Neurology Residency

What is neurology residency program?

It is a training program where medical graduates are trained to evaluate, diagnose and treat various neurological disorders. You might expect to learn some procedures like lumbar puncture, EEG and reading neuro CT and MRI.

How many years is the neurology residency?

Neurology residency is 4 years including a first year preliminary or transitional year internship in the same or different program.

What are the average scores for AMGs and IMGs who matched in Neurology?

The average scores for AMGs who matched in Neurology in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 225 and 233 respectively.

For IMGs who matched in Neurology the average scores in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 224 and 227 respectively.

What are the interview questions for Neurology?

The neurology interview questions you will be asked are divided into 2 groups:

1- The Questions specific for neurology interviews, your answers to these questions will determine your position in the match rank, this is the link:

Neurology Residency Interview Questions and Answers

2- The general questions (common to all specialties) which you will be asked by the program director, faculty and chief residents. These questions are common in whatever specialty your are interviewing and are posted for free on this link: Interview Tips and Tricks: The Successful Match

What are the match statistics for Neurology?

About 58% of positions offered in the match go to AMGs and about 42% of positions go to IMGs. About 98% of AMGs who apply do match and about 60% of IMGs who apply do successfully match.

What should AMGs do to increase their chances to match in Neurology?

During your medical school rotations try to schedule your electives mainly in neurology to get touch-base with the attendings so you will get LORs form them later on. Also you need a book to impress the faculty you are interacting with and increase your knowledge at the same time. Most people who match will have the Greenberg Clinical Neurology . During interviews, at most of them, you will be asked about neurology books you have read, and having the answer ready, as above, will further push your ranking up in the NRMP match.

What should IMGs do to increase their chances in matching in Neurology?

Doing observerships and getting US LORs is an important part of your ERAS application where program directors will be looking for such information.

We also strongly recommend that you have the same book as AMGs in your shelf, namely the "Greenberg Clinical Neurology" as above. Applicants are also differentiated based on the knowledge and their interest in the domain they are applying to, so be ready.

Also, IMGs should apply to the same programs where we helped their peers to match in the previous years, these programs are found in many states as described in the below mentioned list. This is the full list of the IMG friendly neurology residency programs requirements as book or in pdf form which you can easily download it to your computer or any other device from: Neurology IMG Friendly Residency Programs List

For other specialties

I matched already, what should I do to survive neurology residency?

To survive neurology residency you will need to get some books which are needed to build up your knowledge and other books to help you pass the inservice and board exams. These books are traditionally recommended by program directors and widely used by residents, you can find them here: Neurology Recommended Books