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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.


There are many subspecialties including: Vascular/Stroke; Movement Disorders; Headache; Multiple Sclerosis; Neuroimmunology; Neurophysiology; Neuromuscular; Epilepsy; Behavioral/Cognitive Neurology; Neuro-ophthalmology; Neuro-oncology; Sleep Medicine; Pain Medicine; Neuro-otology; Neuro-rehabilitation; Interventional Neuroradiology; Neurogenetics and Neurocritical Care.

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

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.


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

Number of Applicants & Positions (from "Results & Data 2018 Main Residency Match ")

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2018")

Neurology charting outcomes-match 2018

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

NYU School Of Medicine NEW YORK NY 2015
Duke Univ Med Ctr-NC DURHAM NC 2015
Einstein/Montefiore Med Ctr-NY BRONX NY 2015
Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT NEW HAVEN CT 2015
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2015
U Florida COM-Shands Hosp GAINESVILLE FL 2015
Duke Univ Med Ctr-NC DURHAM NC 2015
NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2016
U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2016
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr-NH LEBANON NH 2016
U North Carolina Hospitals CHAPEL HILL NC 2016
Emory Univ SOM-GA ATLANTA GA 2016
UPMC Medical Education-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2016
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr-CA TORRANCE CA 2016
Thomas Jefferson Univ-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2016
Childrens Hospital-Boston-MA BOSTON MA 2016
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Methodist Hosp-Houston-TX HOUSTON TX 2017
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2017
Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN NASHVILLE TN 2017
UPMC Medical Education-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2017
NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2017
U Kansas SOM-Kansas City KANSAS CITY KS 2018
Jackson Memorial Hosp-FL MIAMI FL 2018
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein-NY BRONX NY 2018
U Alabama Med Ctr-Birmingham BIRMINGHAM AL 2018
UPMC Medical Education-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2018
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2019
Geisinger Health System-PA DANVILLE PA 2019
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.