Child Neurology

Competitiveness: High

Child Neurology, also called Pediatric Neurology, is a subspecialty of 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 number 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 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 221
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 230
  • Research: 2.7
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 3.3
  • Work: 7.0
  • Volunteer: 7.0

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 234
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 240
  • Research: 3.2
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 7.1
  • Work: 5.0
  • Volunteer: 3.9

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 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 Cited Factor For Child Neurology

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. USMLE Step 1 score (88%)
  2. Any failed attempt in USMLE (82%)
  3. Letters of recommendation in the specialty(82%)
  4. Personal Statement (82%)
  5. Perceived commitment to specialty (76%)

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

  1. Applicant was flagged with Match violation by the NRMP (5.0)
  2. Any failed attempt in USMLE (4.4)
  3. Letters of recommendation in the specialty (4.2)
  4. Perceived commitment to the specialty (4.2)
  5. Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.1)

Fast Facts

Total Training 5 years
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 $63,700
Average Physician Salary $223,500
Average Physician Work Week Not available in 2020
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)
  • 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

73 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical Preliminary
Participating Programs 6
Filled Programs 4
Positions Available 7
Filled Positions 5


  • None, this is a subspecialty of Pediatrics/Neurology