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Houston, Texas

Pediatrics - Neurology and Developmental Neuroscience
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Clinical Training Program - Applicants

Available Child Neurology Residency Pathways

Recruitment and Selection Criteria

Application Process

Important Application Dates

Additional Information Resources


Four positions per year are available for the pediatric neurology residency program.

Available Child Neurology Residency Pathways

Pediatric patient exam

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.

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.

Recruitment and Selection Criteria

  1. 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.
  1. Baylor College of Medicine recognizes that house staff enrolled in BCM programs are trainees, not employees. As such, applicants must also be able to meet the conditions of the BCM House Officer Training Agreement. 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, all three of the following: a valid passport, a valid I-94 (obtained upon entry to the United States) that indicates D/S J-1 (Duration of Status for J-1 visa), and a valid visa (J1 visas are preferred but other visas will be considered. Applications will be accepted for applicants having a visa sponsorship from the ECFMG to train at BCM in the specific training program).
    • 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.

    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.

  1. Applicants must have documented strong interest in Neurology, as judged by statement, prior training, or research experience.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 residency program, this must include a letter from the previous program director.
  4. 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.
  5. Applicants must have a Dean's letter or equivalent and documented grades from medical school. Graduation in the top 2/3 of the class is preferred.
  6. Applicants must have the ability to understand, speak, read and write the English language, including English medical jargon, exceeding conversational level.
  7. Applicants must have the ability to comprehend and utilize computer software typically used in a U.S. hospital setting.
  8. Continuous medical treatment of patients, with lapses not to exceed three years, must be documented (exceptions may be made for pregnancy and related child-care activities, or for obtaining a Ph.D.). Patient treatment may include medical school and/or prior residency training.
  9. 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
    • 1 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.

Information regarding affiliated Pediatrics and Internal Medicine Residency Training Programs can be found at the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education web site.

Application Process for the March 2014 Match for Baylor College of Medicine Child Neurology

Categorical General Child Neurology Residency Training: The BCM Child Neurology Residency Program is currently accepting applications for applicants wishing to start their Pediatrics training in July 2014 and Child Neurology training in July 2016. The program will match four residents.

Categorical Child Neurology Basic Neuroscience Training: The BCM Child Neurology Residency Program- Basic Neuroscience Pathway is currently accepting applications for applicants wishing to start their Pediatrics training in July 2014 and their Child Neurology training plus Basic Neuroscience Training in July 2015. The program will match one resident.

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

Additional Information Resources

BCM 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 by mail.

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.

*** (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."

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

For more information please contact:

Pediatric Neurology Clinical Training Program
Program Coordinator: Sherry Cruz
Texas Children's Hospital
6701 Fannin St., CCC 1250
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 832-822-1779
Fax: 832-825-1717

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