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The Most IMG-Friendly Child Neurology Programs in the US

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by Monique Cloete in IMG, Residency

Are you wondering how IMG-friendly (or unfriendly) child neurology is as a US medical specialty? Do you want to know your chances of matching in this highly competitive field? Would you love to figure out what child neurology programs an IMG would stand the best chance?

This article will give you the most up-to-date information on IMG-friendly child neurology programs. Use this information to strategize on whether – and where – to apply to maximize your chances of matching as an IMG in child neurology.


  • Child neurology is a moderately IMG-friendly specialty compared to other specialty fields.
  • However, very few residency programs fill their available positions with IMGs.
  • Some child neurology programs have a large number of IMGs with IMG rates of up to 39%.
  • See the full list of searchable residency programs to strategize where IMGs have recently been the most welcome
  • Be sure to bookmark this page – and sign up for the newsletter – to keep up with the latest residency and USMLE trends and maximize your chances of matching

Table of Contents

What is an IMG Again?

Let’s start with some definitions.

IMG: International Medical Graduate
  • You attended a medical school outside of the United States and Canada
US- vs. Non-US IMGs

IMGs consist of two sub-groups:

  • US-IMGs: US Citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in the US but went to a Caribbean medical school (a non-US school).
  • Non-US IMGs: Non-US citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in South Korea, who does not have US citizenship or a green card, and who went to medical school in South Korea.
NRMP: “National Resident Matching Program®”
  • The organization that administers the “Match.” In the Match, the NRMP pairs residency applicants with a residency program.

Note that “International Medical Graduate” (IMG) refers to the medical school you attended. Thus, a foreign citizen who attends a US medical school is NOT an IMG. However, a US citizen attending a med school outside the US would be considered an IMG. (Technically, s/he would be a US IMG).

For more on how IMGs can attain residency in the US, see The IMG’s Guide to Obtaining Residency in the United States (2022).

Child Neurology is Moderately IMG-Friendly

Looking at the % of spots filled by IMGs in the 2022 Match, we can see child neurology is among the more IMG-friendly programs even though it remains a highly competitive specialty. While most specialties had a lower percentage of positions filled by IMGs, some specialties had a much higher IMG acceptance rate.

Nevertheless, the match rate for IMGs in child neurology is among the highest of all the specialties in the 2022 Match. With only two specialties having a higher match rate:

Here are the same data represented in a table:

% Spots Filled by IMGs% Spots Filled by US IMGs% Spots Filled by non-US IMGsTotal Positions OfferedTotal # All Applicants
Child Neurology15%4%11%188182
Diagnostic Radiology8%2%6%1,1551,568
Emergency Medicine7%6%1%2,9212,813
Family Medicine21%13%8%4,9165,055
General Surgery9%3%5%1,6222,400
Internal Medicine36%9%25%9,80911,598
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics5%2%2%392458
Interventional Radiology2%0%2%169226
Neurological Surgery8%1%7%240379
Obstetrics and Gynecology5%2%3%1,5032,044
Orthopaedic Surgery2%1%1%8751,435
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation6%2%3%532725
Plastic Surgery6%1%4%194340
Radiation Oncology11%5%7%185162
Vascular Surgery7%0%7%84143

For more on the most IMG-friendly medical specialties, see this article.

The Most IMG-Friendly Child Neurology Residency Programs

While child neurology as a field is IMG-friendly compared to several other programs, very few child neurology residency programs accepted IMGs. For example, in the most recent GME census, only seven child neurology residencies filled a portion of their positions with IMGs. However, some of these residency programs had relatively high IMG rates. One had an IMG percentage of 39% (Southwestern), and four had IMG rates of 10% or higher: Nationwide (22%), Washington (20%), Baylor (18%), and Beth Israel (17%).

Here is a list of the most (and least) IMG-friendly child neurology programs. It includes data from the most recent National GME Census Survey. Percentages are of all residents in the program in 2020.

ACGME residency program codeChild Neurology residency nameCityState% residents IMG (US + Non-US)% residents US-citizen IMGs% residents non-US-citizen IMGs% residents US MD graduates% residents US DO graduatesProgram consider applicants with J-1 visa?Program consider applicants with H-1B visa?Program consider applicants with F-1 Visa (OPT 1st year)?# categorical positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# categorical positions filled (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions filled by (2021 NRMP Main Match)# applications submitted (2021 NRMP Main Match)% applicants interviewed (2020 NRMP Main Match)
1854821043University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ProgramDallasTX39831620YesNoNo551111536.6
1853821092Nationwide Children's Hospital/Ohio State University ProgramColumbusOH220224433YesNoNo550016038.3
1852821034Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium ProgramSt. LouisMO20020737YesYesYes551115547.3
1854821018Baylor College of Medicine ProgramHoustonTX18126820YesNoNo541116140.4
1852421051Children's Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School ProgramBostonMA17017830YesYesNo551116619.1
1850721023University of Colorado ProgramAuroraCO990829YesYesNo111014321.2
1854121041Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ProgramPhiladelphiaPA505950YesYesNo772017420
1850121008University of Alabama Medical Center ProgramBirminghamAL0YesNoNo22008931.1
1850321024Phoenix Children's Hospital ProgramPhoenixAZ0YesNoNo441010631.3
1850421085University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine ProgramLittle RockAR0YesYesNo11009910.5
1850500001University of California Davis Health ProgramSacramentoCA0YesNoNo
1850521006University of California (Irvine) ProgramOrangeCA0Yes22008629
1850521020University of California (San Diego) Medical Center ProgramLa JollaCA0YesNoNo220010524.6
1850521061Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford University ProgramPalo AltoCA0001000YesYesNo440011533
1850521062UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA0YesNoNo220010327.8
1850521065Children's Hospital Los Angeles ProgramLos AngelesCA0NoYesYes330012232.7
1850521069University of California (San Francisco) ProgramSan FranciscoCA0YesNoNo22119926.8
1850521075Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium ProgramLoma LindaCA0YesYesYes11008630.5
1850800078Yale-New Haven Hospital ProgramNew HavenCT0YesYesNo22009737.7
1851011010National Capital Consortium ProgramBethesdaMD0
1851021048Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University ProgramWashingtonDC0YesYesNo332028612.5
1851113100Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Jacksonville) ProgramJacksonvilleFL0NoNoNo00226037
1851118101University of Florida College of Medicine ProgramGainesvilleFL0YesNoNo100013722.6
1851218108Emory University School of Medicine ProgramAtlantaGA0YesYesYes331114126.7
1851221019Medical College of Georgia ProgramAugustaGA0Yes1000939.6
1851621001University of Chicago ProgramChicagoIL0YesNoNo220013922.7
1851621021McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University ProgramChicagoIL0001000YesYesNo330015327.4
1851721050Indiana University School of Medicine ProgramIndianapolisIN0YesNoNo2200989.8
1851831106University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ProgramIowa CityIA0YesNoNo22008133.3
1851922096Children's Mercy Hospital/University of Kansas Medical Center ProgramKansas CityMO0YesYesNo310012719.2
1852021099University of Kentucky College of Medicine ProgramLexingtonKY0YesNoNo220010825.2
1852021103University of Louisville School of Medicine ProgramLouisvilleKY0YesNoNo33009416.8
1852121022Louisiana State University ProgramNew OrleansLA0YesNoNo110011522.8
1852321027Johns Hopkins University ProgramBaltimoreMD0YesYesNo440013227.6
1852413102Boston University Medical Center ProgramBostonMA0YesYesNo111016114.7
1852421028Tufts Medical Center ProgramBostonMA0YesNoNo000013311.2
1852431067Massachusetts General Hospital ProgramBostonMA0YesYesNo220011411.5
1852500053Spectrum Health/Michigan State University ProgramGrand RapidsMI0YesNoYes2200042.1
1852521030University of Michigan Health System ProgramAnn ArborMI0YesNoNo440014438
1852521052Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University ProgramDetroitMI0YesNoNo00326439
1852621053Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester) ProgramRochesterMN0YesYesYes220012242.1
1852712095University of Mississippi Medical Center ProgramJacksonMS0YesNoNo11111067.6
1852821033St Louis University School of Medicine ProgramSt. LouisMO0YesNoNo210021019.4
1853300012Jersey Shore University Medical Center ProgramNeptuneNJ0YesNoNo2200015.4
1853321011Rutgers Health/New Jersey Medical School ProgramNewarkNJ0YesNoNo110019121.6
1853413105University of New Mexico School of Medicine ProgramAlbuquerqueNM0YesNoNo210019010.5
1853500095Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ProgramNew YorkNY0YesYesYes111000
1853512094University of Rochester ProgramRochesterNY0YesNoNo220011027.1
1853521002Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine ProgramBronxNY0YesYesNo220023631.5
1853521015New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY0YesNoNo110011816.3
1853521035University at Buffalo ProgramBuffaloNY0YesNoNo111012011.8
1853521054SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University ProgramBrooklynNY0YesNoNo220013627.9
1853521055Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Cohen Children's Medical Center ProgramLake SuccessNY0YesYesYes00221260
1853521057NYU Grossman School of Medicine ProgramNew YorkNY0YesNoNo220013315.3
1853521059New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY0YesNoNo221013021.6
1853521081Stony Brook Medicine/University Hospital ProgramStony BrookNY0YesNoNo10001248.4
1853621003University of North Carolina Hospitals ProgramChapel HillNC0YesNoNo210012711.1
1853621037Wake Forest University School of Medicine ProgramWinston SalemNC0YesNoNo220013528
1853621080Duke University Hospital ProgramDurhamNC0YesYesNo221115430.6
1853813091Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ProgramClevelandOH0YesNoNo110012825
1853821004Cleveland Clinic Foundation ProgramClevelandOH0YesYesYes221015417.2
1853821038Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ProgramCincinnatiOH000946YesNoNo550016819.2
1854023048Oregon Health & Science University ProgramPortlandOR0YesYesYes110011225.6
1854100001Geisinger Health System ProgramDanvillePA0YesNoNo
1854118042Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/DuPont Hospital for Children ProgramWilmingtonDE0YesYesNo211022011.6
1854121012UPMC Medical Education ProgramPittsburghPA0YesYesYes330014927.5
1854121040Tower Health ProgramPhiladelphiaPA0YesNoNo221014315.6
1854212101University of Puerto Rico ProgramSan JuanPR0YesNoNo1010393.8
1854518107Medical University of South Carolina ProgramCharlestonSC01000111
1854712104University of Tennessee ProgramMemphisTN0YesNoNo210011512.5
1854721042Vanderbilt University Medical Center ProgramNashvilleTN0YesYesNo441115034.7
1854818079University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School ProgramAustinTX0YesNoNo111020820.8
1854831078University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ProgramHoustonTX0YesNoNo310026031.7
1854921044University of Utah Health ProgramSalt Lake CityUT0YesNoNo330023429.8
1855121060Virginia Commonwealth University Health System ProgramRichmondVA0YesNoNo110010815.2
1855131097University of Virginia Medical Center ProgramCharlottesvilleVA0Yes110013920.8
1855421047University of Washington ProgramSeattleWA0YesYesNo330013428.5
1855618109University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics ProgramMadisonWI0YesNoNo10008017.9
1855621070Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals ProgramMilwaukeeWI0YesYesNo220012819.8

Concluding Thoughts

Even though child neurology is more IMG-friendly than several other programs, it remains a competitive residency specialty. While few child neurology residency programs filled spots with IMGs, a majority of IMGs who applied were accepted overall.

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