Pediatric Residency Program Schedule

The pediatric neurology resident enters the three-year Child Neurology Residency Program at UT Southwestern after two years of pediatric residency training at an accredited program. While there can be variation in the exact schedule for a pediatric neurology trainee, the following represents an average three-year program.

Year 1

  • 9 months of adult neurology at our affiliated adult neurology institutions.
  • 3 months of pediatric neurology services at Children’s Medical Center.

Year 1 is primarily devoted to obtaining competence in adult neurology. Typically, three blocks are spent on a child neurology rotation and one block on a basic science selective rotation. The remaining nine blocks are divided into four-week blocks with rotations involving adult neurology wards, consults, and emergency room at any of the adult facilities (Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas Veterans Administration, Zale Lipshy University Hospital). Two of these blocks are on Adult Epilepsy with coverage of the adult in-patient epilepsy monitoring unit. The exact schedule for the adult neurology rotations is determined by the Adult Neurology Residency Director and the Adult Chief Neurology Resident.

The second and third years of the program comprise 12-15 months of pediatric neurology service, three months of subspecialty rotations with adult neurology faculty, and the remainder of the time in approved neurology electives. These electives provide sufficient flexibility as to be tailored to each resident’s particular interests, including clinical or basic neuroscience research.

Year 2

Year 2 begins the pediatric neurology experience more fully.  Four blocks of adult neurology occur sometime during this year. This experience could be as senior consult resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital depending on the needs of the Adult Neurology program as determined by the Adult Residency Director. There are six blocks of direct patient care experiences at either Children's Medical Center or Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. There is one block of basic science selective. Electives make up the remaining two blocks.

Year 3

Year 3 completes the pediatric neurology training. Nine blocks at either Children's Medical Center or Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and one block of child psychiatry complete the requirement for direct patient care responsibilities for eligibility for board certification in neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. The remaining three blocks are for electives in neurologic-related fields and can include research projects approved by the faculty and program director. Projects may begin in the second year of training.

The curriculum for the entire program is in accordance with ACGME requirements. The curriculum represents a broad exposure to neurological disorders in adults (year 1) and children (years 2 and 3).

The Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD) residency under the direction of Dr. Patricia Evans is an independent 4-year ACGME-accredited program. The NDD resident follows a similar curriculum as core child neurology but focuses on the evaluation and management of children with neurogenetic syndromes or developmental disorders, such as autism.

Our exceptional Child Neurology faculty includes specialists in pediatric epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology, neurobehavioral neurology, neurometabolism and neurogenetics, pediatric stroke, neonatal neurology, neuromuscular disorders, and pediatric headache.

Pediatric Neurology Residency Rotations

1st Year

# Blocks

Parkland Hospital / ZLUH Stroke Service

2

Parkland Hospital / ZLUH General Neurology Service

2

Veterans Administration Hospital Consult Service

2

Aston Clinic Outpatient Subspecialty clinics

1

Adult Neuromuscular Outpatient clinic

1

EMU/EEG

1

Child Neurology Wards – Children’s Medical Center

3

Basic Sciences: Neuropathology

1

Vacation/Conference/Board Preparation

3 weeks

2nd Year

# Blocks

Parkland Hospital - Zale Stroke Service

1

Parkland Hospital - Zale General Neurology Service

1

EMU/EEG

1

Parkland Hospital – Neuro-ICU

1

Child Neurology Wards

4

Child Neurology EMU

1

Child Neurology Outpatient – Children’s Medical Center

1

Basic Sciences: Neuroradiology

1

Electives

2

Vacation/Conference/Board preparation

3 weeks

3rd Year

# Blocks

Child Neurology Wards

5

Child Neurology Outpatient – Children’s Medical Center

3

Child Neurology Outpatient – Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

1

Child Psychiatry

1

Electives

3

Vacation/Conference/Board preparation

3 weeks