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Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship Program here at the University of California, Irvine, and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

Certification in spinal cord injury medicine is offered to physicians of all ABMS member boards, particularly from specialties directly related to the care of persons with spinal cord injury whose physicians wish to be certified in SCI (e.g., physical medicine & rehabilitation, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, plastic surgery, and urology). 

Download the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship Program Application›

In addition, please submit your application with the documents listed below: 

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Photo
  • Personal Statement (motivation for pursuing a career in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine) 
  • Dean's Letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcripts: Steps/Levels 1 – 3
  • Three letters of recommendation (dated within the last six months and mailed directly from the author)

Virtual interviews are held during the month of September. It is recommended that applicants submit a completed application and supporting documentation on or before August 15, 2024.

Our SCI Medicine Fellowship Program accepts applications from international medical graduates who have received their ECFMG letter from the Medical Board of California. International medical graduates should contact the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for detailed requirements. Please refer to their website at An ECFMG sponsored J-1 visa is required for those physicians who are not a US citizen.

Please send your application materials to Susan Downing at


  • NRMP Registration Opens: August 7, 2024
  • Rank List Opens: September 4, 2024
  • Rank List Finalized: October 9, 2024
  • Match Day: October 23, 2024