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The UNC Child Neurology Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited program (PGY1-PGY5) that accepts two categorical, five-year positions (PGY1-PGY5) per year. The first two years (PGY1-PGY2) are spent with the Department of Pediatrics followed by three years with the Department of Neurology.

Applications are submitted through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system. Applicants need only apply to the UNC Child Neurology residency via ERAS – a separate application to UNC Pediatrics is not necessary.

Watch an overview of the UNC Child Neurology residency program.

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General Application and Interview Information

Our program participates in the NRMP and accepts applications through ERAS. Because we are a combined 5-year program, only one ERAS application needs to be submitted. Deadline for application is November 1. Criteria for all applicants include:

  • Graduation from medical school no more than two years ago
  • At least three letters of recommendation preferably from clinical attendings
    • one letter should be from a pediatric faculty member
    • one letter should be from a neurology faculty member
  • MSPE
  • Transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Passing Step I score at the time of application
    • To be more competitive, a score of 210 on Step I is recommended
  • COMLEX scores are not accepted
  • Clinical experience in the United States
  • If you are not a US Citizen, a J-1 visa is required
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Photograph (optional, but preferred to track applicants after interviews)

Interview Dates

For the 2020 – 2021 academic season, all interviews will be virtual. The dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 18
  • Friday, November 20
  • Friday, December 4
  • Wednesday, December 9
  • Friday, December 11
  • Wednesday, December 16
  • Wednesday, January 6
  • Friday, January 15
  • Wednesday, January 20
  • Friday, January 22

Our Program Director

Questions regarding the application and interview process as well as general program questions can be directed to Dr. Yael Shiloh-Malawsky, Child Neurology Program Director, or Kelly Lear, Pediatric Program Coordinator.

Yael Shiloh-Malawsky, MD
Yael Shiloh-Malawsky, MD

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer two categorical positions.

We do not have a minimum USMLE board score cut-off requirement for interviews, but applicants who score below the mean or require repeated attempts to pass any exam are generally not competitive.

No, the certificate is not due until the time of rank list submission (February).

No, Step 2 scores are not due until the time of rank list submission (February).

Yes, our GME office sponsors J-1 visas.


GME Benefits and Salaries can be found here.

Departmental Benefits include: annual $300 book fund, additional $1500 for travel during senior year, additional travel for presentations at conferences, annual AAN Memberships, medical license renewal fees, and one-time board exam registration and fees for all residents who successfully complete the residency training program. Learn more >