The Child Neurology residency program at Vanderbilt is an ACGME-accredited five-year categorical residency program offering comprehensive in depth clinical training. Our mission is training well-rounded, competent, and compassionate child neurologists who will be leaders in clinical or academic medicine.
After two years of training in Pediatrics, Child Neurology residents receive 12 months of training in adult neurology where they participate in the evaluation and management of patients with a variety of neurologic diseases. Inpatient rotations in adult neurology are at the immediately adjacent Vanderbilt University Hospital and Nashville Veterans Administration (VA) hospital. Pediatric portions of the neurology training are at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, where residents learn to diagnose and treat a wide range of neurologic diseases affecting a diverse pediatric population.
Rotations and Electives
Training includes rotations in Child Neurology (including inpatient admissions, pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit, inpatient and outpatient consultation services), mandatory core rotations (including EEG, NCV/EMG, pediatric neuroradiology, neuropathology, and child psychiatry), and ample elective time.
Electives, chosen during the fourth and fifth year of training, include a full spectrum of experiences in child neurology, including general neurology, neuroradiology, epilepsy, neonatal neurology, neuropathology, neuroepidemiology, neuromuscular disease, neurogenetics, psychiatry, pediatric neurointensive care, and basic or clinical research.
Throughout each academic year, residents attend several didactic sessions each week that focus on basic neuroscience, translational and clinical neurology (including Child Neurology and other neurology-associated subspecialties). Child Neurology residents also attend additional weekly educational conferences within the Department of Neurology, including Chairman's Rounds and Neurology Grand Rounds. The Division of Child Neurology also sponsors a monthly journal club as well as conferences focusing on pediatric cases, ethics and clinical research.
For trainees interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist, our residency program provides several opportunities to work with renowned Vanderbilt neuroscientists. Specific training tracks focusing on career development as a physician-scientist are available and elective time can be utilized for laboratory work.
Our program accepts three residents each year, via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Almost all residents do two years of training in pediatrics prior to the initiation of training in Child Neurology. Our residents are eligible to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Board of Pediatrics board examinations.
Thank you for your interest in the Child Neurology residency at Vanderbilt. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about our program.
- 2013 Match - Requirements for Application
- Office of Graduate Medical Education
- Housestaff Manual (PDF)
- Resident Resources (VUNet ID required)
- Department of Pediatrics Residency Program
- Department of Neurology
- Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
- National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)
Kevin C. Ess, M.D., Ph.D.
Child Neurology Residency Program Director
Barbara Borel, Residency Program Coordinator
(615) 322-0660 firstname.lastname@example.org
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