Child neurologists are specially trained physicians who have followed up their four-year medical school education with a five-year postgraduate training regimen typically consisting of two years of training in pediatrics, one year in general neurology and two years in pediatric neurology. In 1969, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology awarded the first board certificate in Neurology "with Special Qualification in Child Neurology."
The three-year Child and Adolescent Neurology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is closely integrated with Mayo Clinic's Adult Neurology Residency. The Child and Adolescent Neurology Residency's didactic programs, clinical services, research opportunities and first year of clinical training are similar to the adult neurology program.
The training program can be customized to meet your individual career goals. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) offers three separate tracts for prerequisite training:
- Two years of general pediatric training
- One year in general pediatric training and one year of research in the basic neurosciences
- One year of general pediatric training and one year of internal medicine training
The Child and Adolescent Neurology Residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
When you successfully complete the Child and Adolescent Neurology Residency, you become eligible to take the certification examination in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology offered by the ABPN. If you complete two years of pediatric training, you also become board-eligible in pediatrics.
The Child and Adolescent Neurology Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, began in 1960. We anticipate that two trainees will complete this program annually.