About the Program

The UNC Child Neurology Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited categorical, five-year program (PGY1-PGY5) that accepts one resident per year. The first two years are spent with the Department of Pediatrics followed by three years with the Department of Neurology.

Applications are submitted through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system. Applicants need only apply to the UNC Child Neurology residency via ERAS – a separate application to UNC Pediatrics is not necessary.

A special agreement exists between the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) whereby an applicant who completes at least two years of accredited training in general comprehensive pediatrics and the neurology training necessary to meet the requirements for certification in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology, fulfills the training requirements of both the ABP and the ABPN.

The American Board of Pediatrics requires the following schedule for the Pediatric portion of training:

  • 5 units Inpatient Pediatrics
  • 2 units NICU
  • 2 units PICU
  • 3 units Emergency Medicine/Acute Illness (at least 2 months in ED)
  • 2 units Ambulatory Experience to include Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy
  • 4 units Subspecialty (at least 3 units of core subspecialties)
  • 1 unit Adolescent Medicine
  • 1 unit Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
  • 1 unit Normal Newborn Experience
  • QI Project

More information about the first two years of the residency program is available on the UNC Department of Pediatrics website.

PGY-3 child neurology residents will generally complete five months of ward rotation, and one month of each of the following: clinic rotation, consults/ER coverage, child neurology, elective, neurophysiology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry.

PGY-4 child neurology residents will complete three consecutive months of a neurophysiology rotation. This is designed by the resident’s interests and may include any variation of EMG, EEG, or polysomnogram interpretations. Residents will have a greater number of their rotations as a PGY-4 resident on the pediatric neurology service.

PGY-5 Child neurology residents will do additional rotations on the pediatric neurology service and various electives that will include neurosurgery and pediatric rehabilitation. 

Child Neurology residents will complete at least 12 months of adult neurology service over the course of their three years. 

Didactics
PGY-1 and PGY-2 pediatric residents should participate in the Educational Opportunities offered by the Department of Pediatrics.

During the PGY-3 through PGY-5 years, an extensive didactic program is offered through the Department of Neurology, including Thursday noon sessions with Dr. Michael Tennison to prepare for the RITE exam.

Boot Camp
The Department of Neurology offers two months of boot camp for PGY-3 child neurology residents to help them transition into the department after two years as a pediatric resident. The boot camp is designed to introduce important principles of neurological care to newly minted PGY-3 child neurology residents and to help them transition into junior neurology resident status.

The boot camp lasts two summer months (July and August) and includes lectures, interactive clinical case sessions and hands-on labs. Each week is dedicated to a different aspect of neurological care: general neurology, stroke care, neurological intensive care and the challenges of initial night shifts in a hospital. The boot camp covers such topics as neurological exams in adult and pediatric populations, neurological emergencies, MOCK acute stroke exercises, LP simulator lab experience, common neurological consults and neuroimaging.

The camp culminates with a Jeopardy day and pizza party to celebrate the hard work and the steep learning curve of our junior residents.

General benefits (health, dental, life, and AD&D insurance) for residents are provided by the UNC Hospitals Office of Graduate Education (GME) office. Optional benefits for residents, spouses, and dependents are also available through the GME office.

Additional benefits provided by the Department of Neurology:

  • The Department pays the registration fee for the ABPN certification exam for all residents who successfully complete the residency training program.
  • Four weeks of paid vacation each year, one week of which includes either Christmas or New Year's Day.
  • Paid membership to the American Academy of Neurology.
  • Annual book and travel allowance for all residents. Senior residents are provided with additional funds to pay for travel and registration to attend the annual AAN meeting. In addition, supplemental travel funds will be provided to any resident presenting original work at meetings or medical conferences.
  • Meal allowance for each in-house overnight on-call period to be used in the many UNC Hospitals eateries.
Questions about the Child Neurology Residency Program should be directed to:

Dr.
Paul CarneyResidency Program Director or Dr. Yael Shiloh-Malawsky, Assistant Program Director through our
Residency Program Coordinators,
Taylor Striker and Sharon Ward, at rescoord@neurology.unc.edu

Questions about the Child Neurology application status and interviews should be directed to:

Kelly Lear – Pediatrics Residency Program Coordinator
Call (919) 966-3172 or email klear@med.unc.edu