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Department of Pediatrics

Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Admissions

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Currently, five categorical positions per year are available for the Child Neurology Residency Program (three Clinical Child Neurology and two Basic Neuroscience) and two categorical positions per year are available for the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program.

Reserved positions for the Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program may be offered in some years. For the current 2021 Match, we will be offering one reserved position for General Child Neurology. Please contact our program if you have questions about future years.

General Child Neurology

Our Categorical General Child Neurology Residency Training is a five-year integrated Child Neurology Residency Program combining two consecutive years of pediatrics and three years of child neurology training.

Basic Neuroscience Child Neurology

Our Categorical Basic Neuroscience Child Neurology Pathway is a five-year pathway that includes one year of pediatrics, three years of child neurology training and one year of research. For more information on this pathway, visit the ABPN web site and download the basic neuroscience pathway form. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology must approve the individual neuroscience pathway for the resident to be eligible for certification upon completion of training.

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Our Categorical Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Training is a six-year integrated NDD residency program combining two consecutive years of pediatrics and four years of neurodevelopmental disabilities training.

Applications

Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities are separate applications; however, as categorical positions, you do not need to submit a separate application to Pediatrics.

In accordance with AAMC and BCM guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, we are conducting all Residency Program Interviews online, regardless of the location of the student’s institution for the 2020-2021 Match Season. For up-to-date information on how Baylor College of Medicine is responding to the pandemic, visit our Coronavirus website.

We are currently preparing the final format of the interview experience for our applicants. Along with meeting with the program director, faculty, and current residents, the applicants will have a virtual tour of Texas Children’s Hospital and affiliated sites. The interview experience is expected to last approximately two-three hours with time allotted for breaks.

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Requirements

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Each applicant must:

  • Be a graduate of a Liaison Committee on Medical Education accredited medical school, or
  • Be a graduate of an American Osteopathic Association accredited college of osteopathic medicine, or
  • Be an international medical graduate who holds a valid Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certificate, or
  • Have a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction, or
  • Have completed a fifth pathway program provided by a LCME-accredited medical school.
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Reserved Position Requirements

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For reserved position applicants, prerequisite training outlined as follows, which can be initiated following one of three options:

  • Two years of residency training in pediatrics in the United States or Canada; or
  • One PG-1 year (as described in the Program Requirements for Residency Education in Neurology, Section I.A.1*) and one year of residency training in pediatrics; or
  • One year of pediatrics plus one year of basic neuroscience training. The program director must review and determine the acceptability of these initial two years of training.

* (Excerpt from the Neurology RRC Program Requirements (ACGME): "Those that provide four years of residency training, the first year of which training (accredited in the United States or Canada) must include a broad clinical experience in general internal medicine. This year must include at least one of the following: (a) eight months in internal medicine with primary responsibility in patient care or (b) six months in internal medicine with primary responsibility in patient care and a period of at least two months total time in pediatrics or emergency medicine or both. Residents must spend no more than two months in neurology during this year."

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Baylor College of Medicine recognizes that house staff enrolled in Baylor programs are trainees, not employees. As such, applicants must also be able to meet the conditions of the Baylor House Officer Training Agreement.

Note: Any non-U.S. citizen wishing to participate in a U.S. graduate medical education program must possess a visa that permits direct patient care. The appropriate visa application should be submitted well in advance of the anticipated date of enrollment. Contact American embassies, consulates, or U.S. district offices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service to obtain further information.

Specifically, each house staff member must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, or
  • Hold a valid U.S. Resident Alien Card, or
  • Possess, or be eligible to obtain: a valid passport, I-94 that indicates D/S J-1 and a valid visa (J1 visas are preferred).
  • Canadian citizens must receive a letter from their province stating the province's willingness to allow the resident to obtain a job in Neurology in Canada upon completion of Neurology residency training in the United States.
  • Applicants must have documented strong interest in Neurology, as judged by statement, prior training, or research experience.
  • Applicants must have passed USMLE Parts I and II, or the equivalent, with a minimum average score on both tests that is typically between 200 and 210.
  • Excellent references are required from a minimum of three physicians or researchers with whom the applicant has worked on a regular basis for at least one month.
  • For individuals who have had prior training in another training program, successful completion of that year (or years) of the program, and receipt of certification, are required.
  • Applicants must have a dean's letter or equivalent and documented grades from medical school. Graduation in the top two-thirds of the class is preferred.
  • Applicants must have the ability to understand, speak, read and write the English language, including English medical jargon, exceeding conversational level.
  • Applicants must have the ability to comprehend and utilize computer software typically used in a U.S. hospital setting.
  • Continuous medical treatment of patients, with lapses not to exceed three years, must be documented (exceptions may be made). Patient treatment may include medical school or prior residency training.
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Application Process

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Visit the Electronic Residency Application Service website to begin an application.

Baylor does not discriminate with regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

We prefer to receive all applications no later than Nov. 15. Interviews are held October through January. Applicants not offered an interview will be notified.

Residents need not hold a Texas medical license to train in the BCM program, but those who do not must apply to the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners for a physicians-in-training permit. Information on the permit is provided upon appointment to a BCM training program.

We are happy to answer any additional questions that you may have regarding the application process

Additional Information Resources:

National Resident Matching Program
Child Neurology Society

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Diversity and Inclusion

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Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and providing patient-centered care.

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