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You should post this on the neurology forum where most neurology residents and PDs go.
Any research in neuro? It's not necessary to match, but PDs and interviewers love talking about it! and it'll help you match more competitively.
Are you letters coming from academic physicians or community physicians who volunteer to precept students? Academic neuro programs care about you having LORs from academic neurologists, so I would do a sub-I at a university program to get a letter if you don't have an academic letter.
I don't think you need any back-ups unless you're geographically limited. I think a sub-I/away rotation is a great idea to consider for you!
I wish I could have research in neuro, the school doesn’t offer much. Letters are from my preceptors at the hospital and two are from residency program directors at said hospital. Academic letter in neuro is a great idea. Thanks for your input.
Cool that makes sense thanks a lot for all the input. Its reasonable and valuable. I am trying to get an away rotation right now in neuro. I don’t have any way to get a recommendation from a neurologist as they are not many at the hospital I am at, and the ones there don’t take students.
Letters I have
One infectious disease
Two family med (one is the head of the family med residency. )
One chair letter for internal
Everyone but the chair letter knows me very well and my clinical reasoning and diagnosing skills. I worked one on one with each of them and I find that more valuable than a standard letter from someone who doesn’t know me well, but I definitely do see the value in a neuro letter. I have been fascinated by neuro my whole life, spending countless hours in those offices with my dad who has MS, and in school it’s the only block I had a solid 4.0 because I just actually wanted to learn it. We shall see how I do in the match. Again thanks for the input.
Make getting that neuro rotation + letter your top priority. Applying to this field without it is completely inadvisable. Reach out to your school/fellow students at different sites to find one if you must. Even significantly better applications than yours are likely to be turned away without a rotation/letter from within the specialty.
Just to update people I matched at my number one university program. Did one neuro rotation (not audition) and no neuro letter. She couldn’t get it in on time for me so I went without it. Very pleased with the match.