This is a highly competitive fellowship with three positions per year. There are multiple opportunities for fellows to develop research expertise both in the subspecialty programs in the Department of Neurology at Children's National and in programs at the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute which have working relationships with the Department of Neurology. Neurology fellows have elected to extend their fellowship for one to two years to take advantage of the programs available at the National Institute of Health.
Recent Graduates of the Child Neurology Program have pursued diverse clinical and research careers including:
- Neurophysiology or Epilepsy Fellowship - University of Michigan; National Institute of Health; University of Colorado; Northwestern University
- Neurological Sciences Academic Developmental (NSADA) - National Institute Of Neurological Disorders and Stroke K12 Grant yielding three years of protected time for basic or clinical research in child neurology
- Public Health Policy - Viste Neurology Public Policy Fellowship, Capitol Hill
- Neuromuscular Fellowship - Children’s National Health System; John Hopkins University
- Neuro-oncology Fellowship - Children’s National Health System; Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Neuro-epidemiology - National Institute of Mental Health
- General Child Neurology - Children’s National Health System; Georgetown University Hospital; Kennedy Krieger
- Neurointensive Care - Children’s National Health System; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; Northwestern University Hospital
- Research in Basic Science of Neurology – several recent K08 Awards within the department
If you have any questions, please contact our fellowship coordinator, Laura Falcon at 202-476-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the program director, Marc DiSabella, DO, at email@example.com.
Training Time Line
The Child Neurology fellowship is an ACGME-accredited categorical residency position offering a two-year pediatric and a three-year neurology training program to achieve board eligibility and full qualification for a career in child neurology including board eligibility in pediatrics.
The first two years of training are spent in Pediatric Residency and include a variety of clinical rotations preparing you for your career in pediatrics and child neurology. This is followed by the child neurology residency which includes twelve months of adult neurology and two years of child neurology. Training is coordinated with the adult neurology programs at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Rotations in adult neurology include six months of inpatient training on general neurology, stroke, and epilepsy services in addition to four months of outpatient and elective training in a variety of subspecialty clinics. Two months of child neurology rotations occur during the third year of training on both ward and neuro-critical care teams to develop skills to prepare for your career in neurology and provide an opportunity to return to Children’s National. Adult neurology trainees from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine, along with those at the Armed Forces Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital complete their child neurology training at Children’s National.
The second year of the neurology program focuses on clinical child neurology, and occurs in both the inpatient and outpatient settings rotating between the Child Neurology Ward Team, Consult Team, Neuro-Critical Care Team, and Neonatal Critical Care Teams in addition to four months of electives. Electives can be used to fulfill requirements for board certification including EEG and neuroradiology or may be used to further develop research projects. The final year of training is primarily electives in child neurology, including neuropathology, neuroradiology, neurophysiology, epilepsy, and neurooncology. Three months are spent on inpatient services as well as a senior fellow, taking on increasingly supervisory roles and preparing for independent practice. Most fellows complete research projects during the final year as well, including abstracts and publications, participate in national neurology meetings and seminars, and finalize plans for future academic pursuits. All fellows participate in a half-day per week continuity clinic in child neurology throughout the entire three year program. The clinic is held in the neurology outpatient clinic at Children’s National.
Regular conferences during the child neurology training include the following weekly lectures:
- Sunrise Lecture Series - subspecialty conference by all staff members within their area of expertise
- Electroencephalography/clinical neurophysiology conference
- Epilepsy surgery conference
- Localization and neuroanatomy conference
- Intake rounds – fellow led conference to critically analyze interesting and difficult cases
- Neurology Board and RITE Review
- Monthly education day, including “Formal Intake,” Clinical Neuroscience Lectures and Journal Club