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Dear Child Neurology Applicant,

Welcome to the Child Neurology Residency at the University of Colorado. We’re thrilled that you’re considering our program and hope you find the answers to your questions about the program on these next few pages. If not, please reach out to any member of our education team (contact information below).

Here in Colorado, you’ll find a training program that provides exposure to a wide breadth of child neurology while emphasizing resident wellness and an individualized training experience. Our graduates go on to do an even mix of additional sub-specialty training, general child neurology, academic, and private practice across the country. Our program will truly allow you to become whatever type of child neurologist you wish to be.

We take four residents per year into our categorical program, meaning you complete all five years of training (pediatrics and child neurology) here at the University of Colorado. Additionally, for the 2021 match year, we are accepting applications for two reserved spots, residents who will begin our program in the PGY3 year.

We’re looking for residents with a strong track-record of excellence in their medical training who are great communicators, team-players, and want to help us continue to improve our training program year after year. We strive to have a diverse residency that mirrors our surrounding community. As the only free-standing children’s hospital in Colorado, this encompasses our large metro area of Denver as well as our seven-state catchment area in the Mountain West.

As a resident here, the majority of your training will take place at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, where you will be led by our large faculty of over 60 child neurologists with expertise in inpatient neurology, critical care, movement disorders, neuro-immunology, stroke, neuro-genetics, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, neurocutaneous disorders, headache, and general child neurology, among others.

In 2021 we will be implementing our new 5-year longitudinal interest track system, allowing incoming residents to pick a specific area of interest including research, quality improvement, global health, community neurology, or medical education. Residents will spend at least four months over their training dedicated to this track, with didactic, clinical, and research components built-in as appropriate.

Thank you for considering our program. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and learn more about your choice to pursue child neurology.

Sincerely,

Jan Martin, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, section of Child Neurology
Program Director, Pediatric Neurology
Children’s Hospital Colorado
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Education Team


Program Director

APD

APD

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Current Residents

​PGY 5 - 3rd year Child Neurology Residents​ ​

PGY 5

PGY 5

PGY 5

 

PGY 4 - 2nd year Child Neurology Residents​ ​

PGY 4

PGY 4

PGY 4

 

PGY 3 - 1st year Child Neurology Residents

PGY 3​ ​PGY 3

PGY 3

PGY 3

 

​​PGY 2 - 2nd year Pediatrics Residents​ ​​ ​
​Jerry Jewell, MD

Eileen Ser, MD

Recruiting 2 residents to join them July 1st 2021



 

PGY 1 - 1st year Pediatrics Residents​ ​​ ​​

Sarah Guistolisi, MD
Mollie Lesser, MD
Kelsey Patterson, MD, PhD
Amy Young, MD

 

Alumni

Residents graduating from our program enjoy continued success in a variety of different areas, which include academic positions, continued educational advancement, and neurology practice. Child Neurology graduates are in high demand both in Colorado and around the country.

 

Graduate Careers

Additional Training

Mission Statement

The Children’s Hospital Colorado Child Neurology residency trains physicians to provide compassionate, high quality, evidence-based care to children with neurologic disorders within today’s healthcare environment while supporting resident wellness. Residents graduating from our program enjoy continued success in a variety of different areas, which include academic positions, continued educational advancement, and neurology practice.

Child Neurology graduates are in high demand both in Colorado and around the country. Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics offer a five-year categorical residency in child neurology. We train 3 to 4 residents per year.

The goal of the program is to train physicians in child neurology and prepare them for careers in clinical or academic medicine. As a residency training program, the program curriculum is designed to meet two objectives: to independently and competently attend to the neurological disorders of childhood and to prepare residents to sit for board exams at the completion of the program The Pediatric Neurology Residency Program at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine has been training pediatric neurology residents since the 1960s. Formal ACGME accreditation has been continuous since guidelines for this program were established in 1988.

To date, more than 50 residents have been trained since the program’s inception. All child neurology faculty are certified by the ABPN with special qualification in child neurology and have diverse interests and skills to provide the breadth of teaching necessary. See our clinical tab for more details.The main office and the majority of clinical services are located at Children’s Hospital Colorado, in Aurora, Colorado.

We also provide clinical services through Children’s Hospital Colorado Network of Care centers in Broomfield, Denver, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, Parker, and Colorado Springs. Additional outreach locations include: Durango, Grand Junction, Alamosa, and internationally in Guatemala.

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Curricul​um

Our program meets the requirements for categorical child neurology training as set by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which are

  • 24 months of general pediatrics training

  • 12 months of adult clinical neurology

  • 12 months of child clinical neurology with a minimum of four months of outpatient experience

  • Participation in a resident longitudinal/continuity clinic at least one half day weekly

  • 12 months of elective and specialty training including: neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurological surgery, neurodevelopment, clinical research, and the basic sciences

We are committed to education and work-life balance. Our schedule is compliant with all ACGME duty hour regulations and allows our residents the personal time to spend with loved ones and enjoy the beauty of Colorado. Patient care responsibilities are meant to ensure a balance between patient care and education that achieves for the trainee an optimal educational experience consistent with the best medical care. Patient care responsibilities include inpatient, outpatient and consultation experiences.

In 2020, we will be offering a newly-conceptualized 5-year longitudinal track system that will allow our residents to specialize in a specific area. During the second year of training, our residents will pick a specific track that will allow them 4 months (1 month per year) to focus on training in their area of interest. Preliminary, we have identified a quality improvement (QI) track, clinical track, research track, and global health track for our incoming interns to choose from. More details are found in our curriculum tab.

PGY 1&2
  • General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • 1 month: longitudinal track experience in QI, research, clinical child neurology or international health
PGY 3
  • 6 months: adult neurology inpatient ward service at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), Veterans Administration Hospital (VA) & Denver Health Medical Center (DH)
  • 2 months: adult neurology outpatient clinical adult neurology at UCH, VA, DH

  • 2 months: blended pediatric/adult electives in subspecialty areas of neurology including neurophysiology, neuromuscular and pathology.

  • 1 month: child neurology inpatient (primary and consult), ICU, & emergency consult services

  • 1 month: longitudinal track experience in QI, research, clinical child neurology or international health

  • Continuity clinic in child neurology at CHCO; one-half day weekly

For more specific information regarding Adult Neurology training program, please visit the Adult Neurology website.

PGY 4​
  • 3- 4 months: child neurology inpatient (primary and consult services), ICU & emergency consult services
  • 3- 4 months: core electives in neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neuro-oncology

  • 2 months: rotating outpatient clinics in child neurology, genetics, rehabilitation, neuromuscular, development, psychiatry, metabolic disease

  • 1 month: blended pediatric/adult electives in pathology

  • 1-2 months: elective in research and/or clinical settings

  • 1 month: longitudinal track experience in QI, research, clinical child neurology or international health

  • Continuity clinic in child neurology at CHCO; one-half day weekly

PGY 5
  • 3 months: child neurology inpatient (primary and consult services), ICU & emergency consult services

  • 2 months: remaining core electives in neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neuro-oncology

  • 1 month: inpatient psychiatry (3 weeks) & medical risk management (1 week)

  • 2-3 months: rotating outpatient clinics in child neurology, genetics, rehabilitation, neuromuscular, development, psychiatry, metabolic disease

  • 1 month: adult neurology outpatient clinical adult neurology at UCH

  • 2-3 months: electives in research and/or clinical settings

  • 1 month: longitudinal track experience in QI, research, clinical child neurology or international health

  • Continuity clinic in child neurology at CHCO; one-half day weekly

Night Coverage

Our program currently uses a modified night float system that combines an on-site evening shift with at-home call. Residents in their PGY4 and PGY5 years rotate through our nights system in one-week blocks, for a total of 5-6 weeks over the course of each year. 

Internat​ional Experie​nces​

Our program has an established relationship with Trifinio (FUNSALUD) clinic in Guatemala where our residents can participate in education and research in collaboration with our general pediatrics program and the local training hospital in Guatemala City.

Educational Conferences​ and Didactic​s

Mon

Noon - EEG Conference

Tues

7:30am - Neuroradiology Conference: with neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology faculty and trainees

Wed

12-1pm - Neurology Department Grand Rounds

 

2-5pm - Neurology Residency Didactics Educational series

Thurs

12:30pm - Child Neurology Lecture Series

Fri​

12-1 pm- Case Conference,

Program Evaluati​on

Our residents are highly involved in decision-making processes. In our monthly resident meetings, we discuss all aspects on the program. An education committee comprised of the faculty and at least one of the child neurology residents meets bi-annually to review various aspects of the training program. In addition, we hold a yearly retreat and multiple off-site gatherings each year. More program details can be found online in our Child Neurology Training Manual. Additionally, information regarding the University of Colorado Graduate Medical Education Office, policies/procedures, and resident stipends/benefits can be found on the GME website. ​

The section of child neurology is nationally recognized for providing outstanding consultation, clinical care, and surgery for children and adolescents with neurological disorders. Our department is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, pediatric stroke, and genetic disorders affecting the nervous system. Children's Hospital Colorado has an eight state referral area which ensures an incredibly rich educational experience for our residents.


The section of child neurology currently has over 60 faculty members including: physicians, neuropsychologists, researchers, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The section of child neurology treats approximately 14,000 patients per year on the inpatient services and in our outpatient clinics.

As a resident in our program you will have the opportunity to evaluate and treat patients in our outpatient clinics including:

Neurology ClinicsMultidisciplinary Clinics
· General Neurology Clinic
· Hospital Discharge Clinic
· Headache and Integrative Headache Clinic
· Biofeedback
· Epilepsy Clinic
· Ketogenic Diet Clinic
· Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
· Non-Epileptic Seizures
· Complex Movement Clinic
· Tic-Tone-Tremor Clinic
· Neuropsychology Services
· 22Q Deletion Clinic
· Accidental Brain Injury Clinic (with rehab, PT/OT/ST, social work, and school support services)
· Epilepsy Surgery Clinic (Neurosurgery, Neuropsychology)
· Neuro-immunology Clinic
· Neurogenetic Clinic (with genetic counselors and genetics)
· Neuromuscular Clinic (with rehab, pulmonology, nutrition)
· Neurofibromatosis (with neuro-oncology)
· Non-Accidental Brain Injury Care Clinic (with Rehab, PT/OT/ST, child protection team, social work, neuropsychology)
· Rett Clinic
· Stroke Clinic (with Rehab, neurosurgery, hematology)
· Neonatal Clinic
· Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic (with cardiology, nephrology)

Rural Clinical Experienc​es

Our team regularly travels to locations throughout the Rocky Mountain Region giving patients access to specialty care in more remote locations. Residents participate in at least one outreach clinic trip in each of their PGY 4 and 5 years.​

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service, and we participate in the National Residency Match Program.

Application Process

When applying to the University of Colorado Child Neurology Residency Program, please consider the following requirements:

  • We only accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).
  • Please do not mail, e-mail, or fax any applications
  • We welcome applications from Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine and International Medical Graduates

We are a categorical program and currently offer four categorical positions with pediatrics. All applicants must apply directly on ERAS to only the University of Colorado Child Neurology program and submit the requirements as specified below. A separate pediatrics application is not required.

  • Your ERAS application must include the following minimum requirements:
      • CV
      • Dean's Letter or MSPE
      • Medical School Transcript
      • Personal Statement
      • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
      • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step I Scores
  • Typically, our successful applicants have USMLE scores greater than the 90th percentile and outstanding letters of recommendation from pediatricians and child neurologists. Please review the Selection Criteria.
  • Deadlines: The ERAS application opens up on September 15 and our deadline is November 1. New or incomplete application materials received after this date may not be reviewed.
  • If you match with our program, you will spend 2 years as a pediatric resident at the University of Colorado before moving to the child neurology residency program in PGY3.

The residency program will also be recruiting two reserved positions to join our program as PGY3s to begin July 1st, 2021. Applicants should review the ABPN specific training requirements (see section I.C) to ensure that their prior training will meet requirements for board eligibility. 

Interview Day

Once selected to interview you will work with Adam Finney, program coordinator, to schedule your child neurology and pediatrics interview. Both programs will use Thalamus for the interview scheduling process. All interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2020-2021 recruitment season. 

Candidates with MD/PhD degrees will also meet with research faculty during their interview day.

There will be a virtual social event at the end of your interview day to provide all applicants a chance to interact with current residents.

A final agenda will be sent to you with interview/social logistics prior to your interview date.

Salary and Benefits

The University of Colorado offers salary and benefits packages that are competitive with other fellowship programs across the country. View current salary levels.

Denver

The Mile High City is nestled at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains and is the largest city in the region with a population of 2.7 million. Denver enjoys one of the best climates in the country, with 300 days/year of sunny skies. Although it snows in the winter, the snow melts quickly and temperatures are usually moderate. Hot summer days give way to cool summer evenings. The city is the home to dozens of highly rated restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. The city attracts many outdoor enthusiasts with its extensive system of hiking and bike trails and the largest city park system in the country. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the largest performing arts complex under one roof in the country and attracts many of the top national theater tours each year. Red Rocks Amphitheater, a natural amphitheater in the foothills west of town attracts the nation’s top touring musical talent throughout the summer. Denver is home to the Denver Broncos (NFL), the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Rockies (MLB), the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), the Colorado Rapids (MLS) and the Colorado Outlaws (MLL). The University of Colorado, the state flagship school and a world-class educational institution, is based in nearby Boulder. In addition, Denver is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, which offer abundant recreational and sightseeing opportunities year round. The state of Colorado is home to over 20 major ski areas, many of which are within 2 hours of the city. For more information, please visit the Denver Travel and Visitor Bureau.

Contact Us

Please address any application questions to:
Adam Finney
Education Coordinator for the Department of Child Neurology
Children's Hospital Colorado
Child Neurology
13123 East 16th Avenue, B-155
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: (720) 777-2704
Email Adam

Laura Konopka
Education Coordinator for the Department of Child Neurology
Children's Hospital Colorado
Child Neurology
13123 East 16th Avenue, B-155
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: (720) 777-0595 Email Laura

Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

Diversity

We are committed to creating a diverse environment for students, residents, fellows, and faculty. We believe that an environment of inclusiveness and respect promotes excellence and that a setting where diversity is valued leads to the training of physicians who are prepared to practice culturally effective medicine and meet the needs of the various populations we serve. Visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in PEM page for more.