Residency

Emory University School of Medicine is ranked by U.S. News as one of the top 25 medical schools for research and is ranked 20th among all U.S. medical schools in total National Institutes of Health (NIH) research support. Emory University Hospital is ranked as a top 25 hospital for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News. The School of Medicine is affiliated with Emory Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in Georgia.

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Neurosciences program, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, is committed to training future pediatric neurologists through our Pediatric Neurology Residency program at Children’s at Egleston and Children’s at Scottish Rite. Residents participating in the program will get firsthand experience at treating a large and diverse population of pediatric neurological diseases & working in a variety of neurological subspecialty clinics, as well as inpatient and outpatient experience at our multiple campuses.
  • Children's at Egleston is a state of the art 255 bed free standing children's hospital. The facility includes 108 ICU beds for four separate dedicated units comprised of pediatric, neonatal, cardiac and technology dependent intensive care units. These are supported by land based, helicopter and fixed wing emergency transport services. An emergency surgical suite adjacent to the heliport is available to stabilize patients prior to transfer to the main operating room complex. A busy emergency department is situated between the operating room and radiology suites. The hospital contains comprehensive diagnostic services including laboratory, imaging and electrophysiologic modalities.
  • Children's at Scottish Rite is a 250 bed free standing children's hospital. The facility includes 72 ICU beds for three separate dedicated units comprised of pediatric, neonatal and technology dependent intensive care units. These are supported by land based, helicopter and fixed wing emergency transport services. An emergency surgical suite adjacent to the heliport is available to stabilize patients prior to transfer to the main operating room complex. A busy emergency department is situated between operating room and radiology suites. The hospital contains comprehensive diagnostic services including laboratory, imaging and electrophysiologic modalities.
  • Emory University Hospital is a 597-bed, adult tertiary care facility serving the metropolitan Atlanta area as well as the state of Georgia and surrounding region. The hospital contains 24 single occupancy neurology and neurosurgery rooms on floors 2G and 3G with dedicated neuroscience nursing. The area includes 6 epilepsy monitoring units (video/EEG), and all rooms are “hard wired” to a central reading station. Six beds are equipped to allow respiratory and hemodynamic patient monitoring and act as an “intermediate unit” for more intense patient monitoring. An additional 4 portable monitoring units are available for use in the ICU or on other care units. Intraoperative monitoring is also performed by Neurology staff. There is an out-patient/in-patient neuro-diagnostic laboratory on 2G housing 4 EEG/EP rooms which can also be utilized for sleep studies at night and one room dedicated to trans-cranial doppler studies. In addition, there is an area for on-line visual monitoring of both the patient and the data as well as a room used by the resident/fellow for data interpretation. There are also 20 neurology and neurosurgery ICU beds staffed by 2 full-time neuro-intensivists and appropriately trained nurse practitioners and nurses. Support facilities include a full-service neuro-radiology division with expertise in CT, MRI, diagnostic angiography, and interventional neuro-radiology. Neurosurgical consultation is available at all times, as are other specialty consultation services. The hospital includes 47 and 56 psychiatry and rehabilitation beds, respectively. The Emory Clinic is an out-patient facility directly across the street from Emory University Hospital. Neurology is housed on the 3rd floor. There are 16 examination/consultation rooms and 3 EMG/NCV laboratory rooms and 2 daytime EEG rooms.
  • Children’s Specialty Services, most outpatient activity for the Division takes place outside the hospital at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Specialty Services Outpatient Clinic located at the North Druid Hills Campus at 1605 Chantilly Drive and Scottish Rite Campus at 975 Johnson’s Ferry Road. The outpatient clinic at North Druid Hills consists of reception and waiting areas, 13 exam rooms, additional individual meeting rooms, one conference room, and office space for residents and faculty. Outpatient EEG and phlebotomy services are performed on site. The outpatient clinic Scottish Rite consists of reception and waiting area, seven exam rooms, one meeting room, family meeting rooms and work/resource area for all staff and clinician. The pediatric neurology resident continuity clinic meets weekly at this clinic.
  • Grady Memorial Hospital, with over 1100 beds, is one of the largest general hospitals in the world. Located in the heart of the historic "Sweet Auburn" district of downtown Atlanta only five miles from Emory, Grady serves the populations of Fulton and DeKalb counties. Here, residents are exposed to the entire spectrum of acute neurological disease and assume major responsibility for patient care, both on the neurology inpatient service and the hospital-wide neurology consultation service. The Neurology outpatient clinics and inpatient service are conveniently located on the same floor alongside our neurophysiology laboratories, an up-to-date departmental library, call rooms, and faculty offices.

The Division of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics currently has eighteen pediatric neurologists and eleven advanced practice providers with a variety of research interests. The neurology team’s multidisciplinary approach is supported by a multitude of pediatric professionals including:
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Neuroradiology
  • Social work
  • Child life specialists
  • Pharmacists
As part of the team fellows:
  • Work with a large and diverse population of children with a variety of neurological diseases, learning to treat acute emergencies, as well as care for chronic conditions.
  • Become exposed to state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of children with neurological disease, including epilepsy surgery, management of vagal nerve stimulators, baclofen pump management and pediatric neurophysiology.
  • Receive education in all facets of adult neurology from a distinguished adult neurology faculty.
  • Become the primary caretaker and leader of the inpatient neurology service, as well as in the fellow’s continuity clinic.
  • Participate in daily medical rounds, as well as a variety of conferences with opportunities to teach and learn

Applicants to the Pediatric Neurology Residency program must complete an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The program offer positions for a five year continuous categorical track and a three year continuous reserved track for residents at the PGY3 or above level – (must have completed at least 2 years of general pediatrics training in an ACGME accredited program).

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact:

Marianna Watson, C-TAGME
Pediatric Neurology Residency Coordinator
2015 Uppergate Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-727-5747
Fax: 404-727-8997
Email:  Marianna.Watson@emory.edu

PGY 1-2: In the first two years of training, the participant will be a resident with the Department of Pediatrics Residency Program.

PL-1 # Blocks
General pediatric wards—Children’s at Egleston 3
General pediatric wards—Grady Health System and Children's at Hughes Spalding 1
Subspecialty wards—Children’s at Egleston 2
Subspecialty/general peds night float—Children’s at Egleston 1
Intermediate nursery—Grady Health System 1
*Ambulatory and term nursery—Grady Health System 2
*Pediatric Emergency department— Grady Health System and Children's at Hughes Spalding 1
Behavior and developmental pediatrics 1
*Elective 1
PL-2 # Blocks
PICU—Children's at Egleston 2
NICU—Grady Health System 2
Subspecialty outpatient/wards—Children's at Egleston 2
Egleston general pediatrics night float—Children's at Egleston 1
Pediatric Emergency department—Grady Health System and Children's at Hughes Spalding 1
*Pediatric Emergency department—Grady Health System and Children's at Hughes Spalding 2
*Electives with call 2
*Electives without call 1
Adolescent Medicine 1

PGY 3-4:During the PGY 3 year, the resident will transition to the Neurology program, completing eleven months of adult neurology wards and outpatient clinics at Grady Health System and Emory University Hospital and one month of pediatric electropsysiology

PL-3 # Blocks
Adult wards 6
Neuropath/neuroradiology 5
Cognitive neurology 1

During the PGY 4 year, the neurology resident will complete eleven months of inpatient and outpatient pediatric neurology rotations at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston, Scottish Rite, and Executive Park campuses, and one month of child psychiatry.

PL-4 # of  4 week blocks

Pediatric Neurology Wards

9 months
Outpatient clinic 3 months

PGY 5: The PGY 5 year is reserved for elective rotations planned at the discretion of the resident with input from the division chief. Two months of neuropathology must be completed, one month of an adult neurology elective, and one month of child psychiatry. The remaining eight months can be used for a variety of electives within neurology such as neurophysiology, spasticity, epilepsy, neuromuscular, or sleep medicine.  Through Emory University School of Medicine, rotations with other subspecialties, such as neurosurgery, genetics and neuro-oncology, can be arranged. The residents are encouraged and supported in their efforts to pursue original research projects, which can be completed during research electives.

PL-5 # Blocks
Neuropathology 2
Child psychiatry 1
Adult Neuro Elective 1
Elective/Research 5
Pediatric Neurology Inpatient 3
CONFERENCES


  1. Adult Neurology Morning Report - occurs every Tuesday and Thursday morning and is designed for residents to present and discuss with attending physicians any cases admitted overnight. (PGY3)
  2. Adult Neurology Resident Didactics – Occurs each Friday (PGY-3-5)
  3. Pediatric Neurology Journal Club—occurs the first Friday (SR) & third Friday (EGl) of each month for critical review of the latest research in pediatric neurology. (PGY 4-5)
  4. Neurology Grand Rounds—occurs each Friday morning with presentations by nationally recognized experts in neurology and related fields. (PGY 3-5)
  5. NeuroRadiology Conference – Occurs the first Friday(SR) & third Friday (EG) of every month to gain exposure and understand the utility and interpretation of imaging studies of the nervous system, including CT, MRI, MR, and angiography, MR venography, MR spectroscopy, conventional angiography, and brain ultrasound. (PGY 4-5)
  6. Pediatric Grand Rounds—Occurs each Wednesday morning with presentations from local and national experts in a variety of areas of pediatric medicine. An additional grand round occurs each Thursday morning at the Grady Health System campus and is designed as a case presentation series. (PGY 4-5)
  7. Neurophysiology Conference—occurs weekly with rotating presentations from epilepsy, neuromuscular and sleep medicine. (PGY 3-5)
  8. Epilepsy Surgery Conference—Pediatric and adult surgery cases are presented for evaluation each Friday morning with participation from the entire epilepsy surgery team, including neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology and neuropsychology. (PGY 3-5)
  9. Neuromuscular Rounds—occurs each week with a neuromuscular patient presentation from the pediatric or adult inpatient services. (PGY 3-5) 10. Case Conference – occurs the third Friday of each month with presentation and discussion of active cases. (PGY 4-5)
  10. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds – occurs first Friday at Scottish Rite (PGY 4-5)
  11. Quality Improvement Conference - occurs quarterly to review cases with poor or avoidable outcomes. (PGY 4-5)

Salaries are competitive and congruent with postgraduate training experience. Further information regarding benefits, malpractice, moonlighting and other policies is available from the Office of Graduate Medical Education. In addition to the benefits provided by Emory University School of Medicine, the Department of Neurology provides discretionary funds for each resident for the purchase of textbooks and other educational materials, and to cover meeting-related travel expenses. The department also covers the cost of membership in the American Academy of Neurology for each resident, and provides several additional benefits, including a subscription to the journals Neurology and Continuum. In addition to the paid vacation provided by the university, the Division of Neurology provides an additional week of academic leave time annually to allow for resident participation in meetings and other scholarly activities.

How to Apply?

Applicants to the Emory University Child Neurology Residency program must complete an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). For the categorical track, you do not need to submit a separate application to the Department of Pediatrics Residency Program. Both positions will be participating in the National Residential Matching Program (NRMP) match.

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What is the length of your training program?

We offer two training tracks.  The categorical track is five years of continuous training (2 years general pediatrics and 3 years child neurology).  The reserved track is 3 years of child neurology training.  Residents having completed at least 2 years of general pediatrics training in an ACGME accredited program are eligible to apply. 

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Will you be interviewing for PGY3 positions in the 2018-2019 interview cycle?

NO

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Do you interview/accept foreign medical graduates?

Yes

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Do you accept DO's?

Yes.

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Do you accept COMPLEX scores?

Yes, we will review COMPLEX scores; however, we will need to see USMLE scores as well.

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At the time of application is the ECFMG certificate required?

Yes.

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Are the USMLE Step 2 CS & Step 2 CK scores absolutely required by the time of application?

No, however scores must be submitted prior to contract.

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Is U.S. residency training required for the PGY3/reserved position?

Yes.

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Which types of visas do you sponsor/accept?

International Medical Graduates seeking appointment to a residency position must be certified by the ECFMG and enter the training program on a J-1 or H-1B1 visa, unless a citizen of the United States or holding an Alien Registration Card.  For J-1 visas visit the ECFMG website for further information: www.ecfmg.org. For information on H-1B1 visas, visit Emory University's International Student and Scholar Programs at www.emory.edu/ISSP/.

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When is your application deadline?

Emory University Pediatrics Neurology follows the ERAS timeline for applications to be submitted. 

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If you have any questions or need additional information, contact:

Marianna Watson, C-TAGME
Pediatric Neurology Residency Coordinator
Phone: 404-727-5747      Fax: 404-727-8997
Email:  Marianna.Watson@emory.edu

Emory University Pediatric Neurology Residency                              
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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