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Child Neurology Residency Curriculum

The Child Neurology Residency at Indiana University School of Medicine is a five-year program that begins with two years of training in pediatrics. Three years of subspecialty training in pediatric neurology follow.

Year One

Similar to the general neurology residency program, the first year of the Child Neurology Residency emphasizes patient evaluation and management at the teaching hospitals in Indianapolis that are affiliated with the IU School of Medicine. This patient care experience enables residents to develop clinical competence in general neurology.

Months Location Service Type  Details
1.5 Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital Inpatient Service Adult Neurology consult and primary service
1.5 Eskenazi Health Inpatient Consults Adult Neurology consult service
1 Sandra Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center Outpatient Clinics General outpatient Adult Neurology
1
Your Choice Adult Neurology Elective
Options include neurooncology, neuroophthalmology and neurotoxicology. Residents can also design own electives.
2 Riley Hospital for Children
Inpatient Consults Pediatric neurology consult service. Care for neurology patients throughout the hospital, emergency department and critical care units.
2 IU Health Neuroscience Center Outpatient Clinic Outpatient Clinics Rotate through general neurology subspecialty clinics, such as MS, ALS and Movement Disorders.
3 IU Health Methodist Hospital Inpatient Consults Adult Neurology consult service at our large Stroke Center. Child Neurology residents take their only Adult Neurology call during this rotation.

Year Two

The second year of residency emphasizes the foundations of clinical neuroscience.

Months Location Service Type Details
2 (July/ August)  IU Health Neuroscience Center Non-clinical Education Two-month comprehensive neuroanatomy course with 4 hours of lecture time each morning and afternoon study sessions to learn everything from the amygdala to the zona incerta.
3 IU Health Neuroscience Center & Riley Hospital for Children  Clinical Electrophysiology Work alongside our epileptologists and learn how to read electroencephalograms (EEG). Work alongside our neuromuscular specialists and physiatrists to learn how to perform and interpret electromyography (EMG).
1 Riley Hospital for Children  Neuroradiology Review neuroimaging studies (e.g., CT, MRI, MRA and PET scans) with radiologists trained in pediatric neuroradiology.
1  Riley Outpatient Center Outpatient Child Psychiatry Clinic Residents rotate through the TAC (tic/anxiety/ compulsion) Clinic, the ADHD and disruptive behavior program and general pediatric psychiatry clinics to learn about psychiatric conditions, evaluations and treatments
1  Riley Hospital for Children Child Neurorehabilitation Care for patients in the Riley inpatient rehab unit. Residents also spend time in the outpatient PM&R clinics, including botox and TBI.
1
 Riley Hospital for Children Pediatric Neurosurgery Service
Follow inpatient pediatric neurosurgery patients and observe in the operating room to gain knowledge of common neurosurgery procedures.
3  Riley Hospital for Children Child Neurology Electives  Options include pediatric movement disorders clinic, neurogenetics, neuroNICU, and headache clinic. Residents can also design their own electives.

Year Three

In the third year of the Child Neurology Residency, residents assume roles with greater decision-making responsibility in the clinical setting. Residents enhance their teaching skills with greater roles in the ward, clinic and lecture setting.

Months Location Service Type Details
6 Riley Hospital for Children Outpatient Clinic Rotate through all outpatient pediatric neurology clinics and learn from each of our 16 Child Neurology faculty members.
4 Riley Hospital for Children Inpatient Consults Pediatric neurology consult service. Senior the team and care for neurology patients throughout the hospital, emergency department and critical care units. 
2 Riley Hospital for Children Child Neurology Electives Options include pediatric movement disorder clinic, neurogenetics, neuroNICU and headache clinic. Residents can also design their own electives. 

Academic Conferences

Child Neurology Grand Rounds Weekly conferences including interesting cases by the ward team, resident lecture series and expert review of various child neurology topics.
Board Review Conference Weekly conferences with board review as the primary goal. Topics often seen on the RITE examination and neurology boards are covered. Non-traditional teaching techniques such as jeopardy are often used. Content is flexible to adjust for areas of need among the residents.
"What's Your Diagnosis?" Monthly chairman-style case discussion. 
Book Club Monthly review of chosen topics, often adult neurology.
Neurology Grand Rounds Weekly conferences, including QA, expert review of topics and research presentations. 
Test Practice Monthly test-taking practice session and discussion.
Neuroradiology Conference Bimonthly discussion of interesting cases with the pediatric neuroradiology team.
Friday Didactics Two-hour lecture series developed by Adult Neurology Residency.
Journal Club Quarterly meetings with residents and faculty. A fun, social event held at a faculty member's home, currently done virtually.