Why NDD?

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) training offers the breadth of child neurology, development, and behavioral medicine. NDD training provides a multidisciplinary approach to improve care and outcomes for complex conditions affecting the developing nervous system. Important clinical experience includes adult developmental disabilities training to provide a longitudinal view on conditions that originate in childhood and community-based experiences in advocacy to better help patients with special needs. A full year of dedicated mentored research provides crucial experiences to foster success in academic medicine.

At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, in addition to becoming an expert in treating neurologic conditions in the pediatric population, our NDD residents have more in-depth exposure to caring for patients with developmental disabilities, including autism, intellectual disability, metabolic and genetic conditions, and those with concurrent CNS and neuromuscular conditions. Our program emphasizes clinical training while gaining an understanding of biopsychosocial factors which impact prognosis and outcomes and provides exposure to patient advocacy and bioethics. Trainees are encouraged to develop their clinical and research interests.

In addition to all aspects of Child Neurology training, our program also includes:

  • Research Year (call-free, typically during PGY-5 or PGY-6 year)
  • Dual Continuity Clinics in both Child Neurology and NDD
  • Participation in the LEND Program of Pittsburgh in a supervisory clinical role
  • NDD-focused didactics curriculum
  • Opportunity for community project in patient advocacy

Graduates from our program have gone on to pursue careers in academic facilities across the country as clinicians, educators, and researchers.

Visit the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Training website for more information about NDD training in general.