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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 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 includes a mix of adult and child neurology. The focus is on completing inpatient adult neurology rotations where the resident is exposed to a wide spectrum of neurological disorders, including those that are acute, chronic, common, and rare. They will also rotate through our child neurology outpatient clinics, spend some time on child neurology inpatient, and have 4 weeks of elective time. The first year includes (1 block = 2 weeks):

  • Adult neurology inpatient and consultation rotations (7 blocks)
  • Adult 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 (4 blocks)
  • Inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit for adults and children (2 blocks), Adult Neuro-ICU (1 block), Night float (2 blocks), and Urgent Outpatient/Evening Float Service (2 blocks)
  • Child neurology outpatient (3 blocks), Child neurology inpatient/urgent service (1 block)
  • Electives/Research in adult and child neurology (2 blocks) and vacation (2 blocks)
  • The on-call time will involve both adult and pediatric neurological consultation.
  • Child neurology continuity clinic

Sample PGY-3 Schedule

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 (10 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 (8 blocks)
  • Adult neurology outpatient clinics (3 blocks)
  • Elective/Research (3 blocks) and vacation (2 blocks)
  • There will be approximately 4.5 months of at-home call during this year, split into 2-week blocks

Sample PGY-4 Schedule

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. (14 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. (5 blocks)
  • Inpatient/Urgent rotation (2 blocks)
  • Outpatient rotation (1 block)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2 blocks)
  • Vacation (2 blocks)

Sample PGY-5 Schedule

Resident Call Schedule