Child Neurology Residency Program
Welcome from the Program Directors
Thank you for your interest in the Vanderbilt Child Neurology residency program! Our ACGME-accredited five-year categorical program offering comprehensive clinical training. Our mission is to train well-rounded, competent, and compassionate child neurologists who will become the next leaders in clinical or academic medicine.
After completing two years of training in Pediatrics, residents complete 12 months of adult clinical neurology training where they participate in the evaluation and management of patients with a variety of neurologic diseases. Inpatient rotations in adult neurology are at the adjacent Vanderbilt University Hospital and Nashville Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. Pediatric portions of the neurology training are at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, where residents learn to diagnose and treat a wide range of neurologic diseases affecting a diverse pediatric population.
Rotations and Electives
Training includes rotations in Pediatric Neurology (including inpatient admissions, pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit, inpatient and outpatient consultation services), required core rotations (including EEG, NCV/EMG, pediatric neuroradiology, neuropathology, and child psychiatry), and ample elective time.
Electives, chosen during the fourth and fifth year of training, include a full spectrum of experiences in pediatric neurology, including general neurology, neuroradiology, epilepsy, neonatal neurology, neuropathology, neuroepidemiology, neuromuscular disease, neurogenetics, pediatric neurointensive care, and basic or clinical research.
Throughout each academic year, residents attend several didactic sessions each week that focus on basic neuroscience, translational and clinical neurology (including Child Neurology and other neurology-associated subspecialties). Child Neurology residents also attend additional weekly educational conferences within the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, including Chairman's Rounds and Pediatrics and Neurology Grand Rounds. The Division of Pediatric Neurology also sponsors a monthly journal club as well as conferences focusing on pediatric cases, ethics and clinical research.
For trainees interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist, our residency program provides opportunities to work with renowned Vanderbilt neuroscientists. Specific training tracks focusing on career development as a physician-scientist are available and elective time can be utilized for laboratory work.
Our program accepts three categorical residents each year, via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Almost all residents do two years of training in pediatrics prior to the initiation of training in Child Neurology. Our residents are eligible to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Board of Pediatrics board examinations.
Finally, while we expect applicants to choose Vanderbilt primarily for excellent training in Child Neurology, Nashville is a wonderful place to live. It is a fun, vibrant, and affordable city that offers a high quality of life with abundant cultural and music opportunities. There is an impressive restaurant scene that is getting national recognition as well as professional and college sports.
Thank you for your interest in the Child Neurology residency at Vanderbilt!
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about our program.
Kevin C. Ess, M.D., Ph.D.
Lori C. Jordan, M.D., Ph.D.
Last Edited: August 7, 2014