Child Neurology Residency Training Program Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities 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 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, download our brochure and please write or call:

Laura Koenigs, MD, FSAHM, FAAP
Vice Chair, Education Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UMMS-Baystate

759 Chestnut Street, S3581
Springfield, MA 01199


Elizabeth Barkoudah, MD
Assistant, Department of Neurology
Co-Director, Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Center
Assistant Program Director, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency
Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School 617-355-6388


Miya Bernson-Leung, M.D.
Director, Behavioral Neurology Clinics and Programs
Director of Education and Residency Training Programs in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Department of Neurology

Michael Oanea, MD

NDD Resident, Class of 2022, Boston Children's Hospital
"Since early on in my education, I've been fascinated by the nervous system and the genetic processes underlying its development. Through my medical education and early clinical experiences, I found that I was especially drawn to the developmental aspects of pediatric medicine--finding the greatest satisfaction through helping families with their child's unique developmental needs. When I discovered the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities, I knew that I found a specialty that would perfectly foster my desire to become an expert in neurology and to use this expertise in helping patients with what I would argue is one of the most important facets of pediatrics-development."