Program Overview

The Division of Child Neurology accepts up to 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 night float service
  • Two months of research elective
  • Six weeks of clinical elective
  • Four weeks of 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 Child Development. In addition, the NDD resident spends time in specialty clinics and completes a community advocacy project. These experiences afford the resident mentored responsibility for the care of his or her own outpatients with increasing independence. 

The residents actively participate 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.

Mandatory conference participation includes a weekly Child Neurology Case Conference, regular journal clubs, didactics, and NDD focused didactics. 

Child Neurology and Child Development are located in UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 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.

We are proud of our NDD graduates who are in academic settings and contributing to medical education. See our alumni page here