During elective time, second- and third-year residents can opt to do research projects, working alongside investigators at Boston Children’s, affiliated Boston hospitals, or at the Harvard and MIT Neuroscience programs. (For residents in the Neu¬rodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) program, six months of research time is required.)
The research program in Neurology at Boston Children’s is the largest and most accomplished in a pediatric facility in the world. Across the street, Boston Children’s F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center provides virtually infinite opportunities for training in molecular and developmental neuroscience and cross-fertilization between basic research and clinical medicine.
See the Resident Publications list for examples of research projects undertaken during residency elective time.
Child neurology residents at Boston Children’s Hospital have many opportunities to hone their teaching skills. Senior residents partner with attending physicians to ensure that inpatient rounds address topics relevant to the resident members of the team, and also supervise 36 to 48 fourth-year medical students, primarily from Harvard Medical School. Child neurology residents are also involved in the training of psychiatry residents and fellows in behavioral and developmental medicine. Finally, 12 to 24 physicians, often from foreign countries, participate yearly in our teaching activities, primarily as observers.