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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 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.
Adult Neurology Year (PGY-3)
NDD Years PGY-4 & PGY-5 (cumulatively)
NDD Year (PGY-6)*
Find additional information on NDD and Child Neurology Schedule and Rotations.
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.
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.
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:
Learn more about the Child Neurology Residency research program and current research projects.
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.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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