Department of Pediatrics

Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Programs


There are three different residency training pathways by which a resident can receive training in the Pediatric Neurosciences, with differences related to specific individual interests. All residency programs are categorical. Reserved positions may be available for applicants in some years.

Child Neurology Residency

The Child Neurology Residency is a five-year residency program designed for individuals interested in clinical practice and clinical research in Child Neurology. It is composed of two years of general pediatrics residency training followed by three years of neurology training. The three years of neurology training includes six block months of inpatient adult neurology, six block months of outpatient adult neurology related specialties, and 24 block months of child neurology. Graduates of this residency are eligible for ABPN and ABP board certification. This is the most common pathway for child neurology training.

Child Neurology Basic Neuroscience Residency

This program is administered by the Child Neurology Residency Program and approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. It is designed for individuals with a basic science background and long-term interests in a combined clinical plus basic neuroscience research career. This is a five-year residency program, involving one year of general pediatrics training followed by four years of child neurology training that includes three years of clinical neurology as described above and ending with one year of mentored basic neuroscience research in an affiliated laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, including at the Texas Children's Neuroscience Research Institute. The year of basic neuroscience research requires an ABPN-approved research plan and is typically an uninterrupted 12-month period. Graduates of this residency are eligible for ABPN board certification. 

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities is a six-year residency program designed for individuals with particular interest in understanding the presentation and management of neurological and developmental manifestations of a single brain condition, in learning the underlying neural pathways and pathophysiological changes contributing to different symptoms, in completing training under a multidisciplinary model, and in providing holistic and comprehensive care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. The program includes two years of pediatric training followed by four years training in neurodevelopmental disabilities, divided into 12 block months of adult neurology, 18 block months of clinical training in child neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities and 18 block months of clinical and basic science education. Given the critical importance inpatient child neurology training for clinical competence and, importantly, as an essential part of the care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, residents in our program complete the same inpatient neurology training as the other residency pathways in Pediatric Neurosciences. Additionally, outpatient rotations with a more specific focus on neurodevelopmental disabilities are woven throughout the four years of training following pediatrics. Graduates of this residency are eligible for ABP and ABPN certification to include Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. 

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