Pediatric Neurology Teaching Syllabus

This project is supported by a grant from the University Teaching Committee of Emory University. Time support and encouragement is provided from the Chief of the division of Child Neurology, Dr. John Sladky, and the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Devn Cornish. I want to thank them from the begining for their support for this project.

This Teaching Syllabus is an effort to have an accessible source of basic Pediatric Neurology information for all interested learners of the art of Pediatric Neurology. This syllabus will be updated, edited, and linked to other Web sites that are appropriate to offer information and insight into Pediatric Neurologic Medicine and care. This is a starting point for a Web based reference to Pediatric Neurology that will evolve as time and support allow.

Pediatric Neurology is the medical specialty of evaluating, treating and caring for infants, children, adolescents, and in certain circumstances young adults with known or suspected problems involving the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves or muscles. At Emory University School of Medicine, Pediatric Neurology is taught as a clinical rotation to Medical Students in their fourth year of training as a four week rotation that will satisfy their required Neurology Course Requirements. All residents in Neurology must spend three months on the Pediatric Neurology service to meet basic eligibility requirements for the Board of Neurology and Psychiatry to become Board certified in Neurology. Pediatric Residents and Child Development may take a four week rotation on the Pediatric Neurology service during their training. Child Psychiatry fellows rotate through the Pediatric Neurology Clinic as part of their training. This constantly changing mix of learners who interact with the Pediatric Neurology faculty whose responsibilities also rotate allows each individual’s Pediatric Neurology rotation to be unique in exposure to Pediatric Neurology disease at unpredictable volumes. The Pediatric Neurology faculty tries to ensure that the learning experience on Pediatric Neurology is as complete as possible for the trainees level of medical education.

The concept of the Web based Teaching Syllabus was devised during discussions within the Division of Child Neurology over how to best collate and distribute handouts, reference lists and reading materials to the many learners on the Pediatric Neurology rotation. This syllabus is actually a attempt to try to see if the Web is the ideal place for such a collection of information and an attempt to expand what can be offered to learners of Pediatric Neurology.

The actual web page development is by Philip Holt, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. The initial content is a compilation of lecture notes, reviews developed for other teaching settings and clinical insights developed as a clinical practioner of Pediatric Neurology in what is now the Emory System of Healthcare. The plan is to have contributions from other members of the Pediatric Neurology faculty and links to other relavant pediatric neurology sites. This project is initiated with computer space available from Emory University Computing Center. The webpages are being authored in "notepad" with plans to upgrade to a web authoring software tool as the projec grows. A list of Pediactric Neurology links will be built as the project grows.

Should anyone benefit from these web pages in their educational or personal travels through life, they should credit the many people who were interested in Neurologic problems of children long before me or the Web existed. You need to thank as I do, all the children I have examined and the parents and families I have seen for neurologic care. I hope I have helped. This syllabus is an effort to promote better care for children with neurologic diffulculties.

This project is dedicated to my wife and children who hopefully will have an improved life from the efforts of all in the medical profession past and present, and to the late Jim Schwartz, MD. He had enough faith in me to let me be his trainee. He provided encouragement and was a strong role model for learning, integrity and commitment to the care of children with Neurologic problems. I also want to thank WC Allan, MD for the Neurologic zeal he brought to Maine from Dr. Dodge's St. Louis Child Neurology program where he trained. This convinced me to go into Pediatric Neurology.