Child Neurology

Competitiveness: High

Child Neurology, also called Pediatric Neurology, is a subspecialty of the medical specialty, Pediatrics. This is a great specialty choice for those interested in working with a younger patient group and the puzzles of Neurology. Child Neurology, much like many other specialties, is currently experiencing a shortage of practitioners. It is estimated there is a deficit as high as 20% for the amount of specialists needed. That being said, since there are still very few programs and positions available, competition for Child Neurology training remains high. There are three typical road maps to training in Child Neurology: Combined 5-Year Child Neurology programs, Linked Preliminary (PGY-1) Pediatrics and Child Neurology programs, and separate Preliminary Pediatric and Neurology residency programs. Any residency candidates interested in going into Child Neurology should be sure to get lots of prior clinical and research experiences in Pediatrics.

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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2018:

  • No data for 2018

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2018:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 235
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 242
  • Research: 2.7
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 6.5
  • Work: 5.9
  • Volunteer: 4.3

Specialty Factors

Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).

The Top 5 Most Important Child Neurology Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. USMLE Step 1 score (100%)
  2. Specialty specific Letters of Recommendation (91%), MSPE (91%)
  3. USMLE Step 2 CK score (88%), Perceived commitment to specialty (88%)
  4. Grades in required clerkships (85%)
  5. Grades in clerkship in desired specialty (82%)

Average Importance Rating for Each Factor (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. Flagged by NRMP (4.8)
  2. Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.6)
  3. Any failed attempt in USMLE (4.5), Perceived commitment to specialty (4.5)
  4. Passing USMLE Step 2 CS (4.4)
  5. Grades in clerkship in desired specialty (4.3)

Fast Facts

Total Training 5 years
Advanced specialty - Requires 1-2 years Pediatrics (36 months total. Must have either/or: 2 years in Pediatrics
1 year in Peds and 1 year in IM or FM
1 year in Peds and 1 year approved neuroscience research
Key Organizations and Societies: Child Neurology Society
Child Neurology Foundation
  • Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
  • Potential salary can vary but many child neurologists annually earn between $120,000 and $175,000

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched

75 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical Preliminary
Participating Programs 3 1
Filled Programs 3 1
Positions Available 3 1
Filled Positions 3 1


  • None, this is a subspecialty of Pediatrics/Neurology