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Child Neurology Residency Program


 

Welcome and thank you so much for visiting the Child Neurology Residency Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program. Thank you again and enjoy looking around at what our program has to offer.

Questions? Contact Adam Finney, Education Coordinator, at 720-777-2704 or adam.finney@childrenscolorado.org.

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Child Neurology Residents
 

Our residents are our program’s best feature! Although diverse in background and experience, they share a passion for continued improvement in patient care. Friendly and highly engaged in their learning experience, our residents create a very nurturing and trusting environment which fosters continued development.

As a categorical program, residents entering the program will complete the first two years in Pediatrics, followed by a third year rotation in Adult Neurology, and then the final two years in Child Neurology. Please see the Training & Curriculum tab for additional information on program specifics.

Led by our Director Dr. Timothy Bernard, our residents are heavily involved in providing input and shaping the development of the program. Our program currently accepts 4 residents per year.

  

Current Residents

 

PGY 5 - 3rd year Child Neurology Residents​ ​

Dylan Brock, MD

I received my Undergraduate degree in N​eural Science and Philosophy of Mind from New York University. I completed my master’s degree and medical school at the University of Louisville.

 

Ryan Kammeyer, MD

I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and received my undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue Universi​ty before attending med school at Indiana University. The strong community within the CU Pediatrics program and the growing Global Neurology program are what drew me in to pursing residency here at Children’s.

I also saw the quickly growing hospital and the supportive, feedback-oriented programs as ideal for r​esidents to shape our training to fit our interests and well-being.  I hope to complete fellowship in Neuroimmunology after residency. My wife, son, and I enjoy hiking in the mountains, rock-climbing, spending time in Denver’s parks, and trying new restaurants and breweries.

 

 

 

Laure​l McGarry, MD

I grew up in Idaho and moved to Colorado for medical school at the University of Colorado.  Once I got to Denver I decided I never want to leave!  When I'm not at the hospital hanging with my fabulous co-residents I enjoy exploring the mountains with my dog Lucy.

 

PGY 4 - 2nd year Child Neurology Residents​ ​
Matthew Hiller, MD

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up down the street in Baton Rouge. Colorado is my sec​​ond move outside of Louisiana, the first being Austin, TX for my undergraduate at UT. I moved out here with my wife, who is a resident in Internal Medicine here at CU. We quickly acclimated to the culture of craft beer and outdoor adventures. When I am not in the hospital, I enjoy playing basketball and fishing. When the weather is bad (which is rare here!), I like to draw my own cartoons and comics.  

 

Julie Nelson, MD

I was born in Indiana and grew up in the Chicago area. I had studied Speech and Hearing and Spanish at Indiana University, though I realized that my dream was to attend medical school while working at a camp for children with special needs. ​I attended a post-baccalaureate program at Johns Hopkins after college and then worked in sickle cell research for two years prior to going back to Indiana for medical school. I was excited to come to CU because of the large catchment area, exposure to multiple subspecialties, amount of patient diversity, and of course location. I've had a great time living in Colorado and love going hiking, exploring the city, and hanging out with my awesome co-residents.

 

Lynne Wood, MD

I’m a Colorado native and went to medical school here too. I love some of the stereotypical Colorado things like hiking, jogging and dogs, but I also love junk food and binge-watching Netflix. There are tons of things about the residency that have been fantastic so far.  1) The patients are wonderful and you get to see a ton of different pathology since we serve such a large area. 2) The faculty have been approachable and seem really enthusiastic about teaching. 3) Our program has been incredibly receptive to resident feedback and made ma​ny positive changes as a result. 4) My co-residents are fabulous doctors and really fun to be around. I’m really excited to be here and look forward to the rest of training. 

 

   

​ ​ ​PGY 3 - 1st year Child Neurology Residents​ ​

Elizabeth Ackley, MD

I grew up in Massachusetts and spent most of my life in the Northeast prior to residency. I went to Union College in upstate NY for undergrad and worked in the Dominican Republic and in Boston for a couple of years before going back to school. I completed medical school at Columbia in New York l and came out to Colorado for residency after being drawn to the mountains and the warm, welcoming culture of the residency program. In my free time I love to run, hike, bake and do watercolor illustrations.

 

 

Danyelle Evans, MD

I was born and raised in Austin, TX. I studied Art History and Hispanic Studies at Rice University in Houston, then completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. I fell in love with Child Neurology as a 4th year medical student, and have never looked back! I chose to come to Colorado because the people in this program seemed genuinely happy with excellent mentorship (and also, because of the mountains!). In my free time I love to ​camp, hike with my dog, go out to local restaurants/breweries, and work in my garden. So far I have been extremely impressed by the quality of this residency program, our program directors, and the breadth and depth of educational experiences. I love Colorado, and am so happy I chose to train here!

 

 

Tiffany Pointon, MD

I am proudly born and raised here in Colorado.  I attended medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where I was lucky enough to spend time with some of the attendings and residents in the pediatric neurology program who ultimately sparked my passion for pediatric neurology.  I feel very bles​sed to now be working alongside those individuals and to be a part of the Child Neurology Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  In my spare time, you will find me hiking, camping or working out with my amazing husband.

 

 

​​PGY 2 - 2nd year Pediatrics Residents​ ​​ ​
​Megan Abbott, MD
Emma Mazzi​o, MD
Scott Rosenthal, MD
Hannah Wellman, MD 

 

PGY 1 - 1st year Pediatrics Residents​ ​​ ​​
​Jerry Jewell, MD
Eileen Ser, 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.








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.
 
 
Overview
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.
The 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.

 

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 experie

  • 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 (in bold) 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 moth per year) to focus on training in their area of interest.  Preliminarily, 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

 

Internat​ional Experie​nces​

Our program has an established relationship with the find the name 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

8:30am - Neuroradiology Conference: with neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology faculty and trainees

Wed

12-1pm - Neurology Department Grand Rounds, lunch is provided

2-5pm - Neurology Residency Didactics Educational series

Thurs

12:30pm - Child Neurology Lecture Series

Fri​

12-1 pm- Case Conference, lunch is provided

 

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 Clinics

Multidisciplinary 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 three to 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.

  • 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.
 

Interview Day

If you are offered an interview after your credentials are reviewed, we will coordinate your interview process with the pediatrics program to allow you to make one trip to Denver.

Interviews are typically held on Wednesday/Thursday or Thursday/Friday, beginning in November and continuing through January. We limit the number of candidates per day to provide a more personal experience.

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

Evening social events are scheduled Wednesday night with current Child Neurology residents and Thursday night with the Pediatric residents in order to provide an opportunity for candidates to meet with residents outside the hospital in a casual setting.

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. Current salary levels can be found here.
 

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

It is a requirement for each child neurology resident to complete one scholarly activity during their 5-year child neurology residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  At a minimum each resident will present a poster at the Annual Neurology Research Retreat during the spring of their 5th year, but certainly formal publications and abstracts at national conferences are encouraged and supported.  Our residents have a strong track-record for producing peer-reviewed publications during their residency (see table below).

Each resident will have a mentor to help guide scholarly activity from the Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC).  This mentor will help you identify research projects and appropriate research project mentors. While the majority of our residents perform clinical research, we can arrange for a dedicated 3-month elective block during the 4th and 5th years to dedicate time to do a basic science or QI project.  We encourage you to start thinking about potential research projects early in your residency to allow adequate time to complete projects.  Clinical projects should be started in the 1st - 3rd year during a dedicated research month.

Graduation Year

Resident

Peer Reviewed Pub

Reference (up to 3 selected)

Posters


2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dylan Brock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Kammeyer

2

  1. Cerebral fat embolism syndrome mimicking thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in a patient with hemoglobin SC disease.

  2. Comparison of CPR outcome predictors between rhythmic abdominal compression and continuous chest compression CPR techniques.

0

 

 

Laurel McGarry

 

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Baltensperger

 

1. Rare case of live born with confirmed mosaic trisomy 17 and review of the literature​

2. Rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure in a sickle cell trait athlete: a case study

 1

 

 

Alicia Henriquez

 

 

 1

 Henriquez DMD poster final2.pptx

 

Gary Morris

 

 

 1

 

 

Liz Troy

 

 

 1

 S. ang poster 9.13_Troy.pptS. ang poster 9.13_Troy.ppt

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Dubow

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Luebbert

 2

 1. Chordoma Occurs in Young Children With Tuberous Sclerosis.

2. Use of a hanging-weight system for isolated renal artery occlusion.​​

 

 

 

Lauren Treat

 1

1. Duration of use of oral cannabis extract in a cohort of pediatric epilepsy patients.

 2

 Treat AAN 2016 OCE poster V4.pdf

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garn Smith

 1

1.    Ketogenic Diet in Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus.

 

 1

 Smith Method Validation 15May17.pdf

 

Melissa Wright

 1

1. Consider muscle disease in children with elevated transaminase.

 1

 Wright Neurology in Guatemala copy2small.pdf

 

Erica Youn

 

 

 1

 Youn_BGC Poster on CHCO.pdf

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorlyne Brchan

 

 

1

 

 

Krista Eschbach

1

1.    Growth and endocrine function in children with Dravet syndrome.

6

AES Dravet Poster 2015 Eschbach.p

 

Jan Martin

1

1.    A cluster of acute flaccid paralysis and cranial nerve dysfunction temporally associated with an outbreak of enterovirus D68 in children in Colorado, USA.

 2. Outcomes of Colorado children with acute flaccid myelitis at 1 year.

2

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andra Dingman

2

1.    Delayed inhibition of tonic inhibition enhances functional recovery following experimental ischemic stroke.

2.    Etiology and treatment of arterial ischemic stroke in children and young adults.

1

 

 

Craig Press

8

1.    Spectral Electroencephalogram Analysis for the Evaluation of Encephalopathy Grade in Children With Acute Liver Failure.

2.    Preventable Pediatric Stroke via Vaccination?

3.    Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis in Children: Imaging Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes.

1

 

 

Adam Wallace

2

1.    Infantile Spasms and Injuries of Prematurity: Short-Term Treatment-Based Response and Long-Term Outcomes.

 2. A cluster of acute flaccid paralysis and crenail nerve dysfunction temporally associated with an outbreak of enterovirus D68 in children in Colorado, USA

3. Pharmacotherapy for Dravet Syndrome