Child Neurology Residency Training Program | How to Apply


The Department of Neurology currently accepts at least six new Child Neurology residents and at least one Neurodevelopmental Disabilities resident into its training program each year.

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Application procedure


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In 2021-22, incoming residents can apply for the following types of positions:

A Combined Neurology and Pediatrics Residency, also known as the Categorical Program (five positions, NRMP program code 1259185C0): this program includes a two-year General Pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program 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 also apply separately to the Peds-Categorical Track/Boston Children's Hospital (NRMP program code 1259320C0) ( The same application ca be sent to both programs, there is no need for customization for the pediatrics application. Application review and interviews will be conducted by both BCRP and Child Neurology programs to provide the applicants a holistic experience to learn about the outstanding pediatrics and child neurology training experiences here at BCH.

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Categorical Position (one position, NRMP program code 1259186A0): includes a two-year General Pediatrics residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA and a four-year NDD residency at Boston Children's Hospital. Note: If you choose this option, you must also apply separately to Baystate ( Interviews will be conducted by both programs in order for applicants to learn about the advantages and opportunities in training at both sites.

Reserve Position for Child Neurology (one position, NRMP program code 1259185R0, “Reserved for Physicians”) is available only for residents who will be ready to begin their Child Neurology residency training in the Summer of 2022. Reserve positions require that the applicant will have completed one of the following by June 2022; a) at least two years of general pediatrics residency, b) one year of general pediatrics and one year of internal medicine, c) or one year of pediatrics and one year of relevant research. We welcome applications from residents currently in their second year of postgraduate training even if they are part of a typically three-year program. Clinical training must have been performed in qualified residency programs, which are defined by the ACGME as the following: ACGME-accredited residency programs, AOA- approved residency programs, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency programs located in Canada, or residency programs with ACGME International (ACGME-I) Advanced Specialty Accreditation. Please note that this policy is set by the ACGME accrediting body and applies to all US accredited child neurology programs, and therefore unfortunately our program cannot make exceptions even for highly trained physicians; those who do not qualify for the Reserve position are welcome to apply to our Categorical Positions as described above.

Matching will be done through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS): Your completed application will be forwarded to the Child Neurology Residency Selection Committee for review. Categorical Child Neurology or Neurodevelopmental Disabilities candidates will also spend a day interviewing with program leadership at the BCRP or Baystate respectively. The Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities matches will be simultaneous with the General Pediatrics match.

For specific questions about the Child Neurology residency, please contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Miya Bernson-Leung, at For specific questions about the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities residency, please contact the Residency Program Director, Dr. Elizabeth Barkoudah at may also arrange a time to speak with Drs. Bernson-Leung or Barkoudah by calling Stephanie Hansbury at 617-355-7819.