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Program Overview

The Division of Child Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center is affiliated with both the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology. The program accepts 2 (up to 3) fellows per year for the 5-year categorical residency program. The first 2 years are completed with the Department of Pediatrics, which enables residents to be board eligible for the American Board of Pediatrics. The following 3 years of neurology training leads to board eligibility in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with special competence in Child Neurology. There is a joint-interview process with the Department of Pediatrics for acceptance into the categorical child neurology residency program. 

This year, we are also offering an advanced neurology position. It is available for applicants who have completed two or three years of pediatric training and wish to pursue a fellowship in neurology. The position will start July 2018.

Neurology Training

First Year

The first year of neurology starts with a Neurology Boot Camp of 3 full days of didactics, followed by primarily adult neurology training and child neurology experiences in the second half of the year: 

  • Six months of Adult Neurology including: ward, stroke, Neuro ICU, Neuromuscular/EMG, EMU, and admitting night float
  • Three to four months of inpatient Pediatric Neurology including: ward and consult
  • Two to three months of clinical elective, including 2 weeks of outpatient specialty clinic
  • Pediatric neurology continuity clinic every Tuesday
  • Four weeks of vacation

Second and Third Year

Child neurology senior residents have more opportunity to explore subspecialties of interest. The training consists of approximately 10.5-11.5 additional months of inpatient clinical child neurology, 1 additional month of inpatient adult neurology, additional outpatient child and adult neurology rotations, and about 9 months of electives. 

  • Ten to eleven months of ward and consult (Pediatric Neurology) over both years
  • 1 month of inpatient Adult neurology: oncology and general consult (during PGY4 year)
  • 1 month of child psychiatry
  • 1 month of Pediatric EMU
  • 1 month of required Pediatric Neurology Outpatient experience
  • Pediatric neurology continuity clinic every Tuesday
  • Four weeks of vacation per training year 

Didactic Conferences 

There are numerous didactic conferences, including: 

  • Child Neurology Case Conferences with the Division Chief
  • Neuroradiology Rounds 
  • "DeVivo Rounds" – interesting cases are presented by residents to Dr. DeVivo
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery teaching conference
  • Daily integrated basic and clinical neurosciences curriculum in conjunction with the adult neurology program
  • Monthly journal clubs, EEG lectures, PICU lectures, and NICU lectures

Please see our conference schedule to learn more about a typical day for a neurology resident.