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CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: Neurology

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National Organizations:

American Academy of Neurology

Minimal Training Durations:

1 transitional/preliminary year

3 years of residency

Subspecialty Fellowships: 1-4 Year


Competitiveness: low

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Specialty Overview: The specialty of neurology is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders involving the brain, spinal cord and other nerve and muscular conditions as well as the blood vessels that relate to them. Many neurological problems are characterized by pain and can be chronic, debilitating and difficult to treat. Headaches, strokes and seizure disorders are typical conditions neurologists treat. A large portion of the practice of neurology is consultative, but the neurologist may also be the primary physician.


·         Child Neurology 3 years

·         Clinical Neurophysiology            1 year

·         Critical Care Medicine    1-2 years

·         Neurodevelopmental Disabilities  4 year

·         Pain Management           1 years

·         Vascular Neurology        1 year




Recommended Electives Outside this specialty:

Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Rehabilitation Medicine




Training Requirements: Training generally consists of a minimum of four years of postgraduate education. Entry into a neurology residency training program is preceded by 12 months of ACGME-accredited graduate training in the United States or Canada, usually in general internal medicine. ACGME-approved residency training programs in neurology must provide three years of graduate education in neurology. There were 133 neurological residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 717 categorical/advanced positions


For subspecialty fellowships, applicants must have completed a residency in neurology. The fellowships are over 1-4 years in length


Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 231

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score: 243

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 23.1

Number of Programs: 87

Number of Positions Available: 443

Total Number of Applicants: 1084

Total Number of Matched: 440




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California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300