Child Neurology Residency Training Program Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program

Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program

Vast, limitless, wide-spectrum and varied are some of the descriptions that one might apply to a career centered in a neurodevelopmental disabilities education.  Factor in that there is a constant growing need for physicians to be trained in this field and you are looking at a very exciting opportunity.  At Boston Children’s Hospital, residents in NDD learn from some of the best practitioners and researchers in both neurological and developmental medicine in the nation.

Continuing in the same tradition as the Child Neurology training program and Developmental Medicine training program, the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program strives to educate the future leaders in this field.  Resident selections are made on a culmination of characteristics, which include academic credentials, interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship skills, dedication and unselfishness.  The ability to work cohesively with others is central to our program and for the care of each patient.

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program is a four-year curriculum that follows successful completion of two core pediatric training years in an ACGME-accredited program.  Upon completion, trainees will have fulfilled:

  • adult neurology (12 months)
  • clinical child neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities (18 months)
  • clinical and basic sciences (18 months)

Unique to our program is a skill on skill spiral of training in both child neurology and developmental medicine.  Because of the intermixing of programs throughout the four years, one has multi-access to, and is exposed and interconnected with, both programs on a continual basis.  This expands and broadens ones knowledge base and enmeshes the two disciplines into one cohesive curriculum.  Residents participate in structured blocks including, but not limited to, inpatient child neurology and epilepsy services, child neurology ICU and inpatient consults teams, outpatient child neurology and developmental clinics and adult inpatient consult teams.  Residents also participate in multispecialty clinics and in assigned weekly continuity clinics.  Neurodevelopmental Disabilities residents also participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program honing their interdisciplinary care skills beyond their medical training.


  • Two years of training in pediatrics are required for entry into the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program.
  • Because the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency and Child Neurology Residency are separate programs, applicants seeking pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Boston must apply separately to the Department of Medicine at Children’s Hospital and/or other pediatric programs for their pediatric training.

Candidates interested in applying should obtain an application from ERAS. For further information on the application process, please review the ‘Application Information and Documents’ section. Boston Children's Hospital only offers an advanced match for NDD, for a four year position beginning in 2020. Applicants should apply at the same time for general pediatrics programs. In the 2017-2018 application year there is also one Reserve position available for those who will have completed general pediatrics and will be ready to start NDD in July 2018. Matching will occur through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and will occur simultaneously with the match for general pediatrics.

Potential candidates may also wish to explore the Boston Children's Hospital Neurology and Developmental Medicine sites.  In addition, an overview of the NDD program can also be visited.

For further information regarding this residency program, please write or call:

David K. Urion, M.D.

Director, Learning Disabilities / Behavioral Neurology Program
Director of Education
Director of Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Training Programs
Charles F. Barlow Chair
Department of Neurology

Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Fegan 11
Boston, MA 02115

Elizabeth Barkoudah, MD

"From my earliest days in medicine, I had an interest in both the Neurology and Developmental fields. Making the decision to choose one over the other proved to be quite a quandary because I did not feel adequate care could be provided to my patients with training from only one facet. Enter NDD! To this day, I can remember when the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training program option became a reality. And with it, the opportunity I had dreamed of for so many years came to life, to care for neuro-motor challenged patients more comprehensively. Reflecting on the past four years, I have been granted the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the areas of Neurology, Developmental Medicine and Genetics. This has provided me with a truly multidisciplinary approach. I have made long lasting relationships with colleagues across many fields allowing me to build, branch and hone my medical skills, now and into the future. These people also afford me friendship and guidance both personally and professionally, which ultimately allows me to provide the best possible care that I can for my patients. Now, in my final year of training, I look forward to becoming a junior facility member in the Neurology Department at Boston Children's Hospital. I will be joining the ranks of so many before me serving children with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as educating the next generation of leaders in this field."