5. Choosing a neurology residency

Puzzling over your rank list? Confounded by all the choices? We’re here to help. I sit down with my co-chiefs, Matt Brier and Mysti Harrison, to discuss strategies for choosing a neurology residency. Matt and Mysti are the academic chief residents at WashU. They planned and carried out recruitment for our neurology program this year. They share the tips and insights they learned from this experience.

Time stamps:

– 03:25: The rank process at WashU

– 06:18: Mysti’s experience choosing a residency

– 10:12: Matt’s experience choosing a residency

– 13:30: Choosing a program you’ve only seen via Zoom

– 16:20: Residency structure

– 21:45: Call structure

– 25:20: Program prestige

– 27:30: Factoring in family

– 30:15: Fellowship options

– 33:40: Advice for MD/PhD students

– 38:00: Informing your top program and thank you notes

– 41:30: Setting your list

– 44:05: Advanced vs categorical spots

– 49:15: Putting your best foot forward on the interview trail

– 52:18: Writing a personal statement


Dr. Brier and Dr. Harrison report no relevant financial disclosures. Brain Boy Neurology reports no relevant financial disclosures.


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