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.

In addition, we are also offering three advanced, three-year positions (PGY3-PGY5) with starting dates of June 2020, June 2021, and 2019 (flexible start date – please contact us for more information).

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.

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

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)


We offer our child neurology interviewees a combined interview day with time spent in both the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology. Interviews will be held on the following eight Wednesdays:


  • October 30
  • November 6, 13, 20
  • December 4, 11, 18


  • January 15
Subject to change

Our interview is one day in length, with time spent with both departments.

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer two categorical positions. In addition, one advanced or reserved position is offered for each of the following years 2019, 2020, and 2021.
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.