Neurology
 

Overview of the Specialty 

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.

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 are 142 neurological residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2012/2013 offering more than 600 advanced positions for categorical/advanced training available to U.S. seniors.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

Neurology training programs participate in the NRMP. Match results and competitiveness information for neurology residency training positions are summarized in U.S. Match Statistics table below.

US Match Statistics

2014

2013

2012

2011

Competitiveness*

Low

Low

Low

Low

# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors

700

692

638

605

% U.S. Seniors matched*

97

99

98

98

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

19

27

 

23

17

# Unmatched U.S. seniors

8

2

6

8

 

Source: NRMP.  Match rate for US seniors applying in a single specialty.*Competitiveness is based on the percentage of U.S. seniors who match in each specialty.

WUSM Match Statistics

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Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training upon completion of a neurology residency training program is available in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED online database FREIDA.
FREIDA

Career Information

FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.

Washington University Resources

Washington University Graduate Medical Education: GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University

Washington University Department Website:
Department of Neurology

Faculty Contacts:  Neurology

Douglas Larsen, MD

454-6042

Soe Mar, MD

454-6226

Robert Naismith, MD

747-0432

Joy B. Snider, MD, PhD

747-2107

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National Organizations

American Academy of Neurology

At A Glance
Training
1 transitional/preliminary year
3 years of residency
Categorical and advanced
positions available
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
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
Lifestyle
Median, Academic Salary $208,000
Median, Clinical Salary $255,000
Source:AAMC