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Kirsten Erwin kle27@drexel.edu

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

Research related to neurology is especially important to match in the highly competitive programs. It may be clinical or basic science oriented. In order to match to any program, a strong interest in neurology should be demonstrated, which does not necessarily mean research.

What can students do in the 1st and 2nd years to explore and/or prepare for this career?

Sign up for shadowing with the Student Interest Group in Neurology

Are research opportunities available in your department?

Yes there are opportunities within the Drexel Neurosciences Institute. Dr. Maxwell is a helpful resource to identify mentors within our department.

Are shadowing opportunities available?

Yes, it is easiest to arrange this via the Student Interest Group in Neurology.

Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?

Away rotations are helpful but not essential to matching. I often recommend them because they help establish your interest in the field and expose you to subspecialty rotations not found at our home sites. If you have a specific region or program where you would like to match, the can increase your chance of matching there- if you perform well.

What career opportunities exist after training?

Mixed inpatient- outpatient, hospitalist, outpatient only, fellowship, research and non-research, private and academic practice, with and without procedures. Clinical neurologists of all types are in demand.

How would you describe the career-life balance for this specialty?

Schedules in this specialty very widely. They may be similar to a primary care physician, but neurologists usually spend more time per patient. Overnight call and weekend coverage is typical, but outpatient-only exists. Neurolologists do work hard.

What resources (eg: websites, books, professional groups) would you recommend for students interested in learning more about this field?
American Academy of Neurology website
What are the most important qualities or character traits for a person in this field?

Good neurologists combine strong people skills and analytical thinking skills. Being genuinely excited by the nervous system is a must.

Go to the Drexel Careers Development Center for information on residency planning, match results, FREIDA (lists of residency training programs across the country) and more.

Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN): sign.ducom@gmail.com

Specialty Description

A neurologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of disease or impaired function of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, muscles, and autonomic nervous system, as well as the blood vessels that relate to these structures. (Source: http://www.aamc.org/students/cim/pub_neurology.htm)

Time Requirement

The residency training program for neurology is four years. Certification in any of the subspecialties requires an additional one to three years of training.


National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.

Residency Application and Match Info*

  National Statistic DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 27.0 7.5
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 6.9 8.0


Application Services ERAS  

Matching Program

Drexel Match Data --2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 -2018

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information:Careers in Medicine
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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Advising Website pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.