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Schools for Neurology

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Mcatsaymeow, Feb 16, 2017.

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  1. Mcatsaymeow

    Mcatsaymeow 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2015
    I have a graduate degree in neuroscience and am really really banking on being able to match to Neurology. It's the whole reason I became interested in medicine. To what extent does the school you attend affect your likelihood of getting into a particular specialty? What (if any) schools are amazing for neurology?
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  3. Miami Thrice

    Miami Thrice

    Nov 14, 2016
    Speaking strictly as an amateur, from interviewing at the University of Illinois' Peoria location the campus screamed neurology, specifically because it is next to the Illinois Neurological Institute (and not a whole ton else). I'd imagine at any schools if you show interest in a specialty, handle your business on Step 1, and do research related to it you would be in good shape. I only mention this location because convenience was so obvious.

    The pro's on here can definitely offer more blanket advice, figured I would share this observation since it may be of interest.
  4. Dermpire


    Feb 12, 2016
    Literally doesn't matter which US MD or DO school you attend. Neurology isn't super competitive, so assuming you pass your classes, step exams, and graduate you should be fine.

    However it would probably be better to attend a school with a home neurology program for the sake of research, shadowing, advising.
  5. Lawper

    Lawper Orbiting 2+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2014
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    Any US MD school will give you the best chances of matching into neurology. Like any specialty, as long as you do well on the boards, classes, rotations etc. you can match anywhere you like. Having research done in med school may also be an additional plus.
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  6. efle

    efle not an elf Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2014
    Are you aiming to keep up the research and be in academic neuro? Or no longer interested in research and just want to see patients all day?
  7. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Of US Seniors (MD, 2014 ), 379 matched into Neuro as their preferred specialty. Only 10 did not.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2017
  8. WedgeDawg

    WedgeDawg on rotations, may not respond, sry SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2012
    It's relatively easy to get into Neurology from any school. Obviously the top academic residencies will highly value research and prior academic work in general, so if you want to become an academic neurologist, it would help to go to a research heavy school, particularly one with a prolific neurology department. It's not a requirement, but it'll help.
  9. White Coat Hopefuls

    White Coat Hopefuls

    Feb 15, 2017
    Like others have said, getting into a certain specialty doesn't matter so much what medical school you attend. I think it does, however, make a difference depending where you want to go in a specific specialty. For instance, if you want to be heavy in academics, go to a big academic hospital-based medical school. I may get some flak for this, but a lot of DO schools just aren't as research-heavy, let alone very specific research. If you're looking to do neuro research, you may be better served and have more opportunities at an institution that gets better funding. Even though you are thinking neurology now, realize it may change, so try to target a school that is well rounded and associated with a teaching hospital that has people researching stuff, whatever it may be.
  10. You're My Boy Blue

    You're My Boy Blue Second Time's a Charm 2+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2015
    Side note: Why is neurology not considered competitive? It doesn't seem like many people apply to neurology residencies. What are the downsides of the field?
    Haven't entered medical school yet and am going in with an open mind, but if I was forced to pick a field today I would choose neuro.
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  11. Mcatsaymeow

    Mcatsaymeow 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2015
    I am mainly interested in practicing, but ideally I could have a hand in some clinical research as well
  12. BurghStudent

    BurghStudent lurker 7+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    From my experience, neurology is a great field, but it's also stressful. Strokes occur around the clock, and they can be depressing- for the hours you work you might see that pay as barely enough or too little. A lot of outpatient subspecialties in neurology can seem boring, for example headaches, or epilepsy, or movement disorders. IMO the "too repetitive" complaint can be applied to any specialty, medicine to surgery. Our minds are hungry and make patterns out of everything.

    I also think neurology suffers from lack of exposure. Neurology is not a required core clerkship at many medical schools. I think more people would go into neurology if it was a fellowship after internal medicine. Thankfully it's not.
  13. Mcatsaymeow

    Mcatsaymeow 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2015
    From what I've learned, Neurology is on the lower end pay-wise. It's also a really different day-to-day lifestyle from something like internal med, and a lot of people are offput by the "doom and gloom"
  14. Mcatsaymeow

    Mcatsaymeow 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2015
    Yes! This is why I'm concerned about where I go. I want to have a core clerkship and offered elective rotations if possible
  15. BurghStudent

    BurghStudent lurker 7+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Like the others said, you can literally go anywhere. If you have such a strong interest, it would be good to have a core clerkship, but even then you can always do an elective at another institution. You can't go wrong anywhere that has a home neurology program. Considering other things, like grading scheme, tuition, location, you could research individual schools to see if they offer a core clerkship/have a neurology residency.

    With your background and a good effort in school, you'll match regardless of where you go. (Average Step 1 is 230)
  16. CharlieBillings

    CharlieBillings 2+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    Do you know of an obvious or typical reason those 10 might not have matched? Or were they possibly just the 10 least competitive of the 389?
  17. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    One of them had a sky high Step 1, 4 of them barely passed.
    In my experience, when people don't match in Neuro it's not a single causal factor.
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  18. FindMeOnTheLinks

    FindMeOnTheLinks 2+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    Low pay to hours worked ratio
    Difficult lifestyle - strokes don't care about your schedule
    It can be very diagnostic, but not much "fixing" unless you do a fellowship
    The patients can be depresssing because many of the diseases we can't really do all that much about (though this is getting better i.e. in the next 10-15 years we will probably be able to prevent development of Alzheimer's)
    Subject matter is difficult for many med students in the preclinical years
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