The goal of the MGH Child Neurology Residency Program is to train future leaders in clinical and academic child neurology. This is accomplished through extensive exposure to clinical neurology and to basic science information as it applies to the developing nervous system. Our program, therefore, offers many opportunities to attend neuroscience lectures, Harvard CME courses, and to interface with basic and translational scientists in the Neurology Department, Massachusetts General Hospital and allied institutions, including the Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School, MIT, the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, the Lurie Center for Autism research, and other Boston-area academic institutions. Our division is supported by an NIH-R25 and NIH K12 grant to support resident and junior faculty pursing mentored basic or clinical research.
Through the course of our training program, progressively greater independence and autonomy come with greater experience. In the early years, we emphasize developing a strong foundation in clinical neurology and in the later years, residents can allocate dedicated elective time to hone their clinical skills, pursue academic interests, or gain exposure to research. The first year (PGY-3 or NM1), is spent integrated in the Partners adult neurology residency program. During this year, our residents develop a strong foundation and expertise in the neurological examination, neuroanatomy, and identification and management of complex neurological conditions in the mature brain. During this year, our residents maintain a child neurology outpatient continuity clinic and begin to develop their exposure and expertise in diseases of the developing nervous system. The NM2 and NM3 years are dedicated to evaluating pediatric neurology patients and gaining expertise in diseases of the developing nervous system. During the NM2 and NM3 year, the trainee's time and energy divided between managing our inpatient consult service, rotating through our extensive subspecialty clinics, and rotating through MGH neuropathology, neuroradiology, neurophysiology, and psychiatry and rehabilitation core selectives. In addition, dedicated elective time is set aside to allow trainees to develop their specific career interests. Early in the NM2 year, our residents gain proficiency in the developmental neurological exam and fetal and developmental neuroanatomy. As the NM2 year progresses, our residents are skilled in management of bread and butter child neurology and are increasingly comfortable recognizing and managing complex and ultra-rare metabolic, neurogenetic, and neurodegenerative syndromes. During the NM3 year, our child neurology residents take on increasing leadership and teaching responsibilities as they serve as Chief Residents. In this role, they actively contribute to developing our curriculum, teaching junior colleagues and rotating trainees from the Partners Neurology residency program, MGH Pediatrics Program, MGH Psychiatry Program, and Harvard Medical School.
Throughout the year, our residency maintains an active didactic teaching curriculum, including summer stock lectures and weekly outpatient neurology teaching conference, neuroradiology conference, neuro-oncology conference, epilepsy surgery conference, EEG conference, neuropathology conference, case presentations, MGH Neurology grand rounds, and child neurology Chief rounds. Invariably, over the course of training, our residents gain skills to think critically and contribute experience, and academic insights to our child neurology community and increasingly engage with our faculty as colleagues.
Dr. Merit Cudkowicz is the Chair of the MGH Department of Neurology. Dr. Kevin Staley is the Chief of the Child Neurology Division. Dr. Catherine Chu is the Director of the Child Neurology Residency Program. Ginny Tosney-Trask is the Administrative Director of the Child Neurology Program. We pride ourselves in our history as a training institution to many excellent clinical child neurologists and academic leaders in child neurology. As we only accept two child neurology trainees per year, we maintain a high faculty – resident ratio. Each member of our faculty and administration is dedicated to providing excellent training and mentorship to our selected child neurology residents.