Resident Recruitment and Selection/Non-Discrimination

The Wayne State University Neurology Residency Program participates in and accepts applications only through the  Electronic Resident Application Service(ERAS). Applications open on September 6, 2023 and programs can view applications on September 27, 2023. You must contact your medical school for delivery of your medical school transcript and Dean's letters. The rest of your application can be uploaded to our program via ERAS including faculty recommendations (at least three, of which at least one should be from a neurologist you have worked with). In addition, applicants must apply through the National Resident Matching program (NRMP) for ranking of programs. The WSUSOM/DMC Neurology Residency Program will not accept applications through e-mails.

We strongly recommend all applicants to submit a supplemental application. Applicants who signal our program will be carefully reviewed but due to the amount of signals we receive, we will not be able to extend an invitation to every applicant.

Here at WSU, we pride ourselves in completing a holistic review of applicants. When selecting candidates, we are blinded to applicant photographs, age, gender, race, and country of origin. Personal statements, letters of recommendation and applications are carefully reviewed based upon 360 degree review. We invite qualified candidates from URMs and first-time college and medical graduates to apply to our program.


We are offering 9 categorical (4-year) positions for the upcoming match.

In accordance with the AAMC's Consensus Statement regarding the upcoming match cycle, we will only be able to offer virtual interviews this year.

Interviews will run from mid-October through January 2024.

Successful applicants must exhibit strong qualifications for the neurology career they wish to pursue. Candidates should possess the following qualities:

•             Critical thinking skills

•             Sound judgment

•             Empathy for others

•             Ability to learn and function in a variety of settings

WSU/DMC Neurology residency is open to U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. immigrants and international applicants as follows:

•             Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

•             Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

•             Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:

         1.   Have a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

a.  ECFMG has allotted different pathways for certification in lieu of suspension Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) is no longer offered by the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®).  For more information visit the ECFMG Website.

        2. Have successfully completed a Fifth Pathway Program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school,

•             Applicants who are not citizens of the United States must apply for an ECFMG-sponsored J-1 visa,  or have an INS issued employment authorization. More detailed information on the visa requirements and application procedures may be obtained from the Office of International Affairs at (313) 577-3422.

       1.  Please note that DMC GME does NOT offer H1-B visas; no exceptions.

       2.  In order to obtain a Michigan license, you must have also taken and passed the TOEFL examination with minimum score of 80 or have proof of medical school taught in English. (This requirement are for those applicants who match into our program but is not a requirement to apply to our program or for ranking at our program.)

All applicable medical license issues must be fulfilled prior to starting a training program. Prospective residents must pass a criminal background check and DMC requires a drug screen that must be passed. Future residents must sign and adhere to an understanding of a nicotine-free hiring policy click here

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the USMLE/COMLEX Score Requirements?

USMLE scores (or COMLEX scores for DO applicants) are considered in the initial review process in the setting of the entire application.  Step 1 and 2 CK or COMLEX I and II scores must be available to be considered for an interview.

Is the Neurology program a 4-year categorical program?

Wayne State/DMC Neurology is a four-year categorical program. All four years will occur at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).         

How do I apply for residency and what is the application deadline?

We only accept applications through ERAS. Please review their website for further application information. We will not accept any application information directly. Click Here

To apply to the Categorical Neurology Residency Program, please select code 1295180C0.

Application deadline is October 27, 2023. Applications received after this may not be reviewed.

When do interviews generally take place?

Interviews usually begin in October and go through January. We only offer interviews on Fridays that includes a virtual meet and greet with our residents that occurs the night before. We strongly encourage but do not require candidates to attend this meet and greet as this is an excellent way to get to know our residents and ask questions.

Will I be notified if I will not be offered an interview?

Due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, we are unable to provide rejection letters to applicants.  We are also unable to provide updates on the status of your application.

What can I expect during a typical interview day?

Our interviews will be virtual including attendance at Neurology Grand Rounds followed by faculty interviews and will take place on the ZOOM platform.

An overview of the program will occur virtually at 8:00 AM eastern standard time (EST) followed by virtual Neurology Grand Rounds and Resident Report. Interviews will occur for the rest of the day in two separate morning or afternoon blocks.  Typically, candidates will meet with four to five faculty members for 15-20 minutes each.

Are there accommodations for us during the Interview?

We are conducting all of our interviews virtually. Applicants selected for an interview will receive more information on the interview itinerary. A stable internet connection and electronic device with camera and microphone will be required to conduct the interview. Telephone interviews will not be offered.

If I am in the area locally, can I come in for an in-person interview?

In accordance with the AAMC's consensus statement, we will not offer in-person interviews this year, without exception.

Can I come for a second look after an interview?

We do not require candidates to come to our program for a second look nor will a second look change a candidate's final rank in our program. We will be allowing for second looks in February 2024 after our rank list has been finalized. This will allow for candidates to visit without having an impact on the program's ranking. Typically, this involves a 2-3 hour tour of the DMC campus with a resident.

What is the NRMP code for the Neurology Residency Ranking?

•             1295180C0

Can I apply for an observership?

The Department of Neurology at DMC/WSU does not accept observers at our institution.

A limited number of fourth-year neurology externships for US medical students are available after August 2022. Please apply through VSLO directly.

What do you review when looking at applications?

We at the WSU/DMC neurology residency program pride ourselves in individually reviewing applications based on a holistic approach.  Due to Michigan Civil Rights Commission Rules or Federal Law, we block application information.  This includes photos, race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status or disability of prospective residents when reviewing and selecting candidates for interviews. We do encourage students from diverse ethnic and minority backgrounds to apply to our program.

If I am selected for an interview, who will I meet with?

This year, the Residency Interview Committee includes the following faculty members:

•             Maysaa Basha, MD - Interim Chair of Neurology

•             Jacob Rube, MD - Residency Program Director and Resident Wellness Director

•             Phillip Kucab, MD - Chief of Neurology, Detroit VA

•             Rohit Marawar, MD - Program Director, Epilepsy Fellowship

•             Philip Ross, DO - Neurocritical Care Faculty

•             Deepti Zutshi, MD - Director of Residency Admissions

Do you require a clerkship in the United States?

Although a clerkship in the United States is not required for applications, it can provide valuable experience in the US medical system.

Are there any minimum examination scores?

The Wayne State University - Detroit Medical Center's Department of Neurology holistically reviews each applicant. Therefore, we do not have a cut-off score.

Am I required to have previous research?

We interview applicants with the full range of research experience from less than a year to completing a PhD.


Kelly Soave
Program Coordinator
Phone: 313-745-1302
Jacob Rube, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Program Director, Neurology Residency
Wazim Mohamed, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency
Deepti Zutshi, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Program Director and Director of Admissions, Neurology Residency