Selection Policy

Pediatric Neurology Residency - Selection Policy

Department of Pediatrics

Division of Neurology Residency 
Selection Policy - 2021

Applicants to the University of Michigan Pediatric Neurology Residency training program should be fourth year medical students in good standing at US or Canadian medical schools. At this time, we have no reserved positions for individuals who are in their Pediatric residencies or have successfully completed two years of Pediatric residency training. Except for unfilled positions within 3 months of the start of training, all applications must be submitted to the Child Neurology matching program through ERAS and the NRMP. All applicants must use the uniform application form provided by ERAS. Applicants should apply to both, Pediatric Neurology categorical and to the Pediatric categorical through ERAS. Only one match list (the Child Neurology list) needs to be submitted for our joint program. 

Candidates must be able to meet the following criteria, prior to beginning their Pediatric Neurology training: 

  • Successful graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, successful graduation from a medical school outside the United States or Canada that has a valid ECFMG certificate, or successful graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. Osteopathic medical school graduates should note that we may be unable to fulfill the requirements for an AOA-approved OGME-1 year, which is required for permanent licensure in several states (Florida, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma). Osteopathic graduates must have successfully passed COMLEX step 1. For questions regarding osteopathic graduate training, contact Erin Fedak, D.O. at
  • Successful completion of two years of Pediatric training in an ACGME-accredited residency program in Pediatrics. We will not routinely consider candidates who plan to only do one year of Pediatrics.
  • Completion of USMLE Steps I and II CK, even for graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine. We will, however, accept the COMLEX level 2 PE in lieu of the USMLE Step II CS. We expect to have results of USMLE II CK and CS prior to the submission of ranking lists. All candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from academic faculty referees who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications, in addition to the dean's letter. At least one of the three letters should be from a pediatrician or neurologist (ideally at least one from each or from a pediatric neurologist). We also prefer but do not require that one of the three letters is from the chair of Pediatrics or Neurology (the same letter can serve both roles).
  • For applicants in an osteopathic internship, one of these letters must be from their residency program director.
  • Applicants must be able to provide official transcripts from their medical school; in addition, if candidates are accepted, successful completion of the credentialing process includes primary source verification, for individuals who hold ECFMG certification.
  • Residents must also document in writing their completion of their prerequisite Pediatrics training before beginning their Pediatric Neurology residency.
  • Successful completion of the University of Michigan Health System Office of Clinical Affairs credentialing process including primary source verification.
  • Candidates must hold proper work authorization and be able to provide proof of citizenship, permanent residence, green card, Visa documentation (J-1) or other qualifying authorization.

Only applicants who would be eligible for ABPN certification at the end of their training will be considered.


The Division of Pediatric Neurology within the University of Michigan participates in the Residency Match program run by the National Residency Matching Program. All interested candidates must apply for residency training slots through the match program. 

The program selects from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity (ACGME Institutional Requirements II. A.2.a.). 

The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age marital status, sexual orientation, disability or Vietnam era veteran status (Source: Bylaws of the Board of Regents, Chapter XIV, Sec. 14.06.) 

The program director reviews all completed applications that are submitted through the NRMP match. The program director will prioritize offering interviews to individuals with strong academic potential - based on review of academic records, USMLE scores, other standardized medical examination scores, reference letters, and other accomplishments. The program director will solicit a review from an additional faculty member prior to making a decision to reject any applicant. 

Selected candidates will be asked to sign up for interview dates via a website. If the candidate is unwilling to accept either of the dates offered, the program director will decide if special arrangements should be made to accommodate the candidate. If the candidate is invited to interview for Pediatric residency here, whenever possible, we recommend that interviews for Pediatric Neurology should be scheduled within a week of the scheduled Pediatric interviews. 

Criteria for interview invitations: 

  • Candidate must be in good standing at medical school or in residency.
  • Candidate must meet eligibility for hiring at University of Michigan, including eligibility for J-1 work visa if non-US citizen.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong communication skills in submitted written materials.
  • Candidate reference letters must be uniformly supportive.
  • Average USMLE part 1 and 2 scores must be at least 200.
  • Exceptions will be considered, particularly for individuals who have outstanding out-standing references from senior academic medical faculty. 

Candidates who do not meet training requirements or who cannot be eligible for ABPN certification will not be offered interviews. Candidates will be invited in if they provide 3 academic references, including a “Dean’s letter,” or a letter from the director of their residency training program (if applicable). then the application is rejected. Candidates may be asked for additional information or references prior to a final decision. 

Pediatric Neurology candidate interviews generally take one-half of a day and include meetings with: 

  • at least three Pediatric or Adult Neurology faculty members 
  • at least one resident 

Each individual provides a written evaluation of the candidate. 

Among eligible applicants, ranking criteria will include: ability, aptitude, academic credentials, interest in our training program, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. The program will not discriminate with regards to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. 

Applicants are ranked by consensus of the Pediatric Neurology faculty.

See also: University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education: Prospective Residents & Fellows.