Child Neurology- Applicants


Child Neurology uses ERAS and the NRMP for the match. UCSF Child Neurology offers three positions yearly. Two Categorical Program positions with Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and one Advanced Program position linked with Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Oakland (CHO).

Applicants need to submit applications in ERAS to 3 separate programs (UCSF Child Neurology, UCSF Pediatric Categorical, Children’s Hospital Oakland Pediatrics Prelim).

The programs then work as a single unit, reviewing applications and generating one interview list.

We offer a joint interview experience over 1 and 1/2 days, with the selection committee composed of Child Neurology and Adult Neurology faculty, and Pediatrics faculty from Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco (UCSF Peds) and Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (CHO Peds).

Please Note:

UCSF Eligibility, Recruitment, and Selection Policy

All applicants must be eligible for a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in California.

All applicants must have a passing score on both USMLE Step I and USMLE Step II (CS and CK) in order to be ranked in the above programs. You must have a passing score. Scores must be received and uploaded by the program rank list submission on February 20, 2020. You must have a passing score.


The UCSF Child Neurology Residency has three positions each year (2 categorical & 1 advanced). Prerequisites for UCSF Child Neurology Categorical programs include two years of general Pediatrics residency training. 

All applicants must be eligible for a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in California.
Applications to the Child Neurology Residency Program should be submitted through ERAS and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). For information about registering, please visit their website,, or call them at (866) 617-5834. UCSF applications or the Universal Application will not be accepted. Please note you must submit 3 applications to UCSF Child Neurology, UCSF Pediatric Categorical, Children’s Hospital Oakland Pediatrics Prelim. The programs then work together to coordinate application review. You should plan to include 3-4 letters of recommendation with your application from faculty who know you well and have worked with you. Your letters should include at least one from a child neurology faculty member. If you are a Ph.D. student, it is recommended one of the letters be from your Ph.D. mentor.

If you are a graduate of a foreign medical school, you must take these additional steps:

Step 1: You must hold a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This is mandatory for an appointment at this institution as well as for licensure in the State of California. You will be required to contact them and arrange to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). After you pass the examination, including the English test, you will be granted an ECFMG certificate. Their address is: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates; 3624 Market St., 4th Floor; Philadelphia PA 19104-2685; USA.

Step 2: After you have received your ECFMG certificate, and before applying for clinical training at UCSF, you must contact the Medical Board of California. They require that you complete their application form and submit various documents and records along with a processing fee. Upon a successful review of your application credentials, your education, and your USMLE scores, the CMB will issue an "Applicant Evaluation Status Letter." This letter enables you to apply for training at UCSF. A copy of this letter must be submitted to the UCSF Child Neurology program director. Please write to Medical Board of California; 1426 Howe Ave; Sacramento CA 95825-3236; USA. Tel: 916-263-2499.

ERAS 2020 Applicant Dates to remember:

  • June 6, 2019- ERAS 2020 begins
  • September 5, 2019 – Applicants may begin applying to ACGME accredited programs
  • September 15, 2019- Child Neurology residency program start receiving applications
  • October 1, 2019 – MSPEs are released to residency programs
  • October 15, 2019 – UCSF Child Neurology Applicant registration deadline

ERAS Website:

NRMP 2019-2020 Applicant Dates to remember:

  • September 15, 2019 – 2020 Match Registration opens 
  • November 30, 2019 – Applicant standard registration deadline
  • February 26, 2020 – Rank order list certification deadline
  • March 20, 2020 – Match Day!

Applicants will be able to submit their rank lists for UCSF Child Neurology linked with both or either Pediatric program, in the order desired.

  • For Categorical training (2 year of Peds time at SF and Child Neurology training at UCSF)

NRMP code: 1062185CO

  • For Advanced training (2 years of Peds time at Oakland and Child Neurology training at UCSF)

NRMP code: 1062185AO and Oakland Peds Prelim/Child Neurology: 1939320P0

NRMP Website:


Once your application is complete and available to UCSF Child Neurology, it will be forwarded to the Child Neurology Residency Selection Committee members for review. Applicants who are considered to be strong candidates for the UCSF Child Neurology Residency will be contacted to arrange for a personal interview.

2019-2020 Interview Dates for UCSF Child Neurology Residency:

Wednesday and Thursday, November 13-14, 2019

Wednesday and Thursday, December 4-5, 2019

Wednesday and Thursday, January 15-16, 2020

These dates were chosen so that the child neurology applicants can participate in a wide variety of activities that will provide a comprehensive look at our Child Neurology program and the collaborative Pediatric Programs. Applicants will begin their day with a Welcome and Introduction with the Program Directors from UCSF, followed by a facility tour, lunch with Neurology and Pediatric residents, and interviews with our selection committee members. You will then be invited to the resident Wednesday afternoon didactic and Grand Rounds lectures, and then to dinner with current residents. The next morning applicants will go to Oakland for a program overview, interviews, and a facility tour. The interview will end at 2pm on Thursday in Oakland.