NEUROLOGY

Welcome to the Department of Neurology Resource Page. This online repository houses relevant resources and contact information for students seeking career advice. We encourage you to review the career-related materials provided (e.g. Specialty Webinar, Interview Questions, Research, etc.) as you seek support in your journey through medical school. If you have further questions that are not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact a Specialty Faculty Mentor for further guidance.

MATCH PREPARATION AND CHARTING OUTCOMES

You are more than your Step Scores!  Use this NRMP page to explain HERE  and to interactively explore your specialty of interest,  based on your own experiences, educational attainment, and scholarship HERE.

Not necessary. It can help the applicant should they be looking at a specific program, but in general will not help in application other than at that institution.

Research is not required, but is almost always helpful in the application process. Neuro specific research is preferable, but even if not in neurology, what matters is the research is productive (eg conference poster/presentation or publication) and the applicant can speak intelligently about it.

Number of letters recommended 3

Chair’s letter required? Not required, but encouraged.

Number of letters from within specialty? 1-2

Number of letters from away rotations/institutions? N/A

Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? Yes

Letters from faculty who know you well and can speak to your strengths. Letters from clerkship and residency program directors and chairpersons/dept heads are helpful but not necessary.

What makes you unique? The goal should be to let the reader know about aspects of you that aren’t already in the other parts of your application.

When do programs in your specialty generally begin reviewing applications? ERAS opening

When do programs in your specialty begin offering interviews? After MSPE release

When does your program generally offer interviews? After MSPE release

Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? Generally, yes

Expect to be asked about what got you interested in neurology, what, if any, subspecialty you are interested in, and what kind of career do you envision for yourself (eg academic vs private, clinical vs research, outpatient vs inpatient etc).

Thank you letters and phone calls are not necessary, but can be helpful. If you are particularly interested in a specific program, let them know. But be honest when expressing rank to programs (don’t tell every program you are ranking them at the top, because PDs talk amongst themselves).

  1. The NRMP publishes a survey of Applicants each year. This report presents the results of selected items from the 2019 NRMP Applicant Survey. The report documents factors that applicants weigh in selecting programs (1) at which to interview and (2) to rank in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
  2. The NRMP Publishes a survey of Residency Program Directors. This report examines the factors program directors use to select applicants to interview and rank. Data are reported for 22 specialties and the transitional year in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
  3. Looking for residency programs?  The AAMC interactive, Careers in Medicine Website is where you should be! LINK
  4. Having difficulty deciphering this information?  Contact your Student Affairs Career Advisor on your campus!!!

MATCH PREPARATION AND CHARTING OUTCOMES

You are more than your Step Scores!  Use this NRMP page to explain HERE  and to interactively explore your specialty of interest,  based on your own experiences, educational attainment, and scholarship HERE.

We do not think it is necessary to do away rotations.

Research is not necessary but it definitely can be helpful.

Number of letters recommended – 3

Chair’s letter/SLOE/special letter required? No. At least one LOR should be from a neurologist

Number of letters from within specialty – 1

Number of letters from away rotations/institutions

Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? No

Be sure to include in your statement your passion for and sincere interest in neurology.

When do programs in your specialty generally begin reviewing applications? September 15, or whenever ERAS opens

When do programs in your specialty begin offering interviews? As soon as ERAS opens

When does your program generally offer interviews? September 15, or whenever ERAS opens
Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? No
We interview 10 candidates per spot. Show a keen interest in our specialty and do your homework about our institution. Come with your own questions as you are interviewing us too!
Thank you cards or emails are nice, but they certainly don’t affect your rank. It is not necessary for candidates to contact us regarding how well they will rank us.
  1. The NRMP publishes a survey of Applicants each year. This report presents the results of selected items from the 2019 NRMP Applicant Survey. The report documents factors that applicants weigh in selecting programs (1) at which to interview and (2) to rank in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
  2. The NRMP Publishes a survey of Residency Program Directors. This report examines the factors program directors use to select applicants to interview and rank. Data are reported for 22 specialties and the transitional year in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
  3. Looking for residency programs?  The AAMC interactive, Careers in Medicine Website is where you should be! LINK
  4. Having difficulty deciphering this information?  Contact your Student Affairs Career Advisor on your campus!!!

SPECIALTY FACULTY LIAISONS

Chicago

Ciro Ramos-Estebanez, M.D., Ph.D

[email protected]

 

Rita Shapiro, DO

[email protected]

 

Pritikanta Paul, MD

[email protected]

or contact coordinator

Jeannette Hernandez
[email protected]

 

Peoria

Greg Blume, MD

[email protected]

 

Jorge Kattah, MD

[email protected]

 

Charlotte Besse,Coordinator

[email protected]

 

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