Applying for Residency

We accept three outstanding physicians with a strong pediatric background into our child neurology residency program each year.

Preliminary Training

We welcome inquiries from highly motivated candidates who have completed one of the following in residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education:

  • two years of pediatric training
  • one year of internal medicine and one year of pediatric training
  • one year of pediatrics plus one year of basic neuroscience training

The preliminary pediatric training is offered at the University at Buffalo and is included with the child neurology residency.  You do not need to apply to the Department of Pediatrics.

You also must participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Application Process for Preliminary Pediatrics

Submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for pediatrics.

Through ERAS, please submit the following:

  • copy of USMLE Part I examination score
  • original medical school transcript
  • copy of dean’s letter, Medical School Performance Evaluation or equivalent
  • three letters of recommendation

Graduates of foreign medical schools must submit:

  • copy of USMLE Part II examination scores including medical knowledge and clinical skills
  • copy of medical degree
  • copy of document verifying residency status (e.g., alien registration card, passport, etc.)


Sept. 30 prior to your PGY-3 year


October through early January

Interviews with pediatrics are scheduled on the same day with child neurology.

Expect to meet with four to five faculty members, including:

  • the child neurology program director
  • the pediatric residency program director
  • two to three additional faculty members

You also will meet with current residents.

You will be evaluated based on information you provide in your application and during your interview. Factors considered include:

  • academic record (USMLE scores, medical school performance and letters of recommendation)
  • personality
  • communication skills
  • potential to become a successful trainee

Selection Process

Preliminary Selection

The residency program director will base preliminary selections on academic credentials:

  • USMLE parts I and II percentile score of 80 or higher, or equivalent for osteopathic medical students or Canadian examination (LMCC parts I and II)
  • at least three letters of recommendation
  • personal statement demonstrating interest in child neurology training

Foreign medical school graduates also must have:

  • passing grade on the USMLE CS examination
  • hands-on experience training in a North American clinical setting is highly desirable
  • excellent oral and written skills in English
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate

The residency program director ranks all applicants who meet minimum criteria. Candidates ranked favorably will be invited for an interview.

Final Selection

Applicants selected for ranking via the National Residency Matching Program must be acceptable to both the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Neurology. The program director, in consultation with the Residency Advisory Committee, makes the final ranking and selection.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact:

Training Program Administrator

Thomas Bellanca

Department of Neurology

1010 Main St., 2nd floor, Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: (716) 829-5060; Fax: (716) 829-5051