Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Training Programs | Rotations

Rotations expose child neurology residents to all aspects of adult and child neurology. Residents work closely, sometimes one on one, with attending physicians while pursuing abundant research opportunities in both clinical and basic neuroscience.

Electives allow residents to delve deeply into subspecialties of interest. During all rotations (except away rotations), residents continue to see patients in our weekly outpatient clinics.

Adult Neurology rotations, Years 1 and 2

To satisfy board certification requirements, each child neurology resident at Boston Children’s spends 12 months on adult neurology rotations at our affiliated hospitals. In addition to the six months of inpatient rotations, other adult rotations include outpatient adult neurology, electrophysiology, and neuropathology.

  • YEAR 1: Residents rotate between Harvard Medical School’s Mass General Brigham Neurology Residency Program, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston Childrens’ Child Neurology Residency Program in inpatient and neurosurgery wards.
  • YEAR 2: Adult neurology training concludes on the neurology consult service in the Harvard Neurology Program.

Child Neurology rotations Years 1, 2, and 3

Child neurology clinical training is carried out entirely at Boston Children’s, with a breadth of inpatient and outpatient training experiences and electives in a wide variety of subspecialties.

  • INPATIENT CHILD NEUROLOGY ROTATION (YEARS 1 AND 3): In the first year, the child neurology resident is the primary physician responsible for our large, active inpatient neurology service. Residents return in the third year to lead this service, preparing for independent practice, with the attending as backup. These residents work with rotating adult neurology residents, pediatric residents, and medical students.
  • EPILEPSY ROTATION (YEAR 1): Residents spend one month with the inpatient epilepsy service, gaining exposure to patients with complex and refractory epilepsy, long-term EEG monitoring, EEG reading, epilepsy surgical planning, and surgeries and sophisticated neuro­imaging techniques such as SPECT and MEG scans.
  • ED AND CONSULT ROTATIONS (YEARS 1 AND 2): The ED and floor consult services interface with almost all other services in the hospital. The residents are responsible for all non-ICU neurology consults in the ED or the rest of the hospital — one of the most visible and influential jobs in the Department of Neurology. The resident presents new consults and rounds on active consults with the attending child neurologist.
  • OUTPATIENT NEUROLOGY ROTATION (YEAR 2): Residents spend two- to three-month blocks of time evaluating and following a wide range of cases in a variety of ambulatory settings. Subspecialty clinics include learning disabilitiesRett syndromeneurofibromatosistuberous sclerosis, pediatric multiple sclerosismitochondrial disease, neonatal, neuromuscular, neuroimmunology, autism, and cerebral palsy clinics.
  • ICU/CRITICAL CARE ROTATION (YEAR 2): Working closely with the attending physician in critical care neurology, residents provide rapid and comprehensive patient care in Boston Children’s cardiac, medical/surgical, and neonatal intensive care units, as well as the NICUs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.