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The child neurology clinical training at Cincinnati Children’s includes 24 months of rotations in child neurology service areas. One year is spent in required rotation areas, and the remaining time is spent in elective areas. Learn more about the individual service areas.
These rotations occur throughout the three-year training program. Cincinnati Children’s has a dedicated neuroscience inpatient floor with a nursing staff that specializes in managing neurological and neurosurgical problems. The child neurology resident supervises the pediatric resident inpatient team and is exposed to a variety of experiences related to general neurology, epilepsy and headache. Call is from home.
Consult rotations occur throughout the three-year training program. Consults occur throughout the hospital on general and specialty medical, surgical and intensive care units. This provides residents with opportunities to gain broad clinical experience. The resident conducts rounds on active consults and presents new consults to an attending child neurologist. The consult resident also takes part in educating and mentoring medical students. Call, shared with the inpatient resident, is from home.
These rotations are an important part of first-year residency and continue for all three years of the program. The goal of the outpatient rotation is to expose residents to a wide variety of neurological conditions as they are most commonly seen in practice – in clinic. This training includes neurology clinics in epilepsies, headache, neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, neonatal disorders, concussion, metabolic disorders, neuro-oncology and tuberous sclerosis. This rotation is designed to help residents identify possible areas of specialization. In the final year of training, residents may elect to spend more time in outpatient clinical areas, based on their interests.
This one-month rotation in the Epilepsy Service at Cincinnati Children’s provides exposure to intractable epilepsies, pseudoseizures and other epilepsies and paroxysmal disorders. Educational opportunities include experience with long-term EEG monitoring, EEG reading, epilepsy surgical planning, epilepsy surgery and sophisticated neuroimaging techniques such as FMRI, PET, SPECT and MEG scans.
These rotations occur throughout the three-year training program. Required “electives” in this rotation include training in electrophysiology / EEG, psychiatry, neuropathology and neuroradiology. Other optional electives include study of specific epilepsy programs, headache, neuromuscular disease, movement disorders, tuberous sclerosis, neurosurgery, neuropharmacology, neurogenetics, neonatal neurology, metabolic diseases, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis / inflammatory diseases, neuro-oncology, neuropsychology, palliative care and rotations abroad or at other institutions.
During all rotations, residents care for their own patients in the weekly outpatient continuity clinic, supervised by an experienced senior faculty member. Continuity clinic includes a broad range of neurological conditions.
Clinical child neurologists need to understand studies of epidemiology, diagnostic tests and new treatments. An academic child neurologist needs time during training to develop a research focus and research skills. For both, a first-hand research experience is extremely valuable.
Throughout training, Cincinnati Children's provides a structured framework for designing and performing research, including dedicated noon research conferences and support from a PhD statistician. This provides an opportunity to train in research methodology, as well as complete and present a mentored protocol in clinical or basic research.
Each resident has a primary research mentor and planned elective research rotations. Residents have monthly journal club sessions, and also present ideas, methods and results at divisional research and scientific review meetings. This allows for constructive input from clinical and basic researchers into resident projects. Our residents regularly present research at national and international scientific and medical conferences.
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