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The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Child Neurology Residency Program is a 5-year categorical program. Residents complete 2 years of general pediatrics training and 3 years of child neurology training, which includes 1 year of adult neurology training. At the end of your 5 years of training, you are eligible to take specialty certification examinations for both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with special qualifications in Child Neurology. We offer a dedicated Research Track embedded within the 3 years of child neurology training as well.
Pediatric and adolescent age group inpatient, outpatient and elective training occurs at CHLA. Adult neurology training is primarily accomplished through rotations at LAGMC Medical Center, Keck Hospital of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Select rotation arrangements can be made with other prestigious institutions in the local area.
Residents are provided 20 days of paid time off per year, with the ability to carry over to the following academic year if needed. Child Neurology Year (CNY) 2 and CNY-3 residents are provided additional time to attend annual meetings such as the Child Neurology Society annual meeting, with exception made to support those CNY-1 residents presenting at a conference.
Child neurology training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles includes robust inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences meeting all ACGME core training requirements. Our training opportunities are both within the Neurological Institute and within other subspecialties; electives at outside institutions are supported on a case-by-case basis.
Each of our academic years are comprised of thirteen 4-week blocks. This is structured using a 4+2 block schedule resulting in removal of outpatient duties from inpatient rotations.
Beyond a traditional clinically focused residency track, we offer a research track that affords dedicated, call-free, 5-blocks of research time during the CNY-2 year. This research track is designed to create clinician-scientists. Residents in this track are expected to produce 1- 2 first author publications before graduation and apply for research and foundational grants, such as the Child Neurology Foundation’s PERF grants and the NIH career development (K) awards.
Research track application and selection:
Our inpatient team is composed of CHLA neurology residents, child psychiatry fellows, adult neurology residents, medical students and nurse practitioners. The team is divided into a general neurology service and a neurocritical care service, each staffed by a separate attending. CHLA residents spend time on each service during their inpatient blocks. The general neurology service acts as both a primary service and consult service. The neurocritical care service is a consult service only.
Resident call is one week of at-home night float for residents assigned to inpatient rotation. Additionally, CNY3 do four weeks of at-home night float spread over the year. We have a jeopardy system in place for any unexpected absences of a resident from the CHLA inpatient service, pulling from those on service or those residents on elective. These jeopardy shifts are tracked by the chief resident and program director and must be repaid.
The inpatient teams at LA General Medical Center consist of a general service and a stroke service. This rotation is generally divided into 1 week on the general service, 1 week on the stroke service, 1 week of night float and 1 week as the ED consult resident.
The general service team includes:
The stroke service team includes:
Our residents rotate as part of the neurology floor/consult team at Keck Hospital. This team consists of 2 neurology residents (ranging from PGY-2 to PGY-3) staffed by neurohospitalists. There are no overnight call expectations on this rotation.
Residents rotate in the CHLA, LA General Medical Center, Keck Hospital and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital outpatient neurology clinics to experience a variety of unique subspecialty clinic exposures, including:
Residents can also rotate through various multidisciplinary clinics, including:
Child neurology residents also have their own longitudinal continuity clinic, which occurs one half day per week. Residents see hospital follow-up patients, new-onset seizure patients and new consults with a variety of general neurology concerns.
During elective blocks, residents can spend dedicated time in any of the subspecialty clinics. Elective rotation options within the Neurological Institute include the outpatient clinic experiences above, as well as:
Rotation opportunities at other departments within CHLA include:
There are educational lectures scheduled throughout the week that cover various topics within child neurology. While rotating at LA General Medical Center or Keck Hospital for adult neurology, residents attend didactic lectures offered through USC’s Adult Neurology Residency Program.
|Mandatory Sessions||Rotation Specific/Encouraged|
|Tuesday||Grand Rounds (12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)||Neuro-Oncology Conference |
(7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.)
|Wednesday||Developmental Lectures, Residency Program Meeting, Chief Chats |
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)
|Thursday||Neurology Specialty (12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)|
CHLA Epilepsy Surgery Conference
Brain Cutting with Neuropathology Fellows (2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)
Neurogenetics VUS Conference
Brain Tumor Board (3 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
|Friday||Journal Club or Board Review |
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)
EEG Review 8 a.m.
Epilepsy Fellow Lecture (1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)
Neurogenetics VUS Conference
Child neurology residents are required to complete a scholarly project during their neurology training. The goal of the scholarly project is to foster critical learning in medicine and neurology. The project must be completed or in final stages prior to graduation from the residency.
Projects can be accomplished in various domains such as research, quality improvement, education or patient advocacy. Child neurology residents will work with a faculty mentor throughout the duration of their project. Meet our child neurology residency team.
Learn more about the application process on the child neurology residency application page.