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

Adult Neurology Year (PGY-3)

  • 6 months of inpatient service on ward, consult, stroke, and night float service 
  • 2 months of research elective 
  • 3 months of clinical elective 
  • 3 weeks of "Boot Camp" adult neurology didactics/sessions on management of acute neurologic concerns
  • 4 weeks of vacation

NDD Years PGY-4 & PGY-5 (cumulatively) 

  • 12 months of clinical child neurology
    • Includes service rotations on Inpatient Neurology Ward, Inpatient Neurology Consults, Outpatient/ER Consults, and Night Call
  • 12 months of electives

NDD Year (PGY-6)*

  • Longitudinal research project focused on clinical or basic science
  • Completion of community advocacy project

Community Clinic 

  • Weekly throughout training
  • 2 continuity clinics: one in Child Neurology and one in Child Development

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 and can be clinical or laboratory based. 

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 to assist with the project development. Presentation at national meetings and preparation of manuscripts for publication are encouraged. 

Research training schedule:

  • 8 weeks in PGY-3 year
  • Intensive experience in PGY-6 (or PGY-5)
  • Additional opportunities for research electives during PGY-4 & 5

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.