Child Neurology Training Program

About the Training Program

The child neurology residency training program seeks to produce physicians who are experts in the care of children with both acute and chronic neurological diseases. We offer categorical positions each year and reserved positions when available. The neurology component consists of two years of child neurology and one year of adult neurology. Adult neurology rotations are at the University of Southern California. We have numerous child neurology subspecialties and specialty clinics. There is a dedicated teaching faculty from multiple backgrounds that will help assist you to achieve your career goals, whether academic, clinical, or educational.

Our past residents have had great post training success and have a 100% board passage rate over the past 5 years. The trainee is exposed to a wide variety of diagnoses, receives a strong didactic experience, and has opportunities for research and teaching. The categorical positions offer pediatric training in an outstanding pediatric residency.

Why CHLA?

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a regional referral center and a global resource for pediatric clinical care, research, and teaching. Our main hospital is a 495-bed quaternary care facility. CHLA has been named one of the nation’s top 10 best children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report, and it is ranked first in California.

CHLA is located in the heart of Los Angeles with easy access to all of Southern California’s world famous attractions.

Learn More about the Training Program

  • Goals and Objectives
  • Schedule
  • Inpatient Service
  • Subspecialty Programs and Clinics
  • Research/Neuroscientist Track
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching Experience
  1. To train child neurology residents in comprehensive diagnosis and management of both common and rare neurological conditions affecting neonates, children and adolescents. Although all clinical care is supervised by child neurology attendings, it is expected that the resident will become progressively more capable of independent decision making as training progresses, ultimately able to provide comprehensive neurologic care of very complex, critically ill children.
  2. To train child neurology residenst in clinical adult neurology, through rotations at adult institutions, primarily LAC-USC. While it is recognized that child neurology resident will be board certified in neurology and fully trained in basic diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in adults, it is not expected that expertise will match that of a fully committed adult neurologist. However, by completion of the residency, the child neurology resident must be capable of providing comprehensive adult neurological care.
  3. To train child neurology resident in basic neurological science including but not limited to neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuroanatomy, neuroendocrinology, neuropathology and neurogenetics.
  4. To train child neurology resident in specific skills needed in the practice of neurology, including, but not limited to, clinical electrophysiology (EEG, EMG, NCVs, evoked potential studies), neuroradiology, neuropathology, psychiatry, neuroopthalmology.
  5. To train child neurology residents in the appropriate management and application of ancillary therapies such as pediatric neurorehabilitation, neuropsychological and psychometric testing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavior modification.
  6. To have the child neurology resident understand the ethical issues involved in the care of pediatric patients, including end of life issues, termination of support in severely brain injured individuals, and choices regarding palliative care. To train the child neurology resident in normal, variant normal and abnormal child development. To impart research skills including, but not necessarily limited to, clinical research design, data collection, biostatistical analysis, presentation at meetings, and manuscript preparation.
  7. To facilitate learning bench research techniques when there is particular interest.
  8. To impart teaching skills, including the ability to teach in a clinical setting, give seminars, lectures to colleagues and trainees, and teach community physicians.
  9. To assist the child neurology resident in preparing teaching materials on basic neurologic subjects. To train child neurology residents in the use of community resources, particularly for handicapped children and adolescents, including, but not limited to, schools, Regional Centers, public programs for supportive care and therapy, and community voluntary organizations.
  10. To have the child neurology resident understand how health care financing impacts upon both the practice of child neurology and upon resources and services available for our patients, and to have them learn skills to negotiate this increasingly challenging system.
  11. The child neurology resident will learn to informally assess cost-effectiveness of various modalities of care, particularly to be able to decide between various options.
  12. To have the child neurology resident develop exceptionally good communication skills, both with patients, parents, hospital staff and colleagues in and out of the hospital. This includes the ability to communicate back to referring physicians and agencies in succinct written or dictated form.
  13. To encourage community service by encouraging the child neurology resident to become familiar with and, when possible, involved in programs such as the Epilepsy Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Tourette Syndrome Association, and other parent or community run groups. 
  • Year 1: 5 months child neurology, 5 months adult neurology, 2 months selective
  • Year 2: 5 months child neurology, 5 months adult neurology, 2 months selective
  • Year 3: 2 months child neurology, 2 months adult neurology, 8 months selective
  • 12 months of adult neurology consists of 6 months inpatient service and 6 months of outpatient rotations
  • 12 months  of child neurology includes 2 months of outpatient clinic and 10 months inpatient service
  • 12 months of selectives must include 2 months of neurocritical care and 1 month of psychiatry
  • Continuity clinic is ½ day per week during entirety of residency
  • Vacations are generally taken as two week blocks during selectives
  • In house call during 6 months of adult inpatient service,
  • Home call for child neurology rotations and adult outpatient rotations
  • Selectives are call free

The inpatient service is divided into the general neurology service and the neurocritical care service. The general neurology service has a primary service with pediatric housestaff, the consult service, and also handles ketogenic diet admissions. The neurocritical care service covers the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, and cardiothoracic intensive care unit. There is also an epilepsy monitoring unit.

  • Children’s comprehensive epilepsy center which includes the epilepsy surgery program with dedicated epilepsy monitoring unit, VNS clinic, and ketogenic diet program.
  • Epilepsy fellowship
  • Neurocritical Care program
  • Movement disorders program including DBS, baclofen pump, and chemical denervation
  • Multidisciplinary MDA/neuromuscular clinic
  • Neuro-immunology and MS clinic
  • Multidisciplinary neurocutaneous clinic
  • Multidisciplinary stroke clinic
  • Multidisciplinary neurometabolic clinic
  • Neonatal high risk clinic
  • Maternal-fetal consults
  • Inpatient rehabilitation unit
  • Weekly neuroscience conference
  • Monthly neurology didactics
  • Weekly EEG conference
  • Weekly Chief of Service rounds
  • Weekly neuropathology conference
  • Weekly GME core curriculum
  • Weekly neuro-oncology conference
  • Weekly epilepsy surgery conference
  • General pediatric grand rounds, morning report, and noon conference
  • Journal club
  • Residents are given the opportunity to teach and assume administrative responsibilities
  • Present lectures at the neuroscience conference
  • Teach third and fourth year USC medical students, general pediatric residents, and child psychiatry fellows
  • Administrative duties include preparation of the monthly on-call list by the senior child neurologist on service

How to Apply

CHLA Child Neurology training program is a part of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Our program takes applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). If you are interested in applying for our program, you will need to apply through ERAS application process.

All applications for the residency training program must be submitted through ERAS and must consist of at least the following:

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (not necessarily from the Department Chair)
  • Dean's letter
  • A copy of your USMLE score(s)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • For International Medical Graduates, we also require an Evaluation Status Letter from the Medical Board of California in Sacramento

All documentation must be received before an applicant's file is reviewed. Applicant files are processed in the order in which they are received. Program staff begins interviewing potential candidates in mid-October and continue through the end of January.

  • Program Fast Facts
  • Where Do Trainees Go When They Graduate?

AGME Accredited:  yes
Fellows per year:  3
Duration: 3 years
Postgraduate training required: 2 years general pediatrics or 1 year general pediatrics + 1 year neuroscience research
Neuroscientist research track: yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: no
Sample Contract: click here
Salary Minimums:
First year fellow:  $61,072
Second year fellow: $63,344
Third year fellow: $65,018

Benefits Include: Health and dental insurance, 14 days paid vacation + 6 personal days, and generous educational/CME stipend, meal allowance

Our past trainees have gone onto prestigious fellowships, academic general neurology, academic neuroscience, and private practice.

Recent graduate’s fellowship placement include:

  • Neuromuscular Medicine – University of California Los Angeles
  • Clinical Neurophysiology – Children’s Hospital Orange County
  • Multiple Sclerosis / Neuroimmunology Clinician Scientist Fellowship – University of California San Francisco
  • Pediatric Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology – Miami Children’s Hospital
  • Multiple Sclerosis / Neuroimmunology – University of Southern California
  • Movement Disorders – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles / USC