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Child Neurology Residency Program

The Department of Neurology offers a comprehensive residency training program that allows residents to thrive in two specialties. The combined Child Neurology Residency is a five-year program where residents train in pediatrics for the first two years, followed by three years in pediatric neurology.

 

Pediatrics Residency Program

One of the highest rated programs in the country, the Pediatrics Residency at IU School of Medicine enables residents to provide expert care to children amid a variety of ailments. The Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics intersect with child neurology as residents are able to hone their skills in diagnosing and treating children using their training from both disciplines.

 

Curriculum

Similar to the general neurology residency program, the first year of this program emphasizes clinical evaluation and management at the school’s partner hospitals in Indianapolis to provide clinical competence in general neurology.

  • 2 month rotation at Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital (inpatient)
  • 2 month rotation at Eskenazi Health (inpatient)
  • 2 month rotation is dedicated to outpatient neurology at Eskenazi Health
  • 2 month rotation in consults or subspecialty outpatient clinics at Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center Outpatient Clinic
  • 4 month rotation at IU Health Methodist Hospital (inpatient)

The second year of residency emphasizes the foundations of clinical neuroscience and includes:

  • a two-month comprehensive course in neuroanatomy
  • a two-month rotation on clinical electrophysiology (time is split between the EMG laboratory and the EEG laboratory)
  • one month on neuroradiology working with senior neuroradiologists to learn neuroimaging technology, including CT, MRI, MRA, angiography SPECT, PET, and interventional techniques.

Child Neurology residents also complete one-month rotation on child psychiatry and one-month rotation on child neurorehabilitation unit. Four months of elective time is generally offered in the second year.

In the third year of the child neurology program, residents assume roles with greater decision-making responsibility in the clinical setting. These residents enhance their teaching skills with greater roles in the ward, clinic and lecture setting. Six months are dedicated to running the consult service at Riley Hospital for Children and six months are devoted to outpatient child neurology at Riley Hospital for Children.