Pediatric Neurology Residency Program
Welcome to Yale Pediatric Neurology at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about our residency program. The Section of Pediatric Neurology is part of the Department of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine (YSM). Our section's mission is to meet the healthcare needs of infants, children, and adolescents with neurological disorders, advance knowledge through research, and train the next generation of pediatric neurologists in our residency program.
The Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurology Residency Program is a combined five-year categorical program that includes two years of general Pediatrics training at the Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Pediatrics Residency Program, one year of adult neurology training and two years of intensive training in Pediatric Neurology. Occasionally, we offer an advanced position for residents who finished the required two years of general pediatrics training outside Yale.
After completing two years of training in general pediatrics, residents complete 12 months of adult clinical neurology training, where they participate in evaluating and managing patients with various neurologic diseases. Inpatient rotations in adult neurology are at the Yale New Haven Hospital and VA Hospital. The pediatric portion of the neurology training is at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, where residents learn to diagnose and treat a wide range of neurologic diseases affecting a diverse pediatric population. During outpatient pediatric neurology rotations, residents rotate through general and subspecialty clinics. Our Program offers the following pediatric neurology subspecialty clinics: Epilepsy, First Seizure, Ketogenic Diet, Movement Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuro-Oncology, Neurofibromatosis, Tuberous sclerosis, Headache, Spina Bifida, Neurodevelopment, and Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinics. Our close working relationship with the Yale Child Study Center offers vast educational opportunities in dyslexia, learning disabilities, behavioral and developmental disorders, ADHD, and autism.
Our faculty is comprised of outstanding pediatric neurology clinicians, educators, and researchers. They dedicate their efforts to providing our residents with a broad educational experience. Our training site offers optimal diversity of patient-care opportunities ranging from the most common to the rarest neurological disorders in children and adolescents. Our faculty provides mentorship throughout your residency training. Our Residency Program aims to train residents who achieve their personal career goals and develop the foundation for a rewarding career in private practice or academic pediatric neurology.
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The Program is designed to:
- Provide a broad educational experience in basic neuroscience to form the foundation for understanding and applying clinical neurology principles and to prepare physicians for academic careers.
- Provide vast opportunities for progressive experience and responsibility in caring for adult and pediatric patients with neurological conditions, and train physicians to become competent and skilled child neurologists.
- Provide well-rounded exposure to many related disciplines, including but not limited to neuropathology, electroencephalography, electromyography, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, neurodevelopmental disorders, and rehabilitation medicine.
- Provide opportunities, mentorship, and support for scholarly and research activities tailored to resident interests.
Training Program by Year
During the first year of residency, the focus is on clinical adult neurology training. The resident will rotate through various inpatient and outpatient rotations at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the West Haven Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. The primary goal of this year is to become competent in all aspects of clinical adult neurology, including care of acute and chronic neurologic problems, and to become skilled at exam-based localization. Residents participate in various educational programs, including weekly grand rounds, daily morning reports, and noon core lecture series. In addition to patient care responsibilities on the ward and in outpatient adult neurology clinics, residents also have two to three elective blocks in clinical neuroscience focused on adult neurology, such as EEG, neuropathology, and neuroradiology (among others). Residents also participate in the teaching of medical students during their required neurology clinical clerkship. The first year of training also includes one or two blocks of pediatric neurology, one on the wards, and one in outpatient clinics. This clinical experience will allow the trainee to learn essential skills of obtaining a neurologic history, performing a neurologic examination, and developing a differential diagnosis in the pediatric setting. Starting in the PGY3 year, residents attend their weekly continuity pediatric neurology clinic.
During the second year, residents complete five blocks of inpatient pediatric neurology and three blocks of outpatient pediatric neurology. Residents rotate through various pediatric neurology clinics during the outpatient pediatric neurology blocks. The remaining five blocks are flexibly reserved for electives and research. During the elective blocks, residents can choose from a wide range of opportunities, including neuropathology, EEG/epilepsy, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and EMG. During one of these flexible months, the resident will rotate to the child psychiatry service. Each resident's schedule is tailored to meet core educational needs as well as the interests and career goals of the resident. The ward blocks provide great clinical exposure to the complete range of neurological illnesses throughout the age spectrum, from pre-term infants to young adults. In addition to a busy ward and consult service, residents also benefit from experience in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Residents also work in various general and subspecialty pediatric neurology clinics (including epilepsy, neuromuscular, neuro-oncology, genetics, and movement disorders clinics), where members of the full-time faculty staff cases. The residents are also responsible for organizing and presenting at weekly case conferences. In addition, the resident supervises and assists in teaching junior residents and medical students. The resident continues to see patients in the weekly continuity clinic throughout the year.
In the program's final year, residents have five blocks of ward and three blocks of outpatient pediatric neurology rotations. Residents refines skills in clinical pediatric neurology and develop a more prominent role in teaching other residents and medical students. One to two blocks are in adult neurology, and another three blocks are for electives and research. Residents continue to see patients in the weekly continuity clinic throughout the year.
Candidates generally apply for our five-year categorical program during their final year of medical school.
Our program offers two categorical training positions per year filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are only accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants do not need to apply separately to the Yale Pediatrics Residency Program.
Pediatric Neurology, Pediatrics, and Neurology Residency Programs will review all applications. The interviews are conducted in one-day sessions between late October and late January of the following year. Since 2020, all interviews have been held via Zoom. We expect this to stay the same for the 2023-2024 interview season. You will have the opportunity to interview at least two Pediatric Neurology faculty and either the Program Director or the Associate Program Director for both Pediatrics and Adult Neurology Programs. We ask all applicants to review the materials on this web page and the materials emailed to you before the interview.
2023-2024 Interview Dates
Monday, October 30, 2023
Monday, November 13, 2023
Monday, December 4, 2023
Monday, December 18, 2023
Monday, January 8, 2024
Salary & Benefits
Salary stipends for 2023-2024 are:
- PGY 1 $75,811
- PGY 2 $79,602
- PGY 3 $83,582
- PGY 4 $87,761
- PGY 5 $92,149
- PGY 6 $96,757
- PGY 7 $101,594
- PGY 8 $106,674
Yale Pediatric Neurology House Staff get a full range of benefits from Yale-New Haven Hospital that include, but are not limited to:
- Vacation (4 weeks annually)
- Life Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Malpractice Insurance
- Medical/Family Leave
- Professional Leave
- Employee and Family Resources Program
- Financial Benefits Program
- Fitness Center
- Public Transit Program
- Child Care Center
- On-Call Facilities
- COVID-19 Hazard Pay
Please visit the Yale-New Haven Hospital Office of Graduate Medical Education website for additional information.