The 2017 Child Neurology Match was completed on March 17, 2017 under the auspices of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). This is the sixth year that child neurology positions have been filled via the NRMP. Prior to 2012, the positions were filled via the San Francisco Match. Some advanced data regarding the match has been made available by the NRMP with a complete set of data tables due to be released later in the spring. Importantly, some of the positions tha twere unfilled by the match may have subsequently been filled via the “Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), previously known as “the scramble”. The currently available advanced data tables do not take into account positions that were filled via SOAP. The match results for Child Neurology programs are summarized in three specific groups.
Categorical Child Neurology Programs (five year programs that include two years of general pediatrics); positions that begin June 2017
Sixty-nine programs (64 in 2016) offered 128 categorical positions (116 in 2016) in the match. Of these positions, 119 were filled and nine (from eight programs) went unfilled. Ninety-seven of the 119 matched slots were filled by US seniors.
Advanced Three-year Child Neurology Programs (applicants are required to match into a pediatrics program that is not necessarily linked to the child neurology program); positions that begin July 2019
Eleven programs (16 in 2016) offered 11 of these positions (18 in 2016) in the match. Of these positions, nine were filled and two (from two programs) went unfilled. Five of these nine matched slots were filled by US seniors.
Reserved Child Neurology Positions for either current pediatrics residents or other applicants with adequate preliminary training who would be eligible to start child neurology training in July 2017
Twenty-nine programs (28 in 2016) offered 33 of these positions (36 in 2016) in the match. Of these positions, 19 were filled and 14 (from 13 programs) were unfilled. As these are all reserved slots, none of them were filled by US senior medical students.
In summary, for child neurology positions where neurological training will begin in July 2019, there were139 positions offered and 128 were filled (92%), and for reserved positions were neurological training will begin his July, 19 of 33 positions (58%) were filled. Not taking into account any positions that may have been filled by SOAP, there are 25 unfilled positions compared with27 in the 2016 match.
Positions for the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD)programs were also filled by the NRMP and are also summarized in three specific groups.
Categorical NDD Programs that begin June 2017
Three programs (three in 2016) offered three positions (two in 2016). All three slots were filled by US seniors.
Advanced NDD programs not necessarily linked to a preliminary pediatrics program (applicants are required to match separately into a pediatrics program); positions that begin July 2019
Three programs (four in 2016) offered four positions (five in 2016) in the match. Three of these positions were filled by US seniors and one program did not fill.
Reserved NDD Positions for either current pediatrics residents or other applicants with adequate preliminary training who would be eligible to start Child Neurology/NDD training in July 2017
Two programs (one in 2016) offered two positions (one in 2016) in the match. These positions were not filled in the match.
In summary, for NDD positions where neurological training will begin in July 2019, there were seven positions offered and six were filled, and for reserved positions where neurological training will begin this July, the two offered positions were not filled.
A more complete discussion of the 2017 match results that will include positions filled by SOAP and longitudinal trends will be presented at the Professors of Child Neurology meeting in October.