Program Overview

Our Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program is located in the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Our hospital is an academic institution of international reputation and 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 within the Division of Child Neurology and closely affiliated with the Child Neurology Residency Program.

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.

Clinical Breadth: Across the Lifespan

Clinical training at Children's and UPMC offers broad and diverse exposure in multiple settings. Continuity clinic exposure varies from community-based general pediatrics during pediatrics residency years to longitudinal developmental disabilities clinic throughout NDD training through:

Continuity clinics during the last three years are dedicated to clinics in child development and neurology. These clinics are tailored to the resident’s interests.

Schedule & Training Overview

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. 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. The final year of NDD training provides the resident a longitudinal research opportunity focused on a basic science or clinical research project.

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.

Find additional information on NDD and Child Neurology Schedule and Rotations.

Training in Patient Advocacy

The career of NDD physicians is focused on meeting the diverse medical, psychosocial, and educational needs of their patients. In addition to excellent training in subspecialty medicine, residents at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will receive training and education in:

These educational components include experiences in the LEND Program of Pittsburgh, funded by the Health and Resources Services Administration, and opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. An important component of the NDD training program is a community-based involvement in a patient advocacy group or government agency to promote understanding of patient and family needs and public health concerns.

Didactics & Conference Schedule

Mandatory conference participation includes a weekly Child Neurology Case Conference, regular journal clubs, joint didactics with Child Neurology residents, and NDD focused didactics. Additional didactics, conferences, and learning opportunities are available and abundant.

View the full Didactics and Conference schedule for NDD and Child Neurology residents.

Research Program

Exposure and mentored experiences in research are an integral component of the NDD program. This will be tailored to each resident. Research training begins during the first year of neurology training, can be continued during elective time in years 2 and 3, and can be pursued intensively in year 4. There are numerous academic and research opportunities available at the University of Pittsburgh, including clinical research activities within the division and at the University of Pittsburgh academic community that are rich and diverse.

A research project is required of all residents in the program. Residents are paired with mentors during the first year of the program, and the mentor assists the resident in developing a project that can be completed during the program. The project can be clinical or laboratory based. Each resident will complete a scholarly project, and presentation at national meetings and preparation of manuscripts for publication are encouraged.

Learn more about the Child Neurology Residency research program and current research projects.

Resident Benefits

Benefits for NDD residents are provided through UPMC Graduate Medical Education and the Division of Child Neurology. All NDD and Child Neurology residents receive stipends, support, and perks. Learn more about the benefits package.