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Application Requirements

  • Interview
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Successful completion of at least two years of an ACGME-approved pediatric residency training program before beginning training in child neurology is strongly recommended. See the different tracks to enter our program below.
  • Graduation from medical school or Pediatrics residency within the past ten years.
  • If in the United States on a visa, you must be eligible to remain for an additional three years in order to complete our training program.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for our Categorical program and Reserved position. We accept three candidates this year, one into our Categorical position and two into our Reserved program. For the application year 2020/2021, we will be accepting three candidates, one into our Categorical program and two into our Reserved program.

The Categorical Program in Child Neurology at Boston Medical Center is a five-year program that allows the trainee to do two years of pediatrics (June 2021 - June 2023) and three years of child neurology (July 2023 - June 2026).  At the end of the program the trainee is board eligible for board certification in both Child Neurology with Special Qualification in Pediatric Neurology and pediatrics. The first two years of training are in the Boston Combined Residency Program Urban Health Advocacy Track (BCRP-UHAT), and the final three years in Pediatric Neurology (the first year of these three years is in adult neurology.

The post-graduate program for categorical candidates: for those interested, we offer the applicant who is accepted to our Categorical position the opportunity to obtain a 32 credit hours Master’s Degree either in Education through Boston University or a Master's Degree in a public health field through the BU School of Public Health. The applicant would earn this degree over a two years span following completion of their 5 years training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology while working part-time as an Instructor in our Pediatric Neurology Division.

We recommend that anyone interested in this track apply to the BCRP UHAT track (1259320C1) and the categorical Pediatric Neurology track (1257185C0). Candidates for this position need to be approved by both the Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology programs. Two Reserved Position (1257185R0) for candidates who will have completed two or more years of pediatric training in an ACGME accredited program is also available in this year's match (2021). Interviews for these positions will commence in the autumn of 2020.

The Pediatric Neurology match will be completed through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please visit their website for application instructions. You will need to register for the 2021 NRMP match and complete a MyERAS application.

Application Timeline

  • June 7, 2020: Applicants can register on MyERAS and begin working on their application
  • September 5, 2020: Applicants can apply to ACGME accredited residency programs through ERAS
  • September 15, 2020: NRMP registration begins
  • November 30, 2020: Registration deadline
  • November 2020: January 2020: Interviews are conducted
  • March 15, 2021: Match results released

We will consider offering an interview date subsequent to receiving a full application packet from ERAS.

If you have an interest in our program and would like to plan a visit, please contact Lan Ruan at 617.414.4536 or [email protected]. Thank you for your interest in our program and we look forward to reviewing your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What openings do you have for 2021?

A: We have one 2020 Categorical position (will start June 2021 in Pediatrics and July 2023 in Pediatric Neurology), and two 2020 Reserved positions (will start in Pediatric Neurology in July 2021).

Q: Should I apply for the Pediatrics program and Pediatric Neurology separately?

A: Yes, if you are applying to the Categorical track, you should apply to the Boston Combined Residency Program, Urban Health and Advocacy Track (BCRP/UHAT).

Q: Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

A: Yes. However, you also must have:

  1. An ECFMG certificate
  2. Have passed the USMLE 1 and 2
  3. Have completed 2 years in an ACGME accredited Pediatrics training program before entering our program.

Q: What visas do you accept for International Medical Graduates?

A: J-1.

Q: What are the median USMLE scores accepted by your program?

A: You must pass step 1 and step 2 before entering our program.

Q: Should we supply any additional information along with the ERAS application?

A: You should provide 3 letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Q: What are the dates/times of the interviews?

A: The interviews are scheduled for Fridays in the fall and early winter. They are full day interviews beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM. There is no pre-interview or post-interview event.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lan Ruan at 617.414.4536 or e-mail  [email protected].