Why NDD?

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) training covers the breadth of child neurology, development, and behavioral medicine, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to improve care and outcomes for complex neurodevelopmental conditions.

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. Additional experiences include training in adult developmental disabilities training for longitudinal perspective, community-based experiences in advocacy, and a year-long mentored research experience provides crucial experiences to foster success in academic medicine.

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.