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Education and Training

Child Neurology Residency

Duke University Medical Center is a world-renowned institution offering a unique training experience in child neurology. Our residency is a three-year ACGME accredited training program in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. Upon completion of our program, graduates are eligible to take the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certifying examination. Our program offers exceptional training across all aspects of neurology. The first year is comprised of exclusively adult rotations during which the resident learns the fundamentals of the clinical neurological examination and diagnosis, appropriate use of diagnostic techniques, and overall management of neurological disease. Clinical rotations include inpatient neurology wards, inpatient neurology consults, outpatient neurology clinics (both general neurology and subspecialty clinics in sleep, epilepsy, and movements disorders), and neurointensive care.  
The second and third years of the residency are dedicated to child neurology and clinical neuroscience electives. A total of 12 months is spent on the inpatient/consult pediatric neurology service and outpatient clinics including pediatric subspecialty clinics in epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, neurofibromatosis, headache, cerebral palsy and spasticity, autism, and neurometabolic disease. Our program benefits significantly from our Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit which offers our residents unique exposure to many of the rare neurodegenerative disorders being evaluated for transplant.  

Duke University Medical Center is a world-renowned institution offering a unique training experience in child neurology.

Clinical neuroscience electives are available in child psychiatry, neuro-oncology, genetics and metabolism, electroencephalography and epilepsy, movement disorders, electromyography and neuromuscular medicine, neuroradiology, neurodevelopment and behavior, neurosurgery, neuropathology, neuro-ophthalmology, sleep, and intraoperative monitoring. A designated research rotation is required early in the second year with the goal of the resident designing his or her own research project to be worked on throughout the last two years of training. This rotation includes a series of didactic lectures on study design and biostatistics. Opportunities for a basic science research elective are also available to interested residents.  
Our program offers an academically rich environment with multiple didactic conferences available for our residents to attend including: the Basic Neuroscience Series, Clinical Neurophysiology Conference, Stroke Conference, Neurobehavioral Conference, Neurocritical Care Conference, Evidence-based Medicine, and Pediatric Neurology conference. These conferences occur daily at noon on a rotating schedule. Adult and Pediatric Neurology Morning report, Neuroscience and Pediatric Grand Rounds, Interesting Case Conference, Muscle Pathology Conference, Pediatric Neurology Journal Club, Brain Cutting, and Epilepsy Conference are each held on weekly basis and are routinely attended by our residents. As we feel these didactic programs are very important in the development and learning of our residents, every effort is made to assure that clinical duties do no encroach on these teaching activities.
Our residents also gain valuable experience in teaching and leadership throughout their training. As the residents advance in their training, they become more involved with the teaching of the rotating adult neurology, pediatric, and psychiatry residents, as well as medical students. Several formal didactic lectures and Neuroscience Grand Rounds are given by our residents throughout their last two years.  
There are many research opportunities available to the child neurology residents in our program. The division is actively involved in research collaborations with our Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Department of Neurobiology, Division of Genetics and Metabolism, and the Division of Neuroradiology, as well as the Duke Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the Duke School of Engineering, and the Duke Clinical Research Unit. Multiple research opportunities for our residents exist during their training and may even be carried on after completion of the program with these and other research programs here at Duke. 

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Sujay Kansagra, MD
Program Director