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Welcome Message from Child Neurology Residency Program Training Director

Laurence WalshWelcome to the Indiana University child neurology residency training program. Our child neurology section is part of the Department of Neurology of the IU School of Medicine. This department has a rich tradition in academic neurology and a national reputation in neurological education and neuroscience research. The child neurology residency program provides outstanding training in clinical neurology and positions residents for successful transitions to subspecialty fellowships, clinical practice, and academic pursuits. We remain dedicated to training future leaders in child neurology.

The child neurology section resides within Riley Hospital for Children, the state’s largest children's hospital and one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals. Our combined five-year categorical program is allied with the IU pediatrics residency program. We are fortunate to be linked to this very competitive and nationally highly regarded program. Our strength is in clinical training, with busy outpatient and inpatient consultation services. We offer outstanding training in general child neurology and also in multiple subspecialties, including epilepsy, headache, neuromuscular disease, mitochondrial disease, pediatric stroke, spasticity and neurocutaneous disorders. The neurology department offers comprehensive training in subspecialty areas of adult neurology including behavioral neurology, epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, neuroinfectious disease, neuromuscular disorders, neuro-oncology, sleep disorders and stroke. Child neurology works closely in educational and clinical efforts with pediatrics, neurodevelopmental disabilities, pediatric neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, child psychiatry and pediatric neuroradiology. Adult portions of clinical training are coordinated with affiliated adult training programs within the Indiana University Neuroscience Center, a state-of-the-art collaborative environment that also includes research facilities for clinical and neuroimaging protocols.

The adult residency program offers training at five academic teaching hospitals in downtown Indianapolis, which are home to diverse patient populations and systems of healthcare delivery. Our academic health center has been identified by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 1% of hospitals in the country, and our medical school is the second largest in the nation. The child neurology program is ranked among the top 20 programs by US News and World Report.

The program curriculum is designed to optimize the educational value of providing patient care in combination with a thoughtfully-developed didactic series. The formal didactic program spans both child and adult neurology. In addition, we have more informal child neurology resident-faculty weekly “book clubs” that have been highly valued by the residents. Finally, all of our child neurology faculty actively participate in clinical resident teaching. This fosters close educational and working relationships among the faculty and residents throughout training.

We engage in continuous reassessment of educational goals using defined quantitative (e.g. in-service examinations) and qualitative (e.g. evaluations and feedback) outcomes measures. Resident research projects have been a highlight of the program for decades, long before becoming a requirement for neurology residency training programs and continue to provide a great avenue for intellectual stimulation for residents and faculty. Consistent with national trends, many of our graduates pursue fellowship training, and have successfully secured post-residency training at Indiana University and other well-respected institutions across the nation.

The enthusiasm of our faculty for teaching, patient care and research is reflected in our residents, and we are committed to maintaining an environment in which our residents can thrive and meet their personal and professional goals.

I wish you the best as you move forward with your career plans and look forward to meeting you if you wish to further explore Indianapolis and our training program.

Sincerely,

Laurence Walsh, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology,
Molecular and Medical Genetics, and Clinical Pediatrics
Child Neurology Residency Program Director

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