Child Neurology Residency
The child neurology residency at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque offers a combined, ACGME-accredited, five-year residency. We accept one resident per year.
As a resident, you'll gain training that prepares you to practice independently as a board-certified child neurologist. You'll be able to provide appropriate care for neurologic diseases while continuing on the path of lifelong learning to sustain these skills. Our residents finish the program prepared to begin fellowship or practice either in academics or in a community-based setting.
Students as Leaders
While our program is learner-focused, we balance the needs of patients. Child neurology residents are treated as fellows during their PGY-4 and PGY-5 years, helping educate residents in pediatrics and in adult neurology. Residents are involved in setting the topics for conferences and curriculum changes.
As a resident, you'll benefit from personalized attention. Our faculty has a broad and diverse background with expertise covering all aspects of child neurology and neurodevelopment, and we're dedicated to enriching the training experience of our residents.
What to Expect
As a resident, you will provide care to a variety of young patients and have opportunities to interact with pediatric specialists. In other words, you'll develop your clinical skills and approach from the day you begin training.
Your first two years of training are spent at the UNM Children's Hospital, New Mexico's primary pediatric specialty facility that houses:
- 54 ward beds
- 15 long-term rehabilitation beds
- 52 NICU beds
- 20 PICU beds
- An urgent care
- A 24-hour dedicated pediatric emergency department
- Six dedicated pediatric operating rooms
Training in the Community
Your PGY-3 year is focused on adult neurology training at The University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. UNM Hospital, which is the only stroke and comprehensive epilepsy center in the state, is equipped with a 25-bed neurology ward and four beds in the epilepsy monitoring unit. Your training in adult neurology will focus on developing fundamentals in neurology, including:
- Diagnostic approaches
- Clinical exams
- Appropriate use of diagnostic tools
- General management of neurologic disease
We're predominantly a consulting service. We have primary inpatients when we electively admit them for a scheduled overnight EEG. The patients we typically see may be admitted to one of the pediatric hospitalists, the PICU, the NICU or a surgical service. Other times, we may see patients in the ER or urgent care clinic to help with disposition.
The burden of on-call duties can vary. Rarely do our residents have to leave home in order to see someone in case of emergency. Our residents say that taking calls from home is easier on them than having to be in the hospital. It prepares them for taking call from home.
On-Call for Adult Neurology
During PGY-3, child neurology residents may do two to four weeks of adult neurology night float on weeknights. They aren't on-call during adult neurology training since they do weekend home on-call in child neurology. This allows them some learning opportunities to be the first to respond to stroke calls and develop confidence in helping treat other problems in adult neurology.
Why Residents Like Our Program
The majority of our residents have cited the collegiality of our program as its strongest aspect. Residents also tend to feel that we have a flexible group that creates a positive learning environment, which has led to fellowships at well-respected programs. They see the call schedule as a huge upside.
A Unique Learning Experience
The patient population of our hospital is certainly unique, and we tend to see complicated cases from all over New Mexico. Though our residents are consistently busy clinically on service, they still have time for classes. We provide a positive learning environment that comes from having a welcoming, supportive faculty. Our program has allowed several residents to travel abroad for research opportunities.