Program Overview

The UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh 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.

The Division of Child Neurology accepts up to one Neurodevelopmental Disabilities resident each year for a combined 6-year training program with Pediatrics 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.

Clinical Breadth: Across the Lifespan

Clinical training includes broad and diverse experiences in multiple settings.

Continuity clinic during PGY3-6 consist are dedicated to clinics in child development and neurology and are tailored to the resident’s interests. Additional longitudinal experiences during NDD training include:


Schedule & Training Overview


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

NDD Years PGY-4 and 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 core clinic experiences: 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

Core 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

Mentored research experiences are integral to our NDD program, and are tailored to the interests of each resident.  Projects can be clinical or laboratory based. Residents are paired with mentors during the first year of the program to assist with project development and participate in the Child Neurology Residency research program. Presentations at national meetings and preparation of manuscripts for publication are encouraged.

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. 

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 and 5

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.