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Career Development - Neurology

What Does Training Look Like?

Adult neurology requires one year of internal medicine, followed by three years of neurology training. Pediatric neurology requires two years of general pediatrics followed by three years of neurology training.

 
Subspecialties

There are many subspecialties including: 

Autonomic Disorders

Behavioral Neurology /Neuropsychiatry

Cognitive Neurology

EEG/Neurophysiology

EMG/Neurophysiology

Epilepsy

Headache

Interventional Neuroradiology/Endovascular 

Movement Disorders

Neurocritical Care

Neurogenetics

Neurohospitalist

Neuroimmunology/ Multiple Sclerosis

Neuromuscular

Neuro-oncology

Neurophysiology Combined EEG/EMG

Neuro-ophthalmology

Neuro-otology

Neuro-rehabilitation

Pain Medicine

Sleep Medicine

Vascular/Stroke

What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

Some specialties are primarily spent in the hospital, others are predominantly outpatient based. There is a wide variety of how much time is spent in clinic. Neurologists who specialize in neurocritical care and stroke may spend all of their time in the hospital.

Most neurologists spend the majority of time in clinic seeing patients, performing/interpreting neurodiagnostic testing with some time spent seeing hospital patients. In general, neurologists are consultants and are asked by another doctor to evaluate a patient for a neurological disorder.

 
Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to neurology include:

 

  • Detail oriented
  • Intellectually curious
  • Persistent
  • Methodical
  • Delving (need to relate well with patient)
 
Shadowing Opportunities

For shadowing opportunities, please contact Dr. Kristina Lafaye .
 
Research Opportunities

To learn about recent research conducted in neurology, click here . Students interested in clinical neurosciences research can reach out to Kyle Esteves for opportunities. 

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

 
Specialty Interest Group

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) is a student-run organization dedicated to helping students pursue their interest in the field of Neurology.

Contact:

Emily Kaminski

 
Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Students interested in neurology may want to consider the following electives: Neurological Critical Care; Pediatric Neurology; Outpatient Neurology; Stroke. Additionally, students interested in specializing in neurology may want to take their sub-internship in neurology.

 

Specialty Statistics

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2020")

NEUR 

Matched

Unmatched

 

n = 421

n = 10

1. Mean number of contiguous ranks

12.8

5.5

2. Mean number of distinct specialties ranked

1.1

1.5

3. Mean USMLE Step 1 score

232

223

4. Mean USMLE Step 2 score

245

234

5. Mean number of research experiences

3.6

3.6

6. Mean number of abstracts, presentations, publications

7.2

7.0

7. Mean number of work experiences

3.1

2.7

8. Mean number of volunteer experiences

7.6

6.1

9. Percentage who are AOA members

14.3

0.0

10. Percentage who graduated from one of the 40 US medical schools with the highest NIH funding

35.2

20.0

11. Percentage who have Ph.D. degree

11.1

11.1

12. Percentage who have another graduate degree

16.6

11.1

 

 

 

 
Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

There are no special considerations when applying for residency. Be aware, however, that some programs include an internship years, while others do not. You will need to arrange for your own internship year with those that do not provide one.

 
Important Advice

Be sure to make your personal statement personal. You should reflect on your own experiences, and how these contributed to your decision to pursue neurology.

Only apply to programs in geographical areas in which you want to go. There’s no sense in applying to programs you have no intention of going to.

Away rotations can hurt your chances of matching at a program if you don’t put your best foot forward. Be prepared to give 120% to an away rotation if you choose to do one.

 

Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched





Barnes-Jewish Hosp-MO ST LOUIS MO 2020
Cleveland Clinic Fdn-OH Cleveland OH 2021
Geisinger Health System-PA DANVILLE PA 2019
Jackson Memorial Hosp-FL MIAMI FL 2018
Methodist Hosp-Houston-TX HOUSTON TX 2017
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein-NY BRONX NY 2018
Riverside Community Hospital-CA Riverside CA 2021
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
U Alabama Med Ctr-Birmingham BIRMINGHAM AL 2018
U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2019
U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2020
U Kansas SOM-Kansas City KANSAS CITY KS 2018
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2017
U Texas Med Sch-Houston HOUSTON TX 2020
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas Dallas TX 2021
U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2020
UC San Diego Med Ctr-CA San Diego CA 2021
UC San Francisco-CA SAN FRANCISCO CA 2020
UPMC Medical Education-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2017
UPMC Medical Education-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2018
Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN NASHVILLE TN 2017
Zucker SOM-Northwell NS/LIJ-NY Manhasset NY 2021
 
How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

For very strong applicants, applying to 12-15 applications is likely sufficient. For well-qualified applicants, this number increases to 15-20. Students should avoid “blanket applications,” or applying to programs indiscriminately.