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Frequently Asked Questions...

What do I need to know before applying?

Salary and Benefits

Before applying to Stony Brook Neurology…

What are your interview dates for the 2019-20 interview season?

All interviews are conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a dinner the night before.  We have nine interview dates scheduled as follows:

  • November 5, 11, 19, 22, 26
  • December 3, 6, 10, 13

What is the deadline for receiving applications?

There is no deadline.  However, you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible.

What documents are required as part of my application?

Please visit our application requirements section here.

Can I fax you my application?

We only review applications that we receive through ERAS.  We do not review applications that are emailed or faxed.

When and how will I be contacted for an interview?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible to expedite the scheduling of interviews.  We begin contacting applicants as early as late September, and we continue to invite applicants as late as January.  The Program Director invites candidates for interviews through the ERAS email.

Do you take Doctors of Osteopathy (DO’s)?

Yes,  the department takes Doctors of Osteopathy.  Please see details regarding the USMLE requirements here.

Do you accept international medical graduates?

Yes, we will consider exceptional international graduates.

What Visas do you sponsor?

At the time of application, the candidate must be either a U.S. Citizen, have a green card, or have a current J-1 visa.  H-1 visas are NOT sponsored by our institution.

Do I need an ECFMG certificate at the time of my interview?

For international graduates, ECFMG certificates are not required at the time of application, but will be required before a candidate may be ranked.  Therefore, you may be interviewed without a current ECFMG certificate.

Is it mandatory to pass the USMLE or COMLEX 1 and 2 in the first attempt before being invited to interview?

All candidates must pass Step 1 & Step 2-CK or COMLEX 1 & 2 on either the first or second attempt in order to be considered for a residency position at Stony Brook.  Applicants who have failed Step 2-CS or COMLEX 2-PE even once WILL NOT considered.  Please click here for more information about our application requirements.

Is there a cut-off score for USMLE or COMLEX?

There is no  strict cut-off, but most of the candidates we have interviewed have a USMLE score of >220.

What if I have not received my scores for Step 2?

It is okay if you have not yet received your Step 2 scores at the time you submit your application.  When you receive them, post the results to ERAS. However, we will not be able to rank you without having passing scores to Steps 1 & 2, including CS, or COMLEX equivalent.

Is there a cut-off time from graduation date of medical school?

A candidate must have graduated from medical school within the last 10 years.  However, applicants must have no more than 5 years since their last clinical experience.

Is clinical experience in the United States required?     

U.S. experience is not required, but is preferred.  Please click here for more information about our application requirements.

What is the 12 Week Rule and which foreign medical schools are approved by the NYS Education Department?

If you are an international medical school graduate and have completed more than 12 weeks of clinical clerkships outside of the country your medical school is located in, you cannot be considered for any graduate medical educational programs in New York State.  The medical school may be acceptable in other states, but not acceptable in New York State.

The exception to this rule is that the New York State Education Department does allow students to complete more than 12 weeks of clinical clerkships ONLY for the following medical schools:

List of medical schools approved by the NYS Education Department:

  • American University of Antigua, Antigua
  • American University of the Caribbean, St. Martin, Netherland Antilles
  • The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • English Language Program, University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center, Medical School, Debrecen, Hungary
  • English Language Program, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
  • English Language Program, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
  • Fatima College of Medicine, Manila, Philippines
  • International Health and Medicine Program, Ben Gurion University of the Negrev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
  • Medical University of the Americas/Nevis, Nevis, West Indies
  • Ross University School of Medicine, Roseau, Dominica
  • Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Netherland Antilles
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine, St. George’s, Grenada
  • St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Do you offer observerships/externships?


Is the PGY-1 Internal Medicine year included?

Stony Brook Neurology is proud to be linked with Stony Brook Internal Medicine.

You only need to apply to Neurology; you do not need to apply separately to Internal Medicine. Your application and interview to Neurology will suffice as an application and interview for both Neurology and the Internal Medicine Preliminary Year. When it comes time to create your rank list, you can list both Stony Brook Neurology and Stony Brook Internal Medicine-Preliminary on your Supplemental List. Additional instructions will be provided to you during your interview.

Is there a pre-match available?

No, the NRMP no longer allows pre-matches. 

If I match to Stony Brook Neurology…                                                                         

What is a typical day like?

Please visit our “A Day in the Life of…” section to learn about all of our rotations.

How often will I be on call?

We employ a night float system to cover overnights Sunday through Thursday.  In-house overnight coverage on the weekends is provided by junior residents with senior residents in-house during the day and available as back-up from home during the night.  Please read more about night float here and the first year weekend call schedule here.

What is your patient population like?

The patients at Stony Brook come from a wide variety of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.  Our residents see a wide variety of neurologic illness, from the "bread and butter" migraine and radiculopathy, to the more unusual paraneoplastic syndromes and CJD (Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease).

What research opportunities are available, and is performing research required?

All residents are required to complete two research projects.  One is an individual project that is to be completed by the PGY-4 year.  It can be basic research, clinical research, or a clinical case report.  At the end of the PGY-4 year, there is a Resident Research Day where residents have the opportunity to present their work.  In addition, each class year works on a joint QA/QI (Quality Analysis/Quality Improvement) project before graduation.  In addition to the above requirements, there are ample opportunities for residents to become more involved in research if desired.

Is funding provided for attendance at national conferences?

All neurology residents are required to attend one academic conference during their residency, usually the American Academy of Neurology Conference.  All residents are given time built into their clinical rotations to allow for attendance of the AAN Conference each year.  A stipend is provided.

How often do we have lectures?

Every day starts with morning report at 7:30am in which the cases from overnight are presented, usually followed by one or two additional lectures before our residents head off to work on the floors.  Each month we cover a different neurologic topic, and all lectures that month pertain to that particular topic.  We also have Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Evidence-Based Medicine, Neuropsychology, Neuro-ophthalmology, and more.   

How am I evaluated?

Through the computer program New Innovations, our residents are evaluated by their peers, faculty, and even staff members such as nurses.  You meet twice annually with the program directors to go over your progress, goals, and evaluations.

When am I required to take USMLE or COMLEX Step 3?

Stony Brook University School of Medicine requires all residents to take Step 3 by the end of their first year of residency at Stony Brook.

Do I have to take the Neurology boards after graduation? 

All Stony Brook Neurology graduates are expected to apply for and the Neurology Boards Exam within their first year of completion of residency.

What fellowships do you offer?

We offer fellowships in Vascular Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy,  and Multiple Sclerosis/Neuroimmunology.  You can learn more about them here.

Is there on-campus housing or subsidized housing available? 

Stony Brook does not provide housing.

What is the housing like on Long Island? 

Residents in our department are required to live within 20 minutes of Stony Brook University Hospital.  There are numerous options available such as houses, apartments, and condominiums to rent or buy.   

What is there to do on Long Island?

Please feel free to learn more about life on Long Island here.

Our residents are a great team. They get together often for dinner, kayaking, and are a winning NeuroStakes Team at the NYS Neurological Society meeting.  They even get together for birthday parties for their children.

Is there public transportation? 

There is good public transportation to Long Island.  However, the public transportation around Long Island is lacking, so you WILL need a car while living here.


Salary and Benefits…                                                                                                   

Salary includes $2,500 resident Stipend and $3,026 location stipend.

PGY Level:              Annual Salary:         

PGY1                         65,413

PGY2                         69,616

PGY3 73,458                       

PGY4                         77,303                        

PGY5                         81,143                        

PGY6                         84,979                        

PGY7                         93,570                         


Four weeks (in 2 two-week blocks)

Benefits:  Please access this site for required information about our program: http://medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu/gme/application.   

Paid Insurance

      ·  Disability Insurance

      ·  Life Insurance

      ·  Dental and Vision Insurance

      ·  Personal Malpractice for professional activities within the residency program

Shared Premiums

 Medical Health Insurance Benefit Plans 

On-Site Child Care

 Stony Brook has an on-site child care facility that is available to all employees.

Paid Memberships

Membership to the American Academy of Neurology, which includes a subscription to Continuum and Neurology (the green journal). 

Additional Funding

All residents must attend one meeting during their residency and usually are provided with a stipend.  Funding will also be provided for attendance at any meeting/conference that  you have been chosen to be a presenter (poster or platform presentations).

Additional Benefits:

·   Meal cards  

·   White coats and scrubs are provided and laundered for free

·   Call room

·   Health Sciences Library Book and Journal Access online 24/7

·   Free Access to UpToDate and MDConsult 

·   Free copy machines

·   Access to the University gym, pool, weight rooms, racquetball and squash courts

·   Discount for Staller Center for the Fine Arts (Ballet, Symphonies, Theater, Jazz,  Independent Film Festival yearly,
     wide-screen movies)

·   Free access to town beaches

·   Island Federal Credit Union on-site

·   Discounted monthly parking fees ($16/mo)

·   Direct deposit

·   The best chocolate chip cookies ever baked by our very own residency coordinator, Doris