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Miya Asato, MD
Program Director,
Disabilities Residency
Associate Director,
Child Neurology
Residency Program

The Division of Child Neurology accepts one Neurodevelopmental Disabilities resident each year for a four-year training program that leads to board eligibility in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and in Neurology with special competence in Child Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  For candidates who are applying for admission to the categorical Pediatrics Residency as well as the child neurology residency, we will have an integrated interview and admission process.

Prerequisites for acceptance into this program include completion of a minimum of two years of an ACGME-approved residency program in pediatrics and steps I, II and III of the USMLE. Foreign medical graduates must have up-to-date ECFMG certification.

The first year of adult neurology training starts with three weeks of didactic training in neurology and continues with a mix of the following:

  • Seven months of ward, consult, stroke, VA, EMU and nightfloat service
  • Two months of research elective
  • Six weeks of clinical elective
  • Four weeks vacation 
Years 2 and 3 of training consist of 12 months of clinical child neurology and 12 months of electives including mandatory rotations on child psychiatry and pediatric neurosurgery. Additional electives include EEG, EMG, neuroradiology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. An international rotation can be arranged. A mandatory weekly continuity clinic affords each resident mentored responsibility in the care of his or her outpatients. Please see a sample schedule to learn more about the clinical rotations and available electives. The final year of NDD training provides the resident a longitudinal research opportunity focused on a basic science or clinical research project. Our goal is to prepare NDD physicians for an academic career in medicine.

Continuity experiences occur in Child Neurology and Developmental Medicine. In addition, the NDD resident spends time in the role of a clinical supervisor in the LEND Program. These experiences afford the resident mentored responsibility for the care of his or her own outpatients with increasing independence.

The resident staff actively participates in outpatient and inpatient care. Daily service and consultative rounds are conducted at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The Division of Child Neurology provides consultative services not only within Children’s Hospital, but to Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC’s neonatal nursery as well.

Mandatory conference participation includes a weekly Child Neurology Case Conference, regular Journal Clubs, and twice monthly Textbook Review Discussion Section

Child Neurology and Developmental Medicine are located in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, an academic institution of international reputation. This is the only children’s hospital in the western Pennsylvania region, serving a population of several million in western Pennsylvania, western Maryland, West Virginia, eastern Ohio, and western New York.

Last Update
July 19, 2013
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Last Update
July 19, 2013