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Selection Policy

Department of Pediatrics
Division of Neurology Residency
Selection Policy - 2011

Applicants to the University of Michigan Pediatric Neurology Residency training program will be at different stages of training, depending on when they apply. Except for unfilled positions within 6 months of the start of training, all applications must be submitted to the Child Neurology matching program. All applicants must use the uniform application form provided by the SF match.

Candidates may be fourth year medical students in good standing at US or Canadian medical schools, or individuals who will have successfully completed two years of US or Canadian Pediatric residency training prior to the beginning of Pediatric Neurology residency.

Candidates must be able to meet the following criteria, prior to beginning their Pediatric Neurology training:

All candidates must meet the following criteria:

Only applicants who would be eligible for ABPN certification at the end of their training will be considered.

Selection

The Division of Pediatric Neurology within the University of Michigan participates in the Residency Match program run by the National Residency Matching Program.  All interested candidates must apply for residency training slots through the match program.

The  program selects from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity (ACGME Institutional Requirements II. A.2.a.).

The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age marital status, sexual orientation, disability or Vietnam era veteran status (Source: Bylaws of the Board of Regents, Chapter XIV, Sec. 14.06.)

The program director reviews all completed applications that are submitted through the NRMP match. The program director will prioritize offering interviews to individuals with strong academic potential - based on review of academic records, USMLE scores, other standardized medical examination scores, reference letters, and other accomplishments. The program director will solicit a review from an additional faculty member prior to making a decision to reject any applicant. All applicants will receive an email response within one week, but interview invitations will not be offered until both the Pediatrics and Child Neurology applications have been received and reviewed.

Selected candidates will be offered two interview dates. If the candidate is unwilling to accept either of the dates offered, the program director will decide if special arrangements should be made to accommodate the candidate. If the candidate is invited to interview for Pediatric residency here, whenever possible, interviews for Pediatric Neurology will be scheduled in conjunction with scheduled Pediatric interviews.  

Criteria for interview invitations:

Candidates who do not meet  training requirements or who cannot be eligible for ABPN certification will not be offered interviews. If candidates do not provide 3 academic references,  a “Dean’s letter”, or a letter from the director of their residency training program (if applicable), then the application is rejected. Candidates may be asked for additional information or references prior to a final decision.

Pediatric Neurology candidate interviews generally take one day, and include meetings with a group of individuals described below. The Division does not provide travel costs. If specifically requested by the candidate at the time of scheduling, the interview schedule can be compressed so that Pediatric and Pediatric Neurology interviews are completed on a single day.

Each individual provides a written evaluation of the candidate.

Among eligible applicants, ranking criteria will include: ability, aptitude, academic credentials, interest in our training program, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.  The program will not discriminate with regards to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

In March, applicants are ranked by consensus of the Pediatric Neurology faculty.

This policy is in compliance with the University of Michigan GME Policy on House Officer Selection. See also University of Michigan Graduate Medical Education: Prospective Residents & Fellows.