Child Neurology Residency

  • Child Neuro
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Our program's primary pediatric teaching facility is the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. Open since June 2007, this state-of-the-art, free-standing children's hospital includes a Level 1 Trauma Center, and a National Association of Epilepsy Centers- (NAEC) designated Level 4 epilepsy center. In May 2013, DCMC expanded by opening a new bed tower that includes four Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation beds, expanded the Pediatric ICU and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and created 40 new inpatient hospital beds.  Currently under construction, an inpatient pediatric mental health unit will become the new site for inpatient experience during the required and elective Child Psychiatry training.  In addition to the Medical Center, the Dell Campus includes a separate pediatric subspecialty clinic building, the University of Texas Pediatric Research Institute, and a Ronald McDonald House. Our residents also have access to the latest in clinical neuroimaging, including ictal SPECT scanning and 3 Tessla MRI and a Magnetoencephalogram (MEG).

Our program combines the strengths of three interdependent faculty groups: Pediatrics, Neurology and Pediatric Neurology. The Dell Medical School Pediatrics Residency boasts over 35 years of experience turning interns into quality, capable pediatricians. The Pediatric teaching staff includes pediatric hospitalists, ambulatory pediatricians, and an impressive array of pediatric subspecialists and pediatric subspecialty surgeons. Our residents work directly with the faculty, including the subspecialists. This strong grounding in Pediatrics will prepare residents well for continued training in Child Neurology.

We celebrated the opening of Dell Seton Medical Center this year.  The beautiful new facility houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC)-designated Level 4 epilepsy center with six EMU beds, and a comprehensive stroke center.  Dell Seton Medical Center serves as the inpatient site for the required year of adult neurology training including both inpatient ward and consultation services.  Outpatient Neurology clinics will be held in the adjacent Health Transformation Building as well as Seton Brain and Spine Clinic in the Jefferson Building near Seton Main Medical Center.  The Dell Medical School adult neurology residency training program welcomed their first PGY-2 residents in 2007. 

The opening of Dell Medical School led to successful recruitment of many new adult neurology faculty members, including several who are primarily research-focused with national reputations in both basic science and clinical research.  The members of the adult neurology faculty are committed to teaching and trained at leading medical institutions around the country.  The faculty includes members with fellowship training in neurophysiology, neuromuscular disease and EMG, stroke, vascular and interventional neurology, behavioral neurology, multiple sclerosis and neuroimaging. Active recruitment will continue to expand the faculty to include neuro-intensivists and eventually create a dedicated Neurology ICU.  Through continued partnerships with community physicians and affiliated Dell Medical School training programs, we offer educational opportunities in numerous neurological subspecialties including neuro-oncology, movement disorders, and sleep, and allied specialties including neuropathology, interventional neuroradiology, psychiatry, and neurosurgery.

Our Child Neurology faculty will expand to 11 by the end of 2017, including five with additional fellowship training in Epilepsy and/or Clinical Neurophysiology, and one in Neuromuscular Disease, and one research-focused MD/PhD Child Neurologist—see our faculty page for more personal details.  Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit expanded to 8 beds in the new tower, with room to grow to 12. Our NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy program maintains one of the most active surgical epilepsy programs in the country, a busy ketogenic diet program, and a designated Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance multi-specialty care program. Outpatient experience includes active 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. Additional core faculty include a Pediatric PMNR physician, a board-certified Developmentalist, three Pediatric Genetics specialists, including one with training in Metabolic Genetics, and close affiliation with Texas Child Study Center for Psychiatry referrals and rotations.  

Our residency training is enhanced by inter-departmental collaboration with excellent trainees in Pediatrics, PMNR, Neurology & Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.

Research interests are wholeheartedly encouraged, and all residents will submit a poster presentation for travel to a national meeting during their training. We have a research team lead by a Neuropharmacologist that administers multiple clinical trials and contributes to generation of IRB proposals.  Each trainee will pair with a faculty mentor to guide clinical focus and research endeavors, and our faculty welcome collaboration with trainees for case reports and longer-term projects.

Austin is a beautiful and dynamic city, with a myriad of outdoor activities, live music, and a great quality of life. It has been named one of the "best places to live" by Money, U.S. News, and Kiplinger, among others. The cost of living proves much more affordable than most comparable-size or larger cities. Certainly, Texas summers require some acclimation, but October through May compensate with many months of beautiful weather. From its hike and bike trails and numerous lakes and parks to the live music scene and great restaurants, Austin is a perfect for young professionals and growing families.

After completing a child neurology residency in Austin, we expect our residents to be prepared for any professional opportunity, including private practice, academics, or entering a fellowship program. Graduates of our Pediatrics and Neurology programs have won fellowship positions at competitive programs.  2017 marked the year of our first graduation, and our graduate went on to fellowship training in Neurophysiology at University of Texas, Houston.  


Welcome from Dr. Karen Keough, Program Director:

Thank you for investigating our residency training program for Child Neurology, UT Austin Dell Medical School. We received ACGME accreditation in November 2012 and our first PGY-1 trainee started in July 2013, and celebrated our first trainee’s graduation in June 2017. Our program builds on well-established Neurology and Pediatrics training programs that have been thriving for 10 and 39 years, respectively.

As a recently-initiated program, our residents will continue to provide significant input into the development of their curriculum. While we have created rotation schedules, faculty alliances and didactic programs necessary for quality education, we welcome and encourage feedback from our trainees to shape these plans to achieve an optimal balance of exposure, service and education.

We are proud of the variety and depth of educational opportunities available to our residents. Our training hospitals include the only Adult and Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Centers in Central Texas, separate adult and pediatric epilepsy monitoring units, each designated as "Level 4" epilepsy centers by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), and a certified stroke center. The program's primary pediatric inpatient teaching facility is the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.

Our program combines the strengths of three interdependent faculty groups: Pediatrics, Neurology and Child Neurology. Additional core faculty include one Pediatric PM&R physician, a board-certified Developmentalist, three Pediatric Genetics specialists, including one with training in Metabolic Genetics, and close affiliation with Texas Child Study Center for Psychiatry referrals and rotations.

We have one Categorical PGY-1 NRMP position available. (2 years Pediatrics, then Neurology/Child Neurology for 3 years).  Only one application is necessary for this position (e.g. you do not need to apply to Pediatrics separately).  We look forward to reviewing your application, and are available to answer additional questions as you create your application list.