Child Neurology Fellowship
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is the neurology team arranged at Children’s National Medical Center?We have three services at CNMC – a ward service, a consult service, and a PICU/NICU service. Each team has their own set of fellows and resident taking care of patients. PICU/NICU attendings are specifically involved in the clinical care of these patients along with research in these areas. Adult neurology rotators from the George Washington University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital help cover all of these services along with other local training programs including Walter Reed Medical Center and Howard University Hospital.
2. How busy is the inpatient ward service?
We have a busy inpatient ward service with a maximum census of 25 patients, however on average you should expect 8-15 patients on the neurology service each day.
3. What is the board pass rate for graduates from Children’s National Medical Center?
We have a 100% board pass rate for more than seven years. To help continue this trend, in addition to strong clinical rotations and didactics, there is a two month neurology board review course given each year to trainees.
4. How many neurology beds are there?
CNMC is a 303-bed free-standing Children’s Hospital with a dedicated 25-bed neurology floor including 14 video EEG beds, along with a 54-bed NICU and 35-bed PICU.
5. How many elective months are given to trainees in child neurology?
There are 12 months of electives for trainees. 1 month is used during the PGY-3 year and typically used to begin a research interest or project, although opportunities exist for outpatient child neurology, EEG, or radiology among others. 2 months are used in the PGY-4 year, and the final 9 months are during the PGY-5 year. Required elective include pathology which is often done through the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Coursework, pediatric neuro-radiology, pediatric psychiatry, and electrophysiology. Other electives may include a variety of outpatient clinics such as those in leukodystrophy, neuromuscular, headache, stroke, neurofibromatosis, brain tumors, neonatal brain injury, neurogenetics, and neuro-ophthalmology.
6. Where is the adult neurology portion of the training completed?
Residents complete their adult neurology year at either the George Washington University Medical Center or the Georgetown University Hospital, both of which have excellent reputations and provide strong training in basics of neuroanatomy and adult neurologic disorders.