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Curriculum

The Child Neurology Residency is a five-year program designed for medical school graduates interested in a career in child neurology.

Residents spend their first two years in an accelerated training program within the Pediatric Residency. The third year is spent training in mostly adult inpatient, outpatient and elective rotations. Continuity clinic begins in the third year as one half-day a week and continues until the end of training. The fourth and fifth years of training consist mostly of child neurology rotations and electives.

Rotations

The curriculum includes 13 block rotations per year that each last four weeks. Likely rotations include:

13 Adult Neurology Rotations

  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • EMG/EEG
  • Selective and electives such as movement disorders, multiple sclerosis and cognitive neurology

26 Child Neurology Rotations

  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient (includes Keto diet clinic, spasticity clinic, MDA, concussion and autism)
  • EEG/EMU rotations
  • Pediatrics rehab
  • Genetics
  • Child psychiatry
  • Electives: Neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-oncology, movement disorders/spasticity management, cognitive/neuro behavior, headache, neuropsychiatry, pediatric neuromuscular, research and pediatric neurosurgery

Other Curriculum Components

  • All rotations occur in Austin at the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Child Neurology Consultants of Austin’s outpatient clinics and ‘Specially for Children outpatient clinics.
  • Continuity clinic is one half-day a week throughout years three through five, located at ‘Specially for Children.
  • Residents can request to complete electives elsewhere, but they must be approved by the program director and the Dell Medical School Graduate Medical Education office.
  • Residents must attend Tuesday afternoon didactics with adult neurology residents.
  • Residents must attend the child neurology Wednesday noon conference.
  • Residents must participate in monthly journal club, present case discussions and participate in Morbidity and Mortality conferences.
  • Resident quality improvement projects and research are required.
    • In addition, a paper submitted for publication is also a requirement.
  • Residents must present at the annual Department of Neurology resident research event.

About the Faculty

The team of faculty members includes experts with national reputations in both basic science and clinical research. Members of the adult neurology faculty trained at leading medical institutions around the country and are committed to teaching. The faculty includes members with fellowship training in neurophysiology, neuromuscular disease and electromyography, stroke, vascular and interventional neurology, behavioral neurology, multiple sclerosis, headache and neuroimaging. Through active recruitment, the program is expanding the faculty to include neuro-intensivists and will eventually create a dedicated neurology ICU. Through continued partnerships with community physicians and affiliated Dell Medical School training programs, the program offers educational opportunities in numerous neurological subspecialties including neuro-oncology, movement disorders and sleep; and allied specialties including neuropathology, interventional neuroradiology, psychiatry and neurosurgery.

Research interests are expected. The program has a research team led by a neuropharmacologist that administers multiple clinical trials and contributes to generations of Institutional Review Board proposals. Each trainee will pair with a faculty mentor to guide clinical focus and research endeavors, and faculty members welcome collaboration with trainees for case reports and long-term projects.

Key Training Locations

The beautiful new Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the primary teaching hospital for the school operated by Ascension Seton, is home to a Level 1 trauma center and a National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC)-designated Level 4 epilepsy center with six epilepsy monitoring unit beds and a comprehensive stroke center. The center serves as the inpatient site for the required year of adult neurology training including both inpatient ward and consultation services. Outpatient neurology clinics are held in the Health Transformation Building at Dell Med as well as the Ascension Seton Brain and Spine Clinic.

The primary pediatric teaching facility is Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Dell Children’s includes a Level 1 trauma center, pediatric ICU and an NAEC-designated Level 4 epilepsy center. An inpatient pediatric mental health unit is currently under construction.

By working with these NAEC-designated Level 4 epilepsy centers, residents train as part of nationally recognized surgical epilepsy programs including a ketogenic diet program and designated Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance multi-specialty care program. Outpatient experience includes clinics in three locations that manage all types of general neurology to prepare trainees for the vast array of conditions addressed by general child neurologists. Programmatic opportunities include participation in multidisciplinary programs for concussion, mobility and movement disorders (including botulinum therapy, baclofen pumps and deep-brain stimulator therapy) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic. Residency training is enhanced by inter-departmental collaboration with excellent trainees in pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology and child/adolescent psychiatry.