Program Overview

The Division of Child Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is affiliated with both the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology. The child neurology program accepts three child neurology residents each year for a three-year training program that leads to board eligibility in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with special competence in Child Neurology. For candidates who are applying for admission to the categorical Pediatrics residency as well as child neurology residency, we are pleased to offer a five-year joint program, with an integrated interview and selection process.

First Year

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

  • Seven months of ward, consult, stroke, VA, EMU and nightfloat service
  • Two months of research elective
  • Six weeks of clinical elective
  • Four weeks of vacation 

Years 2 and 3

Years 2 and 3 of the child neurology 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
  • 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 resident staff actively participates in outpatient and inpatient care.  Daily service and consultative rounds are conducted at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  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.

Didactic Conferences

There are numerous didactic conferences, including:
  • Weekly Child Neurology Case Conferences
  • Neuroradiology Rounds
  • An integrated basic and clinical neurosciences curriculum in conjunction with the adult neurology program
  • Biweekly book review sessions
  • Monthly journal clubs, EEG lectures and EMG lectures 

Please see a sample conference schedule to learn more about regularly scheduled didactic programs. 

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is the only children’s hospital in western Pennsylvania, serving a population of three million in western Pennsylvania, western Maryland, West Virginia, eastern Ohio and western New York. Children's Hospital is an academic institution of international reputation, consistently ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the United States by U.S. News and World Report, most recently in 2014. We hope you will choose to visit us to learn more about us and our programs.