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Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Residency Program is an independent 4-year, ACGME-accredited program. Our categorical program includes two years of pediatrics training with our rigorous, ACGME-accredited pediatrics residency at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. During this time, requirements are met to fulfill the American Board of Pediatrics’ specialty pathway training; this makes residents eligible to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics at the completion of the combined 6-year training. After completion of the first two years, our residents start four years of neurodevelopmental disabilities residency training, which includes 18 months of clinical child neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and 18 months of clinical and basic science education.

NDD is a discipline particularly focused on multidisciplinary team approaches, and trains NDD residents to be not only astute clinical scholars, but also advocates and authorities in neurodevelopment.

Our exceptional faculty includes specialists in neurodevelopmental disabilities, neurometabolism, neurogenetics, pediatric stroke, neuromuscular disorders, and pediatric epilepsy. The NDD faculty works closely with faculty in psychiatry, psychology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. The NDD faculty also enjoys close working relationships with local public schools and special-needs private schools.

An NDD residency graduate will have produced original research as a result of close mentoring and excellent didactic teaching on creating effective research. The NDD graduate will have a solid understanding of how to correctly assess cognitive, motor, and emotional states of children with a broad set of illnesses using a range of neurocognitive instruments.

Finally, the graduate will have skills to lead multidisciplinary teams on behalf of patients in clinical and educational settings. With this broad and important grounding, the NDD graduate resident will have options to pursue academic careers, private practice, or a combination of the two.

At the end of six years of training, the NDD graduate resident is eligible to sit for the following boards through the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN):

  • Pediatrics (ABP)
  • Neurology with Special Certification in Child Neurology (ABPN)
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities* (ABPN)

*Must first pass boards for both Pediatrics and Child Neurology

Curriculum

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities resident enters the four-year NDD Residency Program after two years of pediatric residency training at an accredited program (this is included in our categorical residency program).

The curriculum represents a broad exposure to neurological disorders in adult neurology (1 year), pediatric neurology (1.5 years), and neurodevelopmental disabilities (1.5 years).

While there can be variation in the exact schedule, the following represents a typical program of four-week blocks:

Years 1-2
Year 3: Adult Neurology & Intro to Child Neurology
Year 4: Mastering Skills in Child Neurology
Year 5
Year 6