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Application Requirements

  • Interview
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Successful completion of at least two years of an ACGME-approved pediatric residency training program before beginning training in child neurology. See the different tracks to enter our program below.
  • Graduation from medical school within the past ten years.
  • If in the United States on a visa, you must be eligible to remain for an additional three years in order to complete our training program.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for our categorical program and advanced position. We accept two candidates each year, one into our Categorical program and one into our Reserved program.

The Categorical Program in Child Neurology at Boston Medical Center is a five-year program that allows the trainee to do two years of pediatrics (June 2017 - June 2019) and three years of child neurology (July 2019 - June 2022). At the end of the program the trainee is board eligible for board certification in both child neurology and pediatrics. The first two years of training are in the Boston Combined Residency Program Urban Health Advocacy Track (UHAT). The final three years are in Pediatric Neurology, the first year being in adult neurology and the final two years in Pediatric Neurology.

For those interested, we offer the applicant who is accepted to our Categorical position the opportunity to obtain a 32 credit hours Master’s Degree either in Education or in Epidemiology through Boston University or its School of Public Health. The applicant would earn this degree over a two years span following completion of their 5 years training in Pediatrics and PN while working part-time as an Instructor in our Pediatric Neurology division.

We recommend that anyone interested in this track apply to the BCRP UHAT track (1259320C1) and the categorical Pediatric Neurology track (1257185C0). Candidates to this program need to be approved by both the Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology programs. The Reserved Position (1257185R0) is available in this year's match (2017). We will have an opening in 2017 and interviews for that position will commence in the autumn of 2016. This position is open to candidates who will have completed two or more years of pediatric training in an ACGME accredited program before June 30, 2017.The Pediatric Neurology match will be completed through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please visit their website for application instructions. You will need to register for the 2016 NRMP match and complete a MyERAS application.

Applicants using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and applying for Pediatric Neurology Residency should complete their MyERAS application.

Application Timeline

  • September 6, 2016- Applicants can apply to ACGME accredited residency programs through ERAS
  • September 15th, 2016: NRMP registration begins
  • November-January: Interviews are conducted
  • November 30, 2016: Registration deadline
  • March 17, 2017: Match results released

We will consider offering an interview date subsequent to receiving a full application packet from ERAS.

If you have an interest in our program and would like to plan a visit, please contact Lan Ruan at 617.414.4536 or [email protected]. Thank you for your interest in our program and we look forward to reviewing your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What openings do you have for 2017?

A: We have one 2017 Categorical position (will start July 2017 in Pediatrics and July 2019 in Pediatric Neurology), and one 2017 Reserved position (will start in Pediatric Neurology in July 2017).

Q: Should I apply for the Pediatrics program and Pediatric Neurology separately?

A: Yes, if you are applying to the Categorical track, you should apply to the Boston Combined Residency Program, Urban Health and Advocacy Track (BCRP/UHAT).

Q: Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

A: Yes. However, you also must have:

  1. An ECFMG certificate
  2. Have passed the USMLE 1 and 2
  3. Have completed 2 years in an ACGME accredited Pediatrics training program before entering our program.

Q: What visas do you accept for International Medical Graduates?

A: J-1.

Q: What are the median USMLE scores accepted by your program?

A: You must pass step 1 and step 2 before entering our program.

Q: Should we supply any additional information along with the ERAS application?

A: You should supply 3 letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Q: What are the dates/times of the interviews?

A: The interviews are scheduled for Fridays in the fall and early winter. They are full day interviews beginning at 8 am and ending at 5 pm.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lan Ruan at 617.414.4536 or e-mail [email protected].