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Find a Job
- Job listings
- Search the Neurology Career Center
- Transitioning to Practice
- Find Career Transitions resources at the Neurology Career Center.
- It's never too early to start looking for a job. Some places will hire you two years out and pay a stipend.
- Keep your Curriculum Vitae (CV) updated at all times.
- Neurologists are needed everywhere. Find the areas of the country you want to live, then search for the job.
- Don't ask about finances during the first interview.
- Don't sign a contract unless you are happy with it.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true.
- Licenses take months to get approval. Apply early.
- Watch the webinar: Timeline for Transitioning to Practice.
- Build your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Find CV and Interview resources at the Neurology Career Center.
- Keep your CV short and succinct, yet show your residency and medical school accomplishments.
- Create a short cover letter to go with your CV. The cover letter should describe who you are and what you are looking for in a career.
- Proofread your CV. Have someone else proofread your CV.
- Use a consistent font and style throughout.
- Use black font and white paper only. Use basic fonts.
- Use your university email address, not your personal email address.
Cover Letter and CV Templates:
- Employment Contracts
- Find Employment Contracts resources at the Neurology Career Center.
- Read the contract. Have your spouse, friends, or parents read the contract. Have a medical contract lawyer read the contract.
- Contracts are legally binding and there must be compromise on both sides.
- If it is not in the contract, it doesn't exist. Verbal understandings do not count.
- If you don't ask for it, you won't get it. Make a list of what you need and what you want. Ask for it all at one time. You won't get everything.
- Know what you can expect to make in three to five years. Know how you get promoted, get bonuses, or become partner.
- Do not overlook call schedule, vacation time, CME time, insurance, CME stipend, bonuses, moving expenses.
- Do not sign the contract if you do not like it.
- Use a Recruiter
- View the webinar: Working Successfully With a Recruiter.
- Practice Management
FREE for residents! Practice Management webinars help you gain valuable insight and tools to help navigate through the changes that lay ahead in the new health care landscape.
- View upcoming live webinars
- Discover previously recorded webinars
- Developed specifically for residents: “Resident Review: 2016 Neurology Compensation and Productivity”
- Featured AAN Career Center webinar: Learn basics about malpractice insurance.
- Research Grants
Where to Find Grants
- Many early-career grants will required a funded mentor.
- Compile a list of grants for all stages in your career (see above).
- Start with the NIH in not only your field, but related fields NCI and NINDS for Neuro-oncology for example.
- Find any other big institutes that support research: NSF, AHRQ, (DoD, VA, etc.)
- Look also to organizations that are general (AAN, ANA/American Brain Foundation, SfN, etc.) and specific (AHA, AASM, etc.)
- Look to foundations ( ALSA, NMSS, SRS, etc.)
- Look intramurally (standard intramural funding, career-promotion awards, etc.)
How to Write a Grant
- The NINDS offers a good overview of grant preparation:
- Figure out the grant's purpose: K awards are to develop independent research careers, R25 is for developing a technique and priming a research career (preliminary data for K awards), etc.
- Detail and transparent organization with a clear plan (month-by-month even) helps to reassure the granting organization of your future success.
- Have your internal group and mentor review your application before submission.
- Consider IRB/IACUC submission in advance.
- Continually be writing and submitting grants (about 10-15 per year).
- Stagger funding/application in order to ensure continual flow of funds.
- Add electronic reminders of grant deadlines to your calendar.
Career timeline for researchers
- A good consideration for what to expect from the NINDK website.
- Consider your trajectory: basic vs clinical research:
- Basic science research is often favored by major academic institutions.
- If hoping to make clinical trials a career, you must be involved in Class I or II trials only, and must be very proactive about recruiting in order to be on the paper.
- You must clearly define your role through being an active participant in order to establish credibility and publication.
- Board Exams
Considerations in Applying for Boards
- Apply for boards starting in January or February.
- The test is typically in September each year.
- The cost is around $3,000.
- You need a full unrestricted license prior to taking the boards.
- Visit the ABPN for more information.
Board Study Tips
- Study for the RITE® exam each year, and use the RITE to identify weaker areas.
- Study throughout residency with a reference text or board review book.
- Dedicate two to three months prior to the boards for more intensive review.
- Make flashcards of information for easy memorization.
- Relax two to three days before the test. Take the day off before the test.
- Do not schedule calls the week of the test.