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Curriculum

The following is the basic layout of the 3 years of Child Neurology training.  The UR Child Neurology residency program supports the idea of flexibility in residency, and thus will work with residents to adjust this schedule somewhat to meet the needs of an individual resident based on their interests. The possible tracks that residents may choose to follow include a Research Track, Practice Track, Educational Track, or Global Health Track. The latter would include experiences rotating in Sub-Saharan Africa with our international neurology specialists.

First Year Child Neurology (PGY-3)

The first year is spent learning primarily about neurologic problems in adults. The resident is exposed to a wide spectrum of neurological disorders, including those that are acute, chronic, common and rare. The first year of training includes (1 block = 4 weeks):

  • Adult neurology inpatient and consultation rotations (3 blocks)
  • General neurology and sub-specialty outpatient rotations including the neuromuscular disease clinic, epilepsy center, multiple sclerosis center, memory care clinic, neuro-oncology, headache, and movement disorders clinics (3.5 blocks)
  • Inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit (1 block), Neuro-ICU (0.5 block), Night float (2, 0.5 blocks), and Urgent Outpatient Service (2, 0.5 blocks)
  • Electives/Research (2 blocks) and vacation (1 block)
  • The on-call time will involve both adult and pediatric neurological consultation
  • Child neurology continuity clinic

Second Year Child Neurology (PGY-4)

The second year emphasizes clinical training in child neurology. The year includes:

  • Inpatient/Urgent service – inpatient admitting service + consult service (including consultations for pediatric floor inpatients, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units), and urgent outpatients referrals. (5 blocks)
  • Outpatient rotation –include experience in general Child Neurology as well as subspecialty clinics for children with epilepsy, movement disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, brain tumors, demyelinating disorders, headache, and Tourette syndrome. (5.5 blocks)
  • Elective/Research (1.5 blocks) and vacation (1 block)
  • There will be approximately 4.5 months of at-home call during this year, split into 2- or 4-week blocks

Third Year Child Neurology (PGY-5)

  • Elective and/or research time – options to get more experience with developmental disabilities, movement disorders, headache, palliative care, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-otology, neuro-genetics and metabolic disease, demyelinating disease, neuromuscular disease, neuro-oncology, child and adolescent psychiatry, and private practice, EEG, neuroradiology, EMG, neuropathology, and more. (7 blocks)
  • Mind, Brain, Behavior course instructor – 2nd year medical student neuroscience course.  This is an excellent opportunity for the resident to re-learn basic neuroscience and neuroanatomy, and to gain experience as a medical educator.  (2.5 blocks)
  • Inpatient/Urgent rotation (1 block)
  • Outpatient rotation(0.5 block)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1 block)
  • Vacation (1 block)

Sample Block Schedules Link

Resident Call Schedule

Educational Activities

Teaching conferences

The Department of Neurology schedules a wide range of educational conferences. In addition to these departmental conferences, a large number of conferences concerning the neurosciences take place within the University of Rochester Medical Center. These include conferences in the Departments of Medicine, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Pharmacology, Genetics, and others.  The Child Neurology residency program works closely with the adult Neurology program to run an outstanding line-up of teaching conferences.  This collaboration enhances the learning of both groups of residents by increasing exposure to a more diverse set of neurologic topics and perspectives.

Main Teaching Conferences

  • Neurogenetics Conference – twice monthly conference where child neurology, neurogenetics, and medical genetics come together to discuss interesting cases and topics.
  • Combined Adult and Child General Neurology Teaching Conferences
  • Child Neurology Lecture Series - core lecture series in child neurology, which features a two year non-repeating catalogue that covers all relevant topics in child neurology for clinical practice and for board certification.
  • Child Neurology Division Conference - faculty, residents, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical students gather to present on various topics of their choosing throughout the year. Included in this series are patient presentations and journal article discussions. This is a favorite conference among the faculty, and is a great opportunity to learn from one another.
  • Thursday Morning Patient of the Week Conference - series designed specifically for the child neurology residents to present interesting cases from the inpatient or outpatient services. It is led by Dr. Jonathan Mink, division chair, and is an invaluable conference for reinforcing core clinical topics as well as improving clinical skills.