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Education Program

 

Clinical curriculum includes basic topics of pediatric neurology including development, autism/behavior, epilepsy/neurophysiology, headaches, metabolic/mitochondrial disease, infectious disease, traumatic brain injury, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and neuroradiology.
Weekly pediatric neurology conferences are organized by the pediatric neurology trainees, and alternate between case presentations by the rotating adult neurology and pediatrics residents, journal club presented by the trainees and faculty, and lectures from visiting faculty. Additionally, trainees participate in weekly neurology education that includes Neurology grand rounds, a weekly neuropathology conference and lectures in other aspects of clinical neurology.

Pediatric neurology trainees are also expected to actively participate in teaching of medical students and adult neurology and pediatrics residents. Not only is informal teaching on clinical hospital rounds encouraged, but trainees provide lectures on a variety of neurological topics at both pediatrics and neurology conferences.

Trainees also attend weekly pediatrics fellows' conferences that cover a variety of topics including career/transition mentorship as well as research guidance provided by faculty. Additionally, trainees have the opportunity to present their own research at these conferences, getting feedback from faculty and their peers.

Basic Science Education

Basic science education is incorporated in a 4-hour lecture series every Wednesday through the Department of Neurology as well as a variety of other conferences throughout the week.  Additional seminars are available through the School of Medicine's various departments (i.e. physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology etc.).  An academic course is available through the Department of Pediatrics, which provides trainees with an introduction to the preparation of abstracts, presentations (oral and poster), manuscripts and grants.