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Year Two

Program Description – Year Two Objectives

During the second year of training, the resident will care for pediatric neurology patients seen in consultation in the pediatric neurology outpatient clinics at Boston Medical Center. They will also take on inpatient responsibilities, including admissions, in-hospital consultations, and emergency room consultations.

The Primary Objectives of Year Two

  • To learn the sequence of normal development in the preterm and full-term newborn, infant, toddler, older child, adolescent and young adult.
  • To learn to obtain detailed developmental and neurological histories and conduct a neurological examination at each stage of development. The resident will also learn a variety of techniques to foster rapport with the child in order to complete a successful comprehensive examination.
  • To learn to communicate with and provide appropriate supportive care to the entire family unit.
  • To be exposed to in-depth teaching directed to the full spectrum of neurological disorders seen in children and to pursue critical reading about these disorders.
  • To manage acute neurological problems in children, including those seen in the emergency room and the pediatric intensive care units.
  • To learn to work closely with primary care physicians.
  • To learn the neuroanatomical and neuropathological underpinning of the full array of neurological diseases in children.
  • To learn about the wide variety of diagnostic techniques used to facilitate neurological diagnosis, and the indications for ordering these different diagnostic techniques; to learn functional neuroanatomy and neuropathology and clinical-neuropathological correlations.