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 our Residency Training section for additional information on program specifics.
Led by our Director Dr. Julie Parsons and our Associate Director Dr. Timothy Bernard, our residents are heavily involved in providing input and shaping the develoment of the program. Our program currently accepts 3 residents per year and has a current total of 8 residents (PGY3-PGY5) in the program.
Current Residents (see Resident Profile Page)
PGY5 (3rd year Child Neurology Residents)
John Binder, MD
Amanda Moen, MD
PGY4 (2nd year Child Neurology Residents)
Andra Dingman, MD
Craig Press, MD, PhD
Adam Wallace, MD
PGY3 (1st year Child Neurology Residents)
Krista Eschbach, MD
Dorlyne Henry, MD
Jan Ludke, MD
PGY2 (2nd year Pediatrics Residents)
Erica Obaro, MD
Garnett Smith, MD
Melissa Wright, MD, PhD
PGY1 (1st year Pediatrics Residents)
Lauren Treat, MD
Elizabeth Halperin, MD
Setty Magana, MD, PhD
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 following is a list of recent post-residency positions:
- University of Colorado Denver – Faculty
- Kaiser Permanente , Los Angeles, CA: Faculty
- University of Wisconsin-Madison – Faculty
- University of Washington, Seattle – Faculty
- St. Lukes Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID: Staff Physician
- Oregon Health & Sciences University: Faculty
- The Children’s Hospital Southwest, Fort Meyers, FL: General Pediatric Neurologist
- Helen Devos Children’s Hospital: Faculty
- Cook Children’s Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX: Child Neurologist, Epileptologist
- Dean Health Systems, Madison, WI: Pediatric Neurologist
- St. Judes, TN: Neuro Oncology Fellow
- Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Kalispell, MT: Pediatric Neurologist
The University of Colorado School of Medicine's Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado offer a three-year residency in child neurology. 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: (1) to prepare residents to sit for board exams at the completion of the program and (2) to individually and competently attend to the neurological disorders of childhood. Residents will gradually be able to expand their differential diagnoses of and treatment options for patients as their experience and training progresses.
Knowledge gained with each year of training:
- Recognition of common neurological diseases in childhood and their differential diagnosis.
- Competency in performing physical examinations of infants and children
- Recognition of abnormal patterns of neurodevelopment
- Interpretation of neuro-diagnostic studies in infants and children
- Diagnosis and management of neurological emergencies in children
- Development of effective interactions with consulting services and ancillary staff
- Acquisition of effective practice management skills
The Child Neurology training program works closely with the Adult Neurology training program. Our residents rotate on the adult service for their first year of training and adult neurology residents rotate with us for three months to complete their requirements. For more specific information regarding Adult Neurology training program, please visit the Adult Neurology website.
Child Neurology Quick Facts
- Three (3) residents are accepted to the program per year.
- 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 25 residents have been trained since the program’s inception.
- Our residents are highly involved in decision-making processes. An Education Committee comprised of the faculty and at least one of the child neurology residents meets regularly (bi-annually) to review various aspects of the training program.
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 program is set up to complete the length of training in child neurology as required by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the ACGME:
- One year must be adult clinical neurology
- One year must be clinical child neurology with a minimum of 4 months outpatient experience
- Participation in a Resident longitudinal/continuity clinic at least one half day weekly is required throughout the program.
- One year is referred to as “flexible” and the resident learns “principles of neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurological surgery, neurodevelopment, and the basic sciences.
After their adult neurology training, child neurology residents are required to complete the following core courses: neuroradiology, neurophysiology, neuropathology and neuro-oncology. Child neurology residents then alternate 6 months of inpatient service with 6 months of outpatient service. Residents participate in a weekly continuity clinic during their entire 3 years. During outpatient months, residents rotate in clinics with genetics, psychiatry, development, stroke/hematology and muscle/rehabilitation. Residents complete their training with 6 months of electives in basic science, clinical research or additional inpatient or outpatient experiences.
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. 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.
Teaching is provided by the program director and teaching faculty. 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.
There is always a designated member of the teaching staff available to assume the responsibilities of the day-to-day activities of the program. Clinical teaching rounds are at least 5 days per week.
Resident supervision during the adult year is outlined in the adult neurology core manual.
During the pediatric years, residents will continue to be directly supervised by teaching staff. During clinical working hours, all patients seen by the resident are to be staffed by the attending physician. After-hours, new inpatient, outside phone-calls and emergency room consultations are to be staffed with the attending physician. The timing of staffing depends on level of training and patient acuity. An attending physician who is a member of the teaching staff is available while on overnight call. Documentation of all calls is to be made for later inclusion in patient charting; inclusion in this documentation of staffing by attending is necessary.
During the 2nd year (PG-4), residents are expected to triage all after-hours calls (including inpatient and emergency room consultations) with the attending within the hour, depending on patient acuity.
Per the adult neurology 1st year core, typically:
- 7 months: Adult Neurology inpatient ward service at University Hospital, VA & Denver Health Medical Center
- 5 months: Adult Neurology ambulatory services at University Hospital and VA Hospitals; Call schedule typically every 4th night in house.
- Continuity Clinic in Child Neurology at CHC; one-half day weekly, mandatory attendance
During the 3rd year (PG-5), residents are expected to triage all after-hours calls with the attending within the next 24 hours, depending on patient acuity.
- 3 months: Child Neurology inpatient & emergency consult service
- 6 months: Core Electives (neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, neuro-oncology)
- 3 months: Rotating clinics (child neurology, genetics, rehabilitation, neuromuscular, development, psychiatry, metabolic disease)
- Continuity clinic in Child Neurology at CHC; one-half day weekly, mandatory attendance.
- 3 months: Child Neurology inpatient & emergency consult service.
- 5 months: Electives (research, outpatient/inpatient clinical).
- 1 month: Inpatient Psychiatry (3 weeks) & COPIC- Risk Management (1 week).
- 3 months: Rotating clinics (child neurology, genetics, rehabilitation, neuromuscular, development, psychiatry).
- Continuity clinic in Child Neurology at CHC; one-half day weekly, mandatory attendance
Scheduled didactics in the child neurology division include weekly neuro-radiology conferences, case conferences, Thursday noon education conferences, and monthly child neurology journal club presentations. Residents also participate in the weekly neurology resident rotating lecture series and the Neurology Department Grand Rounds. Additional lectures such as Pediatric Grand Rounds and hospital-wide ethics conferences are also available. Please see the example conference schedule.
The Section of Child Neurology is nationally recognized for providing outstanding consultation, clinical care, and surgery for children and adolescents with neurological disorders. Services offered include comprehensive evaluation and treatment of neurological disorders, parent and patient education, comprehensive neurological consultation services, and inpatient and outpatient treatment.
The team is recognized as a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, pediatric stroke, and genetic disorders affecting the nervous system. Programs are designed to help coordinate the multiple specialists and services required for optimal diagnosis and treatment of these illnesses.
The faculty members are active in translational and clinical research in the neurosciences that will lead to improved treatment options for patients with neurological disorders. As the largest medical center in the western region providing such broad expertise, Child Neurology at CHCO is the referral center for children and adolescents with neurological disorders for the Rocky Mountain states and much of the western United States.
The Section of Child Neurology currently has approximately 40 pediatric faculty members - including physicians, neuropsychologists, researchers, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners - 10 clinical staff, and 10 residents/fellows. The main office and the majority of clinical services are located at Children’s Hospital Colorado, in Aurora, Colorado. Also provided are clinical services through Children’s Hospital Colorado Network of Care centers in the Broomfield, Denver, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, Parker, and Colorado Springs areas.
The Section of Child Neurology treats approximately 14,000 patients per year on the inpatient consultative service and in outpatient clinics at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora; at the Network of Care sites in Parker and Broomfield; and at other sites throughout the region.
Outpatient clinics and services include:
- General Child Neurology Clinic
- Complex Movement Clinic/Tic-Tone-Tremor Clinic/Rhizotomy Clinic
- Epilepsy Clinic
- Headache Clinic
- Mitochondrial Clinic
- Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic
- Multidisciplinary Stroke Clinic
- Movement Disorder Clinic
- NeuroGenetic and NeuroMetabolic Clinics
- Rett Clinic
- Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic
- Neuropsychology Services
In additional to clinical training, research is an integral part of the section of Child Neurology. For additional information on areas of faculty research, please visit our website.
Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service, and we participate in the National Residency Match Program.
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 are a categorical program and currently offer three categorical positions with pediatrics. As such, all applicants must apply directly on ERAS to both the University of Colorado Child Neurology program and the University of Colorado Pediatric Residency program.
- Your ERAS application must include the following minimum requirements:
- Dean's Letter or MSPE
- Medical School Transcript
- Personal Statement
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation – letters from pediatric faculty are preferred
- 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 eligibility and selection information document, which is provided as an Adobe PDF file.
- 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 are admitted to both programs, you will spend 2 years as a pediatric resident at the University of Colorado before moving to the child neurology residency program in PGY3.
- 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 Wednesdays (Child Neurology) and Thursdays (Pediatrics), beginning in October and continue through the end of 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 with current 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.
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Please address any application questions to:
Kari Phillipps, MEd
Education Coordinator for the Department of Child Neurology
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, B-155
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: (720) 777-2704