Child Neurology Residency Training Program

Child Neurology Residency Training Program

The Department of Neurology and the division of pediatric neurology offer a three-year ACGME-accredited residency in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. One child neurology resident may be accepted each year. Applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). Please do not forward CVs or other education documentation. Interested individuals may contact Ms. Connie Elgan at

In addition, the Department of Neurology, division of pediatric neurology and the Department of Pediatrics offer a five-year integrated program, whereby applicants may apply for their two-year preliminary training in pediatrics along with the three-year training in child neurology. Those individuals interested in applying to the 5-year integrated program must apply separately through ERAS for the two preliminary years of pediatrics. Interested individuals may contact Ms. Jean Ashley in the Department of Pediatrics at 502-629-8800 or via email at

Overview of the program

Residents begin with the PGY-3 year on the adult neurology service, obtaining experience in general neurology and stroke inpatient services for six months while spending the remainder of the year with the various subspecialties within neurology on the outpatient service. The pediatric neurology resident spends a total of 8 months in the second and third years on the pediatric neurology inpatient service where he/she is responsible for care of all patients on the pediatric neurology service in addition to hospital consultations. Four months are spent during the PGY-4 year in the outpatient pediatric neurology clinic. During the PGY-5 year, rotations are completed in neuropathology, psychiatry, neuroophthalmology, neurorehabilitation, neurosurgery, developmental disabilities, neuroradiology and clinical neurophysiology, among others. Child neurology continuity clinic is a longitudinal experience throughout all three years of the child neurology residency.

Formal instruction during the first year consists of weekly Neurosciences Grand Rounds, weekly Morning Report and didactic sessions four times per week. During the second and third year of residency in child neurology, the resident will attend weekly dedicated child neurology morning report and weekly child neurology didactic conferences in addition to attending the adult neurology didactic lectures. Experience in EEG and evoked potentials will occur in a longitudinal experience throughout the training program.


The pediatric neurology resident on-call experience averages every fourth to sixth night. In-house call is taken during the first (adult) year; during the last two years of the program, call is taken from home.


The resident is required to become involved in research during the second and third year of child neurology residency. There is an opportunity for sponsored travel for those residents who present research projects at scientific meetings.

Formal evaluations during training

During the program, performance is assessed through monthly evaluations by faculty attending physicians as well as semiannual reviews with the program director. At the end of each year, a written self-examination (RITE) is completed, provided by the American Academy of Neurology. Results are then reviewed with a faculty mentor. Residents will complete a standardized patient examination annually to assess their neurological examination skills.

Application requirements

Candidates for the child neurology residency training program must have completed the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology requirements for pediatric training prior to beginning this training program. Eligibility for training in child neurology requires one of the following:

  1. Two years of residency training in pediatrics accredited by the ACGME in the United States or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, or
  2. One PGY-1 year (as described in the Program Requirements for Residency Education, section I.A.1) in Neurology and one year of residency training in pediatrics, or
  3. one year of pediatrics plus one year of basic neuroscience training

Additional preferred criteria include: a) USMLE scores greater than 210 with no multiple attempts b) strong letters of recommendation with evidence of child neurology components, and c) ACGME acceptable medical college graduate. International residents must have current ECFMG certification and J-1 Visa status, green card or EAD for training purposes. Completion of all USMLE steps is strongly encouraged prior to residency or during an Internship year. The personal statement should include components of Neurology and a focus in Pediatrics and or Child Neurology. Clinical experience for credit within the United States is strongly preferred. Graduates within the past 3 years are preferred. The Program Director must review and determine the acceptability of all applications prior to being invited for interview. \

All applicants will be expected to complete the entire three years of training in this child neurology program. At the completion of training in this program, candidates will be qualified and are expected to sit for the certification administered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

International Medical Graduates are welcome to apply to this program and must provide proof of a valid standard ECFMG certificate. The University of Louisville, School of Medicine only utilizes the J-1 Visa, green card, EAD or US citizenship for training purposes. They must also fulfill the ACGME requirements as listed above.

The University of Louisville child neurology training program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) as an offering in either the three-year or five-year (integrated) program, depending upon availability. More information may be obtained through the ERAS website at

Applications are reviewed by the program director and prospective candidates are then invited to interview. Interviews take place during November and December of each application cycle. Applications to ERAS should be completed by Dec 1st of the respective year.

If you would like to receive more information about the child neurology residency training program at the University Of Louisville Health Sciences Center, please contact:

Michael K. Sowell, MD
Director, Child Neurology Residency Program
University of Louisville Health Sciences Center
Department of Neurology, room 113-a HSC
Louisville, KY 40292
Tel: 502-852-3284
Fax: 502-852-6344

Connie Elgan
Education Program Administrator
ULHSC Dept Neurology, room 113-a HSC
Louisville, KY 40292
Tel: 502-852-6328
Fax: 502-852-6344