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Child Neurology Residency Program

Saint Louis University’s subspecialty child neurology residency is a three-year program with a prerequisite of either a two-year residency in pediatrics or one year of pediatric residency coupled with one year of residency training in internal medicine in the United States.

Seven full-time neurologists and two pediatric nurse practitioners train residents in child neurology, principally at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, a renowned 190-bed tertiary care center.

We have specialty clinics in epilepsy, cerebral palsy, neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, headache, high-risk nursery follow-up and concussion.

Mission Statement

The Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Neurology is dedicated to the ideals of Saint Louis University, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and our profession in the areas of research, service and education.

We endeavor to demonstrate our commitment by pursuing and disseminating both new knowledge and greater understanding of the nervous system, the diseases of childhood that afflict it, as well as the methods of diagnosing and treating them. We seek, adapt and implement the finest methods of delivering and practicing clinical child neurology.

In those areas where opportunity and our abilities allow, we endeavor to set the standard for others to follow. We recruit, train and educate those who wish to join our profession to first become our peers and then to surpass us in knowledge and accomplishment.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Medical degree
      • U.S. or Royal Canadian medical school graduates must have passed USMLE I and II
      • Graduates of Osteopathic schools must have passed USMLE I or NBME I
      • International Medical Graduates must have a current ECFMG certificate
  • Successful completion of two years of postgraduate training which may consist of:
      • Two years of ACGME approved training in pediatrics or one year of ACGME approved training in pediatrics
      • One year of training in basic neuroscience or one year of PGY I level training in an approved residency as otherwise specified in the ACGME requirements for resident training in neurology.
  • Eligibility for a Missouri medical license
  • Successful completion of a personal interview

The Child Neurology Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All prospective applicants must register with NRMP.

Research and Scholarly Activity

We support and encourage residents’ interest in both basic and clinical research with an infrastructure of conference and mentoring relationships, as well as opportunities for collaboration with researchers in both the Department of Neurology and the Department of Pediatrics. We have active research projects in the areas of epilepsy, antiepileptic drugs in children, headache, sleep, pain control and moyamoya disease.

Each year, residents — guided by a member of the faculty — research and present short scholarly work on interesting cases, conditions, new approaches or our institution’s experience with an aspect of neurologic disease. While designed to teach both scholarly skills and discipline, these presentations also teach communication skills and principles of lifelong self-directed learning and have led to publications in the medical literature.

Residents also prepare and present case studies and other brief scholarly works to their peers and fellow child neurologists at the annual Missouri Valley Child Neurology Colloquium each year.

The department director acts as mentor, encouraging and guiding the residents’ development of research skills and individual projects.