• What is considered a low USMLE or COMLEX score? • When should you take the USMLE Step 2 CK exam? • Should osteopathic applicants take the USMLE?
• Should you do an away elective? • How can students shine during the away elective? • Whom should you target for letters of recommendation? • What are the benefits of research? Is it necessary? • How can applicants publish sooner rather than later?
AND actual quotes from 20 academic and private neurologists about the reasons that led them to enter the field - incredibly helpful in developing the personal statement and preparing for the residency interview.
We combine a thorough search of the literature with inside information from neurology residency program directors to give you powerful information.
Neurology Residency Application Service
Almost all residency programs require applicants to submit their completed application through the Electronic Residency Application Service, also known as ERAS.
It is imperative that all information in your application is well communicated and error-free. In our experiences reviewing and editing applications, errors are common. These errors can prevent even applicants with high USMLE scores from securing interviews.
We agree with the words of the American College of Physicians. "Generally, your curriculum vitae is the first contact you may have with a prospective program director...It should emphasize your strength and create an interest about you sufficient to result in a personal interview."
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“Where was the career guidance I needed for the past three years? No one sat me down in my first year and told me what it would take to get the career of my choice. Had I been handed a residency application form in my first year, I would have made many decisions differently. I cannot help thinking that my medical school has let me down. I am not going to shine on my residency application, as I had hoped.”
- S. Ellen Morch (Morch SE. Students unprepared for residency applications. CMAJ 1994; 151(9): 1237-8)
Eighteen years have passed since these words were written by a fourth-year medical student, and yet we continue to counsel students who find themselves in the same position. “If only I knew then what I know now” is sadly a common refrain among residency applicants.
The preclinical years of medical school are important for students considering a career in neurology. "As you begin planning your career (trust us—this process will sneak up on you sooner than you think), you'll have to employ a whole host of resources to arrive at your goal (i.e., residency!)," writes the American Academcy of Neurology. Our book Success in Medical School: Insider Advice for the Preclinical Yearswill show you how to make the most of your opportunities as a preclinical student. Learn how you can explore the field and position yourself for match success should you choose to become a neurologist. Read the first chapter. The book can be purchased at Amazon.
To become a neurologist, four years of residency training are required. Only the latter three years are spent fully immersed in neurology, and residents must first complete an internship or postgraduate year 1 (PGY1). This preliminary year can be completed in medicine (i.e., medicine preliminary year). Some residents choose to complete this year in a transitional program.
According to the AMA and AAMC, there are over 1,800 residents training in 132 ACGME-accredited neurology residency programs. Fifty-seven percent are USMDs, 36% are international medical graduates, and 7% are osteopathic graduates.
Neurology Match Results
U.S seniors are readily able to match into neurology. In the 2010 NRMP Match, only 3% of U.S. seniors who applied to the field went unmatched. However, top-tier university programs are quite competitive.
Osteopathic applicants may match into allopathic or osteopathic neurology residency programs. In 2010, approximately 50 osteopathic applicants matched into an allopathic program. There are seven osteopathic neurology residency programs.
In 2010, nearly 200 international medical graduates matched into the specialty. However, many fail to match. In the 2010 Match, 38.4% of independent applicants went unmatched (IMGs are considered independent applicants).
Important Information for the Aspiring Neurologist