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Rotations expose child neurology residents to all aspects of adult and child neurology. Residents work closely, sometimes one-on-one, with attending physicians while pursuing abundant research opportunities in both clinical and basic neuroscience.
Electives, chosen in the second and third year of training, allow residents to delve deeply into subspecialties of interest, caring for diverse populations of patients. During all rotations (except international electives or rotations), the resident continues to see patients in our weekly outpatient clinics.
Child neurology clinical training is carried out entirely at Boston Children’s, with a breadth of inpatient and outpatient training experiences and electives in a wide variety of subspecialties.
EEG/EPILEPSY ROTATION (YEAR 1) Residents spend one month on the inpatient Epilepsy Service, gaining exposure to long-term EEG monitoring, EEG reading, epilepsy surgical planning and surgeries and sophisticated neuroimaging techniques such as SPECT and MEG scans.
INPATIENT CHILD NEUROLOGY ROTATION (YEARS 1 AND 3) In the third year, the child neurology resident acts as the chief resident of our large, active inpatient Neurology Service, working with adult neurology residents and pediatric residents assigned to neurology inpatient, epilepsy and consult rotations.
CONSULT ROTATION (YEAR 2) The consult service interfaces with almost all other services in the hospital. The second-year resident is responsible for all non-ICU neurology consults, one of the most visible and influential jobs in the Department of Neurology. The resident presents new consults and rounds on active consults with the attending child neurologist.
OUTPATIENT NEUROLOGY ROTATION (YEAR 2) Residents spend two- to three-month blocks of time evaluating and following a wide range of cases in a variety of ambulatory settings. Subspecialty clinics include learning disabilities, Rett syndrome, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, pediatric multiple sclerosis, mitochondrial disease and many more.
ICU/CRITICAL CARE ROTATION (YEAR 2) Working closely with the attending physician in critical care neurology, residents provide rapid and comprehensive patient care in Boston Children’s cardiac, medical/surgical and neonatal intensive care units, as well as the NICUs at Brigham and Women’s and Beth Israel hospitals.
To satisfy board certification requirements, each child neurology resident at Boston Children’s spends 12 months on adult neurology rotations at our affiliated hospitals.
YEAR 1 Residents spend approximately 9 months at the Partners Program (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and the Harvard Neurology Program (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) training in the inpatient ward, Neurosurgery and adult ICU.
YEAR 2 Adult neurology training concludes on the neurology consult service in the Harvard Neurology Program.
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