Residents have core training in pediatric neurology in Year 1. In July and August, all residents will spend three hours per week in a clinical pediatric neurology rotation led by David Holtzman, M.D., a Board-certified pediatric neurologist at MGH. Residents will attend pediatric neurology clinics, along with pediatric neurology residents examining and presenting children and adolescents with neurological disorders.
They will take histories and perform neurological examinations and present their findings and impressions along with plans for diagnostic studies and treatment to the clinic attendings. The goals of this rotation are threefold: to learn history-taking of common and uncommon pediatric neurology problems, to learn techniques of pediatric neurological examinations and to correlate laboratory findings with clinical and historical data.
The cases for teaching include cerebral palsy, mental retardation, seizures, learning disabilities, movement disorders, headaches, brain tumors and post-infectious, post-traumatic and metabolic encephalopathies. Additional experience in pediatric neurology may be gained by arrangement in the Year 2 elective block.