Schedule and Rotations

After completion of two years of general pediatrics, residents will complete 24 months of Child Neurology (CN), 12 months of adult neurology as required by the ABPN, and 2 months of call-free research during PGY3-5.  Our residents spend approximately 50% of the CN rotations on service rotations, and the remaining 50% are spent exploring individualized career development through electives and research. Residents participate in weekly Child Neurology continuity clinic throughout PGY3-5, which include both in-person and telemedicine patient appointments.

Child Neurology Service Rotations

4 Service Rotations


  • Patients with primary neurologic diagnosis
  • Dedicated Inpatient Team faculty attending with no other clinical obligations while on service
  • Other team members: pediatric interns, pediatric senior resident, PA, medical students

Inpatient Consults

  • Inpatient consults from floors, PICU, NICU, and CICU
  • Dedicated Consult Team faculty attending with no other clinical obligations while on service
  • Dedicated Faculty for Neonatal Neurology Consult service (in addition to consult attending) for NICU consultations
  • Other team members: rotating adult neurology residents, psychiatry and child psychiatry residents, pediatric residents, medical students

Outpatient Urgent/Emergency Room Consults

  • Urgent outpatient referrals emergency room visits with acute neurologic concerns

Overnight Call

  • Management of acute neurologic concerns at the hospital and within the surrounding community overnight
  • Home call with specific in-house responsibilities including: signout, feedback, and management of neurologic emergencies
  • Dedicated night-time faculty support for guidance and supervision

Child Neurology Electives

Required Electives

  • Neonatal neurology (4 weeks)
  • Neurosurgery (4 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (4 weeks)

Additional Electives

  • Away rotations (US or International)
  • EEG
  • EMG
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Epilepsy Surgery
  • Genetics/Metabolism
  • Headache
  • Neuro-critical care
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuro-otology
  • Neurodevelopmental/Developmental Medicine
  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Required for NDD)
  • Research
  • Sleep
  • Subspecialty Clinics

Adult Neurology Training

ACGME requirements include 6 months of adult neurology inpatient and 6 months of adult neurology outpatient/specialty rotations. We collaborate with the UPMC adult neurology program, and our residents complete the required 6 months of adult inpatient training and 1-2 months of adult outpatient rotations during their PGY-3 year.  Our residents are able to schedule additional adult neurology electives either in the PGY-3 year or throughout all 3 CN training years. Residents during their PGY-3 year also participate in a 2-month research elective (call free). 

6 months inpatient

  • Stroke
  • Neurology Ward Service
  • Inpatient/ER Neurology Consults
  • Night Float

6 months outpatient/electives

  • VA Hospital Clinic
  • Neuro-oncology
  • EEG
  • EMG
  • Headache
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Movement Disorders
  • Cognitive
  • Concussion
  • Neuromuscular Clinic
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuro-otology
  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Sleep

Pediatrics for the Combined CN/NDD Pathway

The first two years of training are completed in the General Pediatrics Residency Program at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, which fulfills the ABP and ABPN requirements for certification in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology. Learn more about Pediatrics-Neurology Training Requirements at the ABP website.

Required Rotations

  • Emergency Medicine and Acute Illness – 3 months (at least 2 in ED)
  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics – 1 month
  • Adolescent Medicine – 1 month
  • Term Newborn – 1 month
  • Inpatient Pediatrics (non-ICU) – 5 months (no maximum)
  • Ambulatory Experiences (including Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy) – 2 months
  • NICU – 2 months
  • PICU – 2 months
  • Additional Subspecialty – 4 months (minimum)

Fellowship training available for Child Neurology Residents in Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, Sleep, Research, Stroke, and Headache.