Application Process

Washington University School of Medicine/St. Louis Children’s Hospital Child Neurology Residency Ranked #3 on Doximity

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Ranked #7 in Neurosciences by US News & World Report!

The Pediatric Neurology match is accomplished through the NRMP. Applications are accepted through the ERAS application service.

Five-year Categorical Training Program:

Five categorical slots are available each year allowing Pediatric Neurology residents to also complete their preliminary General Pediatrics training at Washington University in St. Louis. Applicants need only apply to Pediatric Neurology via ERAS for consideration for the five year categorical training program (SEPARATE APPLICATION TO GENERAL PEDIATRICS IS NOT REQUIRED: An interview with General Pediatrics will automatically be granted to those selected to interview for Child Neurology). We require a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a pediatric neurologist.

We do not have any cutoff for board scores. We review the application as a whole, including medical school performance, particularly with clerkship performance, the quality of the recommendation letters, medical school dean’s letter, personal statement, life experience of the students, board scores and publications when making a decision for interviews. We are fully aware of the impact of COVID on students, particularly with inability to take step 2 exam, as well inability to complete some in-patient rotations. These factors will not affect our decision to interview you or not. 

Positions Available through 2021 Match:

Five PGY1 categorical positions with preliminary training beginning 7/2021 and Child Neurology training beginning 7/2023.

Application Timeline:

September 15, 2020 Applications begin to be accepted through ERAS
October 21, 2020 – mid November, 2020 Applicants are notified of interview invitations
November 15, 2020 Deadline for all applications to be received
November 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7, 14
January 4, 11
Virtual Pediatric Neurology Interview Days
March 19, 2021 Match Day

Virtual Interview Visit:

Due to COVID-19, during the 2020-2021 application season we will be interviewing all candidates virtually over Zoom between early November and the end of January.

Per AAMC and AAN guidelines, our interview days for the 2021 Match will be virtual. Virtual visits will be Sunday-Tuesday and coordinated with General Pediatrics.  On Sunday evening, we will have a live informal social gathering providing an opportunity for candidates to get to know our residents, the program, and the city. The Child Neurology interview program will begin on Monday morning. We look forward to introducing applicants to our program through our electronic materials, live informational sessions, and more planned interactions with our residents. Each applicant will typically interview with a minimum of three pediatric neurology faculty members during the day, including the Residency Program Director, Associate Program Director, and Division Director. If an applicant would like to meet with a certain faculty member because of particular research or clinical interest, please notify the residency coordinator at the time of arranging the interview. Virtual General Pediatrics interviews will follow the next day (Tuesday).  

The interview process will include:

  1. Live virtual interviews with faculty
  2. Live meeting opportunities with residents during the interview day and evening prior
  3. Access to pre-recorded topics of interest (see below)
  4. Informal, live virtual open house sessions for interviewed applicants. These sessions will enable applicants to chat with a variety of clinical and research faculty that they may not have met on their interview day. These Saturday sessions will be fun and relaxed. Dress casual and enjoy meeting your future colleagues.

Pre-recorded Topics:

Neonatal neurology
Pediatric Movement Disorders
Pediatric Neurocritical Care and Stroke
Pediatric Neuro-Immunology
Pediatric Sleep Disorders

Virtual open house Saturdays (4 to 5 PM except as noted) by topic::

October 7 (7pm-8pm) Virtual Open House: Resident & Program Leadership Q&A
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November 7 Open House with Program Directors and Chief of Pediatric Neurology (Drs. Soe Mar, Rejean Guerriero, Sarah Bauer Huang, Christina Gurnett)
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Registration will close on October 30
November 14 Pediatric Epilepsy (Dr. Liu Lin Thio)
November 21 Perspectives of physician scientists and opportunities (Drs. Bhooma Arvamuthan, Benjamin Kay, Shannon Agner)
December 5 Neonatal Neurology (Dr. Chris Smyser)
December 12 Pediatric neuromuscular (Dr. Craig Zaidman)
December 19 Neurodevelopment, intellectual disability, autism and general child neurology (Drs. Stephanie Morris, Sheel Pathak, and Sarah Bauer Huang)
January 2 Pediatric Sleep Disorders (Dr. Robert Rudock)
January 9 Pediatric Neurocritical care and stroke (Drs. Kristin Guilliams & Rejean Guerriero)
January 16 Pediatric Neuro-immunology (Drs. Soe Mar and Stuart Tomko)
January 23 Pediatric Movement disorders (Dr. Toni Pearson)
January 30 Pediatric neurogenetics (Dr. Christina Gurnett)
February 6 Open house with the residents
February 13 Open house with program directors and the chief of pediatric neurology

General Information:

The Pediatric Neurology Residency Program is a part of Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Washington University. Guidelines for residency training are reviewed internally by the GME committee, who also coordinates educational and policy guidelines for all postgraduate education at Washington University assuring that programs fully comply with local, state, and federal mandates.

Washington University is committed to increasing representation of women and members of minority groups in its residency programs and particularly encourages applications from such candidates. Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment of, or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status or disability. Present Department of Defense policy governing ROTC and AFROTC programs discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation; such discrimination is inconsistent with Washington University policy. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899 tel: (314) 935-5949.