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The Most IMG-Friendly Neurology Programs in the US

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by Monique Cloete in IMG, Residency

Are you wondering how IMG-friendly (or unfriendly) neurology is as a US medical specialty? Do you want to know your chances of matching in this highly competitive field? Would you love to figure out what neurology programs an IMG would stand the best chance?

This article will give you the most up-to-date information on IMG-friendly neurology programs. Use this information to strategize on whether – and where – to apply to maximize your chances of matching as an IMG in neurology.


  • Neurology is among the most IMG-friendly US medical specialties.
  • Some neurology programs have a large number of IMGs, including Louisville (88% IMGs) and Tufts (85% IMGs).
  • Several neurology residency programs fill a majority of their available positions with IMGs.
  • In addition, some programs favor US IMGs while others prefer non-US IMGs
  • See the full list of searchable residency programs to strategize where IMGs have recently been the most welcome
  • Be sure to bookmark this page – and sign up for the newsletter – to keep up with the latest residency and USMLE trends and maximize your chances of matching

Table of Contents

What is an IMG Again?

Let’s start with some definitions.

IMG: International Medical Graduate
  • You attended a medical school outside of the United States and Canada
US- vs. Non-US IMGs

IMGs consist of two sub-groups:

  • US-IMGs: US Citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in the US but went to a Caribbean medical school (a non-US school).
  • Non-US IMGs: Non-US citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in South Korea, who does not have US citizenship or a green card, and who went to medical school in South Korea.
NRMP: “National Resident Matching Program®”
  • The organization that administers the “Match.” In the Match, the NRMP pairs residency applicants with a residency program.

Note that “International Medical Graduate” (IMG) refers to the medical school you attended. Thus, a foreign citizen who attends a US medical school is NOT an IMG. However, a US citizen attending a med school outside the US would be considered an IMG. (Technically, s/he would be a US IMG).

For more on how IMGs can attain residency in the US, see The IMG’s Guide to Obtaining Residency in the United States (2022).

Neurology is Relatively IMG-Friendly

Looking at the percentage of spots filled by IMGs in the 2022 Match, we can see neurology was comparatively IMG-friendly. Only two specialties had a higher proportion of positions filled by IMGs.

Similarly, the match rate for IMGs in neurology is among the highest of all the specialties in the 2022 Match.

Here are the same data represented in a table:

% Spots Filled by IMGs% Spots Filled by US IMGs% Spots Filled by non-US IMGsTotal Positions OfferedTotal # All Applicants
Child Neurology15%4%11%188182
Diagnostic Radiology8%2%6%1,1551,568
Emergency Medicine7%6%1%2,9212,813
Family Medicine21%13%8%4,9165,055
General Surgery9%3%5%1,6222,400
Internal Medicine36%9%25%9,80911,598
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics5%2%2%392458
Interventional Radiology2%0%2%169226
Neurological Surgery8%1%7%240379
Obstetrics and Gynecology5%2%3%1,5032,044
Orthopaedic Surgery2%1%1%8751,435
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation6%2%3%532725
Plastic Surgery6%1%4%194340
Radiation Oncology11%5%7%185162
Vascular Surgery7%0%7%84143

For more on the most IMG-friendly medical specialties, see this article.

The Most IMG-Friendly Neurology Residency Programs

Consistent with the above-mentioned data, several neurology residency programs are quite IMG-friendly. For example, two neurology residencies in the most recent GME census had IMG percentages of 80% or higher: Louisville (88%) and Tufts (85%). In addition, three neurology residencies had an IMG rate of 70% or higher and 16% of all neurology residency programs fill a majority of their available positions with IMGs.

Here is a list of the most (and least) IMG-friendly neurology programs. It includes data from the most recent National GME Census Survey. Percentages are of all residents in the program in 2020.

ACGME residency program codeResidency program nameCityState% residents IMG (US + Non-US)% residents US-citizen IMGs% residents non-US-citizen IMGs% residents US MD graduates% residents US DO graduatesProgram consider applicants with J-1 visa?Program consider applicants with H-1B visa?Program consider applicants with F-1 Visa (OPT 1st year)?# categorical positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# categorical positions filled (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions filled by (2021 NRMP Main Match)# applications submitted (2021 NRMP Main Match)% applicants interviewed (2020 NRMP Main Match)
1802021042University of Louisville School of Medicine ProgramLouisvilleKY88444466YesNoNo440052612.1
1802421051Tufts Medical Center ProgramBostonMA853550510YesNoNo006657812
1803521079SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University ProgramBrooklynNY791960210YesNoNo11111076614.2
1803921141University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center ProgramOklahoma CityOK711358254YesNoNo66004098.3
1802531054Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University ProgramDetroitMI702644263YesNoNo990072910.8
1803321064Rutgers Health/New Jersey Medical School ProgramNewarkNJ693237265YesNoNo55007117.5
1801100156Larkin Community Hospital ProgramSouth MiamiFL67670727YesNoNo430052011.8
1802521129Henry Ford Hospital ProgramDetroitMI672146294YesNoNo660065220.3
1803421065University of New Mexico School of Medicine ProgramAlbuquerqueNM672047330YesNoNo55114986.9
1800321006University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson ProgramTucsonAZ66624827YesNoNo660068610.6
1803221063Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital ProgramLebanonNH646401818YesNoYes550075914
1802421121UMass Chan Medical School ProgramWorcesterMA632538298YesNoNo008850213.1
1801621034University of Chicago ProgramChicagoIL612239390YesNoNo008857517.3
1802121044Tulane University ProgramNew OrleansLA582632375YesNoNo550046711.1
1802721058University of Mississippi Medical Center ProgramJacksonMS582929356YesNoNo440046711
1802100154Ochsner Clinic Foundation ProgramNew OrleansLA543618450YesNoNo33005526.4
1804821112University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine ProgramSan AntonioTX541836397YesNoNo77006779.5
1801621147University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria ProgramPeoriaIL531835641YesYesYes44006387.5
1801922040University of Kansas School of Medicine ProgramKansas CityKS5012383515YesYesNo550052511.7
1802021041University of Kentucky College of Medicine ProgramLexingtonKY5023273812YesNoNo770056211
1803321157Rutgers Health/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School ProgramNew BrunswickNJ464603123YesNoNo004441613.2
1804831111University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ProgramHoustonTX461729505YesNoNo1010006689.8
1803521076Westchester Medical Center ProgramValhallaNY45450459YesYesNo440057611.2
1804821110Baylor College of Medicine ProgramHoustonTX438353523YesNoNo10101068614.2
1801121027University of South Florida Morsani ProgramTampaFL4119224713YesNoNo880056313.5
1802500152Spectrum Health/Michigan State University ProgramGrand RapidsMI376312538YesNoYes44004948.7
1800500167HCA Healthcare Riverside ProgramRiversideCA363603627NoNoNo44003068.5
1801821039University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ProgramIowa CityIA35332586YesYesNo880063119.7
1804100166Geisinger Health System ProgramDanvillePA347273333YesNoNo440087212.9
1801221029Medical College of Georgia ProgramAugustaGA331419625Yes661094224.4
1804100169St Luke’s Hospital – Anderson Campus ProgramEastonPA332583333YesYesNo440053819.7
1803521066Albany Medical Center ProgramAlbanyNY3220122840YesNoNo661177211.1
1805011114University of Vermont Medical Center ProgramBurlingtonVT3213195613YesNoNo550049912.6
1803821089Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ProgramClevelandOH314275712YesNoYes12120069717.5
1803521067University at Buffalo ProgramBuffaloNY305252545YesNoNo55006667.9
1801621036Loyola University Medical Center ProgramMaywoodIL298214229YesNoNo660057912.8
1800511018Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center ProgramTorranceCA272704033YesNoNo440036710.6
1800521165Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA2613135320YesNoNo005539015
1800521009University of California (Irvine) ProgramOrangeCA25196750YesNoNo005538920.8
1801621035University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago ProgramChicagoIL25817714YesNoNo55006949.4
1802621055University of Minnesota ProgramMinneapolisMN258175817YesNoNo660050811.9
1804111096Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center ProgramHersheyPA2515105025YesNoNo55005878.6
1803521081Stony Brook Medicine/University Hospital ProgramStony BrookNY232304136YesNoNo660077618.8
1801121026University of Miami/Jackson Health System ProgramMiamiFL22814763YesNoNo994475813.2
1803611084University of North Carolina Hospitals ProgramChapel HillNC221111717YesNoNo770069411.3
1802421145Boston University Medical Center ProgramBostonMA19514810YesYesYes770053118.3
1800131004University of Alabama Medical Center ProgramBirminghamAL18018766YesYesYes990051513.9
1803521072New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY18018820YesNoYes88006389.3
1800521011University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA17170786YesNoNo006628623.4
1802321045Johns Hopkins University ProgramBaltimoreMD1688840YesYesNo00101040920.2
1802431050Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School ProgramBostonMA15015850YesYesNo00191949816.9
1803621085Duke University Hospital ProgramDurhamNC151507015YesNoNo007746416.7
1803521077NYU Grossman School of Medicine ProgramNew YorkNY1477807YesNoNo00181858242.4
1803313158Cooper Medical School of Rowan University/Cooper University Hospital ProgramCamdenNJ130132760YesNoNo440073010.4
1801121025University of Florida ProgramGainesvilleFL12666919YesNoYes880062420
1802331046University of Maryland ProgramBaltimoreMD121206919YesNoNo770068931.1
1802421049Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School ProgramBostonMA12012880YesYesYes444446632.9
1801221028Emory University School of Medicine ProgramAtlantaGA1073863YesYesNo00101070215
1802500151Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital ProgramMadison HeightsMI101002070NoNoNo31003542.3
1803531082University of Rochester ProgramRochesterNY1037837YesNoNo880049813.2
1803811090Cleveland Clinic Foundation ProgramClevelandOH100107119YesYesYes12120068515.3
1803821088University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine ProgramCincinnatiOH9636922YesNoNo10101068514.1
1801112154University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville ProgramJacksonvilleFL8805042YesNoNo004445423.3
1802621057Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester) ProgramRochesterMN844894YesYesYes663346719.9
1802821061Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium ProgramSt LouisMO707930YesNoNo11110056816.6
1800521014University of California (San Diego) Medical Center ProgramSan DiegoCA606940YesNoNo006629818.1
1802521149Sparrow Hospital/Michigan State University ProgramEast LansingMI6061876YesNoNo55004649.2
1803521070Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine ProgramBronxNY633940YesYesNo663373712.3
1803821092Ohio State University Hospital ProgramColumbusOH6067222YesNoNo882266711.4
1803521074Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell ProgramManhassetNY5506233YesYesNo007744820.8
1803521075Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Mount Sinai Hospital) ProgramNew YorkNY505950YesYesNo882271813.3
1804921113University of Utah Health ProgramSalt Lake CityUT550915Yes880048910.1
1800521012UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA404960YesYes0010934715.5
1801621032McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University ProgramChicagoIL404960YesYesNo00101050318.8
1802531052University of Michigan Health System ProgramAnn ArborMI303970YesNoNo990055817.8
1803531071New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY330970YesNoNo10100057115.3
1800521016University of California (San Francisco) ProgramSan FranciscoCA202980YesYesYes10102244313.1
1800121123USA Health ProgramMobileAL0YesNoNo42116838
1800300160University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix ProgramPhoenixAZ0YesNoNo330036217.1
1800311150Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Arizona) ProgramScottsdaleAZ0YesYesYes55004269.4
1800312005Barrow Neurological Institute at St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center ProgramPhoenixAZ0007921YesNoNo77005568.4
1800421007University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine ProgramLittle RockAR0YesYesYes44006399.4
1800500001Riverside University Health System ProgramMoreno ValleyCA0NoNoNo22000
1800500002Arrowhead Regional Medical Center ProgramColtonCA0NoNoNo20000
1800500003HCA Healthcare/Los Robles Regional Medical Center ProgramThousand OaksCA0NoNoNo31000
1800512008University of California Davis Health ProgramSacramentoCA0003367YesNoNo880039224.7
1800512010Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles) ProgramLos AngelesCA0002575NoNoNo330033819.6
1800521017Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford University ProgramStanfordCA0001000YesNoNo666632113.6
1800521124Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium ProgramLoma LindaCA04400421
1801100159Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, Florida ProgramPembroke PinesFL0YesNoNo440062410.5
1801100160Palmetto General Hospital ProgramHialeahFL0YesNoYes11006311.9
1801113148Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Jacksonville) ProgramJacksonvilleFL0YesYesYes66005649.4
1801122152Cleveland Clinic (Florida) ProgramWestonFL0YesYesYes002244418
1801600568Carle Foundation Hospital ProgramUrbanaIL0YesNoNo11005428.1
1801611033Rush University Medical Center ProgramChicagoIL000919YesYesNo880057818.2
1801621134Southern Illinois University ProgramSpringfieldIL0YesNoNo44005448.3
1801721038Indiana University School of Medicine ProgramIndianapolisIN0005842YesNoNo10100044614.6
1802121043Louisiana State University ProgramNew OrleansLA0YesNoNo44008215.6
1802131153Louisiana State University (Shreveport) ProgramShreveportLA0YesNoNo44005925
1802200001Maine Medical Center ProgramPortlandME0YesNoNo33004066.7
1802500150Mercy Health Grand Rapids ProgramGrand RapidsMI0YesNoNo44006427
1802500153Beaumont Health (Farmington Hills and Royal Oak) ProgramFarmington HillsMI0000100YesNoNo44004812.6
1802500154Garden City Hospital ProgramGarden CityMI0NoNoNo21003404.2
1802800062University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine ProgramKansas CityMO0YesNoNo33005296.2
1802821059University of Missouri-Columbia ProgramColumbiaMO0YesYesNo66006119
1802821060St Louis University School of Medicine ProgramSt LouisMO0YesYesNo55107007.5
1803000063Creighton University School of Medicine (Omaha) ProgramOmahaNE0YesNoNo220042314.5
1803021062University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine ProgramOmahaNE0YesYesYes660051514.4
1803100153OPTI West/Valley Hospital Medical Center ProgramLas VegasNV0NoNoNo22002457.4
1803100154HCA Healthcare Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education ProgramLas VegasNV0NoNoNo330008.6
1803321142JFK Medical Center ProgramEdisonNJ0YesNoNo99006856.1
1803500001Nuvance Health ProgramPoughkeepsieNY0NoNoNo5500056.2
1803500002SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University/One Brooklyn Health System ProgramBrooklynNY0YesYesNo
1803500003Garnet Health Medical Center ProgramMiddletownNY0NoNoNo
1803500156Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Staten Island University Hospital ProgramStaten IslandNY0YesYesNo0066020.9
1803513155Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Beth Israel/West) ProgramNew YorkNY0YesYesYes00554960
1803521083SUNY Upstate Medical University ProgramSyracuseNY0YesNoNo990062312.7
1803621086Wake Forest University School of Medicine ProgramWinston-SalemNC0008218YesNoNo660054016.7
1803700001Univ of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences ProgramFargoND0NoNoNo3300018.5
1803800144Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine ProgramDaytonOH0006931YesNoNo440045120.5
1803800145Kettering Health Network ProgramDaytonOH0NoNoNo330034010
1803800146Mercy St Vincent Medical Center ProgramToledoOH0YesYesNo004439720.7
1803821143University of Toledo ProgramToledoOH0YesYesNo551158514.9
1804031095Oregon Health & Science University ProgramPortlandOR0007921YesYesYes550037815.6
1804100001Tower Health ProgramWest ReadingPA0YesYesNo440000
1804100167Lehigh Valley Health Network ProgramAllentownPA0YesYesNo006639221.2
1804100168UPMC Medical Education (Erie) ProgramEriePA0NoNoNo21003774.2
1804700001HCA Healthcare/TriStar Nashville ProgramNashvilleTN0
1804821127San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium ProgramJBSA-Fort Sam HoustonTX0

Concluding Thoughts

Neurology is among the most IMG-friendly of fields. The majority of applicants are accepted into a suitable program and numerous neurology residency programs have very high IMG percentages. That said, with 49% of applicants rejected, neurology remains a competitive field for IMGs.

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