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Child Neurology

The discipline of pediatric neurology, also called child neurology, encompasses disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve and muscle affecting infants, children and adolescents. The variety of patients seen by a child neurologist varies from those with common, relatively straightforward conditions, such as cerebral palsy or migraine, to those with rare or complex conditions, such as metabolic or degenerative disorders. This robust variety of conditions allows child neurologists to structure their scientific or clinical careers according to their clinical or research interests.

Competitiveness HIGH
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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 227
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 234
  • Research: 2.6
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 5.7
  • Work: 2.1
  • Volunteer: 5.1

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 228
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 239
  • Research: 2.4
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 6.2
  • Work: 7.0
  • Volunteer: 5.6
Specialty Factors

In March 2022, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducted its survey of directors of programs participating in the Main Residency Match ® with the primary purpose of characterizing the factors that Program Directors use to (1) select applicants to interview, and (2) rank applicants for the Main Residency Match. See results of the Program Director Survey for Child Neurology below:

The Top 5 Most Cited Factor For Child Neurology

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. MSPE (92.3%)
  2. Grades in clerkship in preferred specialty (92.3%)
  3. USMLE Step 1 score (84.6%)
  4. USMLE Step 2 CK score (84.6%)
  5. Grades in required clerkships, Consistency of grades (84.6%)

Top 5 Highest Rated Factors (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. Professionalism and ethics (4.8)
  2. Letters of recommendation in specialty (4.3)
  3. Perceived commitment to specialty (4.3)
  4. Having overcome significant obstacles (4.3)
  5. Leadership qualities (4.3)

Fast Facts

Total Training 3 years (total)
Prerequisites for 3-year residency training in child neurology consist of: - 2 years of residency training in pediatrics, or
- 1 year of residency training in general internal medicine and 1 year of residency training in pediatrics, or
- 1 year of pediatrics plus 1 year of basic neuroscience
Average Residency Salary $63,644.11
Average Physician Salary $301,000
Average Physician Work Week Not available in 2022
Peak Interview Months November, December
Key Organizations and Societies: Child Neurology Society
Child Neurology Foundation
International Child Neurology Association
American Epilepsy Society
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

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 12
Filled Programs 11
Positions Available 14
Filled Positions 13


  • None, this is a subspecialty of Pediatrics/Neurology