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What Does Training Look Like?

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; Neurocritical Care; and Pediatrics. It is also possible to train in a combined program, such as Neurology/Psychiatry and Neurology/Internal Medicine.

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 . Please contact Dr. Roger Kelley for more information on how to get involved.


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.

2018 Officers:

Justine Ker

Damek Homiack

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.

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.