How to Choose a School for a Pediatric Neurology Degree Program

Those interested in becoming pediatric neurologists will have to complete medical school, a pediatric residency and a pediatric neurological residency. Schools and residencies must be accredited by the LCME.

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Pediatric neurology programs train students to diagnose and treat neurological disorders, such as epilepsy and cerebral palsy, in children. Students can choose between a variety of medical schools that can prepare them for a career in this field.

Top 10 Pediatric Medical Schools

These are the ten best pediatric medical schools in the country as of 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report.

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition (In-state, 2015-2016)*
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private $52,210
Harvard University Boston, MA 4-year, Private $55,850
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 4-year, Public $29,680
University of Colorado Aurora, CO 4-year, Public $35,678
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, Public $33,519
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private $48,750
Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX 4-year, Private $19,650
University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public $32,751
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Public $50,010
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4-year, Private $58,460

Source: *U.S. News & World Report

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School Selection Criteria

Students interested in pediatric neurology programs may want to keep these considerations in mind when choosing between schools:

  • Prospective pediatric neurologists should investigate whether a medical school offers neurology-specific courses and rotations.
  • Students should find out whether the school has an on-campus American Academy of Neurology (AAN) chapter.
  • Students should explore school-sponsored opportunities to observe or take part in neurological research or shadow working neurologists.
  • Students should take a look at the school's residency placement rates.

Medical School

During the first two years of medical school, known as the pre-clinical years, students complete class and lab work, including learning about anatomy and pharmacology in relation to neurology. In the final two years, which involve clinical rotations, they learn about diagnosis and treatment of disorders.

Pediatric Residency Programs

Pediatric residencies provide in-depth education in the primary care of children. Residents learn in both clinical and ambulatory settings, gaining experience on the floor and on-call. The first year of a pediatric residency often is devoted to shadowing and observing doctors. The following years allow residents the opportunity to apply their knowledge with greater independence.

Pediatric Neurology Residency Programs

Pediatric neurology residents typically spend their first year completing clinical rotations in the general neurology department, where they learn basics such as obtaining neurological histories and performing exams. In the second and third years of their residencies, they usually split their time between work in pediatric neurology clinics and elective opportunities.

By earning a medical degree from a school with strong offerings in pediatric neurology and then completing a relevant residency programs, students can prepare for a successful career in the field.

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