Child Neurology Residency Training Program How to Apply

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The Department of Neurology currently accepts five new Child Neurology residents into its training program each year. You can come here just for Child Neurology training, or apply to do your Pediatrics Residency here as well.Dr. Rivkin and Patient

Application Procedure

Incoming residents can apply for two types of positions:

A Combined Neurology and Pediatrics Residency, also known as the Categorical Program, which includes a two-year General Pediatrics residency and a three-year Child Neurology residency at Boston Children’s Hospital.

The General Pediatrics residency is done through the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Boston Medical Center (BCRP). Note: If you choose this option, you must apply separately to the BCRP (see below).

A Child Neurology Residency only, also known as an Advanced Position, in which residents seeking general pediatric residency training at another hospital.

We typically have three categorical and two advanced slots in each year. In the fall of 2015, we will review applications for both categorical positions that begin general pediatrics in the BCRP in 2016, and for advanced training slots for the residency class that will start in July 2018.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed one of the following: two years of training in pediatrics, postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) training in internal medicine plus one residency year (PGY-2) in pediatrics, or one year of training in pediatrics plus one year of neuroscience research.

We feel strongly that applicants need two prior years of clinical training before their Child Neurology training, given its very significant inpatient and intensive care unit demands. We will only consider a third option—one year of clinical training with a year of research—under very special circumstances.


New this year, matching will be done through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS):

The Child Neurology match will be simultaneous with the match for the General Pediatrics residency. Up to three of our five Child Neurology residency positions will be filled by applicants who simultaneously matched in General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Two or more slots are available to applicants who match elsewhere for their pediatric training.

We encourage applicants to apply for both types of positions, to keep all options open:

Combined Neurology and Pediatrics Residency (up to three positions)

Apply to the Categorical (aka “Dummy” Categorical) Program. This match is for two years of general pediatrics in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center and three years of Child Neurology at Boston Children’s. You will still need to apply separately to the Boston Combined Residency Program:

Child Neurology residency only (two or more positions)

Apply to the Advanced Placement program for three years of Child Neurology only.

Your completed application will be forwarded to the Child Neurology Residency Selection Committee for review.

For specific questions, please speak with the Residency Program Director, David K. Urion, MD, via email ( or by phone via Stephanie Hansbury, 617-355-7819.

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