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Education and Training in Child Neurology

2 fellowsThe Division runs an ACGME-accredited training program in pediatric neurology in conjunction with the adult neurology training program at UC San Diego Medical Center and School of Medicine, and pediatrics training at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital. The training program is a 5 year combined educational program in which trainees complete 2 years of pediatrics training and 3 years of neurology training, and then are eligible for board certifications in Pediatrics and in Neurology with a Special Qualification in Child Neurology.

See the Neurosciences Residency Training website.

The PGY 1 and PGY 2 years are performed in conjunction with the UCSD and RCHSD Residency Training Program in Pediatrics. Trainees rotate through inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences including their pediatrics continuity clinic, and complete other required training such as a rotation in community pediatrics.  Elective time is provided for trainees to explore specific interests. Trainees attend didactic learning sessions and Pediatrics Grand Rounds with their pediatrics colleagues, and also have the opportunity to attend neurology didactic conferences and departmental events.The average daily inpatient neurology census is 5 patients on the neurology ward, 5 patients on the rehabilitation service, and 10 patients on other hospital services. The pediatric neurology service sees an average of 15-20 new inpatient admissions and consultations per week.

PGY 3 year begins with “Neurology Boot Camp” to orient trainees to adult and child neurology, and then the PGY3 year is mostly dedicated to attaining excellence in clinical adult neurology, including inpatient and outpatient experiences, as well as elective time. Training sites including UC San Diego Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Hospital. Trainees have formal didactic sessions and Neurosciences Grand Rounds every Friday morning from PGY 3-5 which include lectures on a variety of neurologic topics, and Neurology Journal Club. Clinically, PGY 4 and PGY 5 years are performed mostly at RCHSD with inpatient and outpatient experiences including ICU and Neonatal Neurology. Neurology Continuity Clinic spans PGY 3-5 years with trainees taking ownership over their patients. Child Neurology didactic teaching sessions take place on Tuesday afternoon and include schedule conferences in psychiatry and neurogenomics, as well as faculty lectures and Child Neurology Journal Club. Research experiences are encouraged and facilitated through the PGY 3-5 years.

The Residency Program in Child Neurology is dedicated to training of the next generation of physicians and physician scientists. The Residency Program is committed to training a diverse physician and scientist work-force in an environment respectful of differences in race, gender, ethnicity, ability and disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, geographic origin, religion, etc. The Residency Program also recognizes the importance of ongoing training for physicians in patient safety and quality improvement, and has policies in place to monitor resident well-being, fatigue, and burn-out.

Please direct any questions about the residency program to the program coordinator Lurenette Griffin ( or the program director Dr. Jeffrey Gold (  Both can be reached at our offices at 858-966-5819.