCCU resident at Tufts, in order to maximize continuity of care. Similarly, weekend shifts from 7 am to 7 pm are typically covered by the junior ward residents, with each resident covering two weekends and having two free weekends over a four week period.

Ward senior resident at Tufts Medical Center takes home call and round on the weekends with the junior resident and attending for two weekends of each four-week period. 

Teaching 

As part of our dedication to clinical neurology education, emphasis is placed on the teaching role of the resident. The ward and consult services typically have two to four medical students who derive the bulk of their clinical neurology knowledge from teaching provided by our residents. More formal teaching opportunities are also available, including the instruction of small groups of second year medical students during their neuroscience course each fall. 

Academic Half Day 

Emerging from our perception of residents’ education, we have instituted an Academic Half Day every Friday afternoon from 1-5pm. This is a protected educational time for all the residents, during which all our residents will meet on one or our 2 sites (Tufts Medical Center or Lahey Clinic & Hospital). Conferences are based on a yearlong curriculum, composed 4 hours of weekly interactive educational experience, shared between faculty lectures, residents run teaching sessions, board review question, case-based education with evidence-based practice topics and clinical simulation sessions.  
In addition to the Friday Academic Half Day, we have a resident oriented daily lecture scheduled on both sites, which includes:   
  • Morning Reports by the Night Float resident 2 times per week. 
  • Neuroscience Ground Rounds once weekly. 
  • Weekly Neurophysiology Lectures.  
  • Clinical Pathology Cases conferences. 
  • Professor Rounds: During which the floor team selects an interesting case to present to Dr. Sabin or Dr Gross and enjoy quality time of diagnostic approach education.  
  • Neuroradiology Conferences.  
  • Neuro-Oncology Conferences. 

Journal Club

In addition to our weekly didactics we instituted monthly gathering where one of our faculty members will host a journal club at his/her place. This has shown to be a great experience for learning and socializing outside the work environment with great quality topics discussed, amazing food provided by the faculty and invaluable time spent together to relax. Unfortunately, this has been on hold due to the COVID pandemic.  

David E. Thaler, MD, PhD, FAHA
Chairman, Department of Neurology
Associate Professor of Neurology
Director, the Comprehensive Stroke Center
617-636-5854

Thomas D. Sabin, MD
Vice-Chairman, Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology
617-636-7592

Joshua Kornbluth, MD
Medical Director, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit
Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
617-636-4948

Emiliya Melkumova, MD
Director of  Stroke Consult Services
 Associate Director of Neurology Residency
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine
617-636-4948

Lahey Clinic and Hospital Leadership

Jayashri Srinivasan, MD, PhD, FACP
Chair, Department of Neurology
Associate Professor of Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Lahey Clinic & Medical Center
41 Mall Rd. – Dept. of Neurology
Burlington, MA 01803
781-744-8630

Doreen T. Ho, MD
Lahey Clinic & Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Associate Program Director
41 Mall Rd. – Dept. of Neurology
Burlington, MA 01803
781-744-8630

Joseph D. Burns, MD
Lahey Clinic & Medical Center
Associated Program Director
Associate Professor of Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine
41 Mall Rd. – Dept. of Neurology
Burlington, MA 01803
781-744-1270

PGY- 4

Dr. Mazzola is a neurology resident at Tufts MCMaria Mazzola, MD, Chief Resident
Medical School: Universita' degli Studi di Palermo
Internship: Lahey Clinic

 

 

 

 

Dr. Monigan is a neurology resident at Tufts MCCatherine Monigan, DO, Chief Resident
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Lahey Clinic

 

 

 

Dr. Alharbi is a neurology residentYara Alharbi, MD
Medical School: Umm Al-Qura University Faculty of Medicine
Internship: Robert Wood

 

 

 

Dr. Alnasser is a neurology resident at Tufts MCOsamah Alnasser, MD
Medical School: King Saud University, Riyadh College of Medicine
Internship: St. John's Hospital

 

 

 

Dr.DarlaLincoln Darla, MD
Medical School: St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Internship: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Bronx, New York

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ghaffari is a neurology resident at Tufts MCLeila Ghaffari, DO
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center



 

 

Dr. Weng is a neurology resident at Tufts MCAshley Weng, MD
Medical School: Rutgers Medical School
Internship: Lahey Clinic

 

 

 

PGY-3

 

Dylan Jones, MDDylan Jones, MD
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Internship: Lahey Clinic

 

 

 

Fatemeh Khadjevand, MDFatemeh Khadjevand, MD
Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences 
Internship: Lahey Clinic


 

 

Martineau Louine, MDMartineau Louine, MD
Medical School: Université d'Etat d'Haïti Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie
Internship: Lahey Clinic

 

 

 

Lisa Scott, MDLisa Scott, MD
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Internship: Lahey Clinic

 

 


Yakov Shaulov, MDYakov Shaulov, MD
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Internship: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


 

 


Peter Tatum, DOPeter Tatum, DO
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Rowan Inspira Health Network

 

 


Nefize Turan, MDNefize Turan, MD
Medical School: Marmara Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi
Internship: St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

 

 

PGY-2

Mustafa Al Gburi, MDMustafa Al Gburi, MD
Medical School: University of Baghdad College of Medicine
Internship: Lahey Clinic

 

 



Omniyah-AlqassabOmniyah Alqassab, MD
Medical School: Arabian Gulf University College of Medicine
Internship: University of Maryland 

 




Valeria Hutchinson, MDValeria Ariza Hutchinson, MD
Medical School: Universidad del Norte Programa de Medicina 
Internship: Lahey Clinic

 

 




Maria Gabriela Bartkus, MDMaria Gabriela Bartkus, MD
Medical School: Universidad de Guyayaquil Facultad de Ciencias Medicas 
Internship: Steward Carney Hospital 


 

 


Manizhe Eslami-Amirabadi, MDManizhe Eslami-Amirabadi, MD
Medical School: Shaheed Sadooghi University of Medical Sciences & Health Services
Internship: St. Agnes Medical Center (Fresno)

 

 



Takahisa Mikami, MDTakahisa Mikami, MD
Medical School: Tokyo Medical and Dental University Faculty of Medicine
Internship: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Elmhurst)

Our Neurology team is always looking for ways to improve medicine. Right now, our researchers are studying neuromuscular diseases, stroke, and fatigue in patients with high grade glioma. To view all of our on going research, visit our webpage.

2019

Anas Alamri, MD
Medical School: King Saud University, Riyadh College of Medicine
Internship: University of Maryland
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Epilepsy at Stanford Healthcare, Palo Alto, CA

Mohammed Al Dulaimi, MD
Medical School: University of Baghdad College of Medicine
Internship: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Vascular Neurology at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Mohamed Ridha, MD
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Internship: Lahey Clinic
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Vascular Neurology at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Jose Rodrigues-Moreno, MD
Medical School: Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí Facultad de Medicina
Internship: Lahey Clinic
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Neuromuscular Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Avinash Sagi, MD
Medical School: Kakatiya Medical College
Internship: Berkshire Medical Center
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Sonali Sharma, MD
Medical School: USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Internship: Lahey Clinic
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL

2018

Adeeb Al-Rizaiza, MD
Medical School: University of Dammam College of Medicine
Internship: University of Toledo
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: University of California, San Diego (Clinical Neurophysiology)

Alexandra Filippakis, DO
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital (Multiple Sclerosis)

Mam Ibraheem, MD, MPH
Medical School: University of Baghdad, College of Medicine
Internship: Lahey Clinic
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Assistant Professor: University of Kentucky (General Neurology)

Jayesh Patel, DO
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Lahey Clinic
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Washington (Neurocritical Care)

Jeffrey Steinberg, MD
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Internship:St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Private Practice: PrimaCARE of Fall River (General Neurology)

Lee Sullivan, MD, MPH
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Internship:St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Sleep Medicine)

2017

Abrar Al-Faraj, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Epilepsy Fellowship

Ali Daneshmand, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Neurocritical Care Fellowship

Behzad Elahi, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Neuromuscular Care Fellowship

Min Kang, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Neuromuscular Fellowship

Samhitha Rai, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Epilepsy Fellowship

2016

Ozaire Awais, MD
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Headache Fellowship

Vajjayantee Belle, MD
Olean General Hospital, NY
Private Practice

P. Monroe Butler, MD
Behavioral Neurology
University of California, San Francisco

Emile Moukheiber, MD
Movement Disorders
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Andrew Natonson, MD
Cognitive Neurology
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

2015

Ziad Alhumayyd, MD
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Neuromuscular Fellowship

Matthew Dooley, MD
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Neurorehabilitation Fellowship

Yasir Jassam, MD, PhD
NINDS/NIH, Baltimore, MD
Neuroimmunology Fellowship

Christopher Parres, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

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Residents complete their training at Tufts Medical Center, a world-class academic medical center located in Boston and the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center sponsors nineteen specialty ACGME-accredited clinical training programs.

Tufts Medical Center is a 415-bed robust organization, providing everything from routine medical care to treating the most complex diseases affecting adults and children. Tufts Medical Center is also home to the Tufts Children's Hospital, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care.

Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, is a level I trauma center, provides comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, and offers cutting-edge cancer treatments. The neurology department houses a comprehensive stroke program and a Level 4 Epilepsy Center. Tufts Medical Center is also home to The Boston Gamma Knife Center, the first and only Gamma Knife Center in Massachusetts and northern New England.

We participate in ERAS/NRMP, and applications must be submitted through these programs. Application materials should be submitted no later than October 15th two years prior to the beginning of the PGY-2 Neurology training year. For example, those wishing to start a Neurology residency in July of 2022 would submit their application before October 30th of 2020. Successful completion of a preliminary year of internal medicine is required prior to beginning neurology residency. We offer our candidates the option of matching into our guaranteed preliminary medicine positions (see below). The following information must be submitted to ERAS by the deadline in order for your application to be considered complete:  

  • ERAS Application form  
  • Curriculum Vitae, including any honors, publications and presentations  
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) or Dean’s Letter  
  • Official medical school transcript  
  • USMLE scores (Step I required, Step II and III if available). COMLEX scores are accepted. 
  • A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation. It is recommended that the letters be written by someone who is very familiar with your clinical work and who is accustomed to writing letters of recommendation (Clerkship Director, Program Director, Director of Service or a senior clinician) 
  • Personal Statement  
  • Photograph  
  • ECFMG certificate (for foreign medical grads) 

To initiate your application and obtain information regarding dates and other key details, visit:

2020 interviews will be held on the following dates (all are Wednesdays):

November 11, 18 
December 2, 9, 16 
January 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2021 
February 3, 2021 

We do offer guaranteed preliminary internal medicine (PGY-1) positions for applicants who match with the Tufts Adult Neurology Residency Program. These are not available for the government funded applicants (typically through the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission) who apply through our FAP (funded applicant) track. Six medicine internship positions are available at Beth Israel Lahey Hospital. If you are interested in one of these positions, you must apply to the program within ERAS and rank the program in the supplemental match list, but you will not be required to interview separately. Alternatively, you can choose to apply to and match with any other PGY-1 preliminary medicine position in the U.S. 

International Medical Graduates

We accept foreign graduates who are highly qualified and have competitive USMLE scores. See the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information regarding requirements for IMGs.  
For more information, visit: 

Frequently asked questions 

What are your criteria for International Medical Graduates?
All IMGs must possess a valid ECFMG certificate prior to the ranking process in late January. ECFMG certification is not required for interview consideration.

What visas does your program sponsor?
Tufts Medical Center sponsors J-1 Visas for trainees. We will unfortunately not be able to sponsor H1B visas.

Does your program have a graduation cut-off limitation?
No, there is no limit to the number of years since medical school graduation. However, a gap of 4 or more years without hands-on medical experience or training is not favorable.

Is United States clinical experience required?
While it is not required, US clinical experience is certainly of benefit, and it greatly increases the likelihood of an invitation to interview.

What are your USMLE score requirements?
We seek candidates with minimum scores of 220.

Do you require USMLE Step 2 CS and CK in order to apply to your program?
We do not require the above at the time of application; however, due to new licensing requirements by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, the results of Step 2 are required by the time of the ranking process (late January).

Does your program offer a preliminary year of Internal Medicine training?
The Tufts Neurology Residency Program offers six guaranteed preliminary medicine positions, at Beth Israel Lahey Hospital for applicants in our traditional track.

How many letters of recommendation do you require?
A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation are requested as part of the application.

How do I apply?
All applications are submitted through ERAS. Beginning in October 2020, we will start the process of reviewing applications for interview consideration. Interviews will take place from November 2020 through January 2021 to match for a PGY-2 position in 2022.

How do I apply?

We use ERAS for all of our residency applications.

What is the application deadline?

All applications must be received no later than October 31, 2020.

When do you interview?

We do all of our interviews starting November through January, with a break for holidays.

How many slots do you offer?

We offer up to 6 to 7 positions per year, those may include 1-2 SACM funded slots. For more information regarding SACM funded slots, see “I noticed on NRMP you have an FAP track. What is that and am I eligible?”

Are you a Categorical (PGY1 slots available) or Advanced (starts in PGY2) program?

We have 6 integrated internship slots available at Beth Israel Lahey Hospital (where our residents spend 50% of their time during their neurology training) per year which are guaranteed to applicants who successfully match into Tufts Neurology. However, we are an advanced program, internship spots are NOT available at Tufts Medical Center.

How do the integrated tracks in NRMP work?

We understand it can be challenging to find preliminary slots, especially in the Boston area. We have worked out an agreement with our affiliate institution, Beth Israel Lahey Hospital that allows an NRMP Integrated track. What this means, is that if you decide to rank Tufts Medical Center Neurology program, you will also need to rank Beth Israel Lahey Hospital internal medicine neurology preliminary year separately to obtain a preliminary position. Ranking algorithm works for these integrated tracks is a little different than if you ranked them separately. If chosen, through ranking, to match at Tufts Medical Center Neurology, the NRMP would then go back and choose your preliminary position based on how you ranked them, and how they ranked you. Additionally our rank lists are shared with these institutions, and they will rank you in line with our opinions, and based on their program policies.

Do you consider International Medical Graduates?

Absolutely! There are some Caribbean schools that are difficult to get licenses in Massachusetts. Contact our Education Manager if you are not sure that your school is one of these.

What percentage of your residents are FMG?

On average our residents who are IMG are anywhere from 40-60%

What are the USMLE Requirements?

In order to be licensed in the state of Massachusetts, you must have passed your USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CS, and Step 2 CK before obtaining a license. We look at these scores as well during the recruitment season but understand if you are in the middle of your testing. We will require these completed and passed before ranking, but it will not hold you up for being offered an interview. You may be asked the status during application reviews. You will need to have your Step 3 passed before your PGY2 year, per the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine policies.

When do I need to be ECFMG Certified?

All applications must be ECFMG certified before ranking.

Do you have a requirement for time period since graduation?

Our program does not have a requirement for this. However, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine will ask for documentation explanation at the time of licensing and this may slow down your licensing.

For IMG, is U.S. Clinical Experience required?

It is not required for application. However, in order to feel more comfortable in the U.S. Medical System, it is highly suggested that you have done some clinical experience. You will get a full year of clinical experience in your PGY1 year before you come to us. But some preliminary programs are tougher on this requirement so be sure to check with them.

Do you sponsor Visa(s)? If so, what Visa(s) do you sponsor?

We do sponsor Visa, but only J-1. Unfortunately, we do not sponsor H1-B.

What are your requirements for Letters of Recommendation?

We require 3 letters of recommendation, one of which from the chairman that you did your neurology rotation with. All LOR’s must be uploaded through ERAS. Please do not email these to us directly, they may bet misplaced and therefore not factored.

I noticed on NRMP you have an FAP track. What is that and am I eligible?

We do have 1 track in the NRMP for 1 to 2 positions. This track is reserved for individuals being funded by a SACM scholarship from Saudi Arabia. This scholarship must have already been approved through SACM in order to be considered for this track.


Graduate Medical Education (GME) stipend levels:

 

2020-2021

 

PGY2 $64,964.00
PGY3 $68,014.00
PGY4 $71,216.00

For a complete benefits summary, please visit the GME section of our website >

To learn more, contact:

Karlee Pedemonti, MS
Education Manager, Neurosciences
E-Mail: kpedemonti@tuftsmedicalcenter.org
Phone: 617-636-2605