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.