Mission and Overview
Meet some of our residents, resident alumni, and faculty!
The University of Michigan Health System provides funding for an integrated five-year training program in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology that leads to eligibility for board certification in Pediatrics and Child Neurology. We offer four positions each year.
For the five-year program, the first two years are devoted to Pediatric residency training; the curriculum is designed to meet American Board of Pediatrics requirements and will lead to eligibility for Pediatric certification at the end of the final (fifth) year of training.
Candidates for the five-year program must apply both to the Pediatric residency program and the Pediatric Neurology residency training program through NRMP (ERAS application). (Note that although the NRMP ranking for Pediatrics Residency is for a Preliminary position, the ERAS application for the University of Michigan Pediatrics position should be marked as Categorical. The applicant's personal statement should indicate that the application is for the combined five-year Pediatrics-Child Neurology program.)
Training in Pediatric Neurology begins in the third post-graduate year. The three-year Pediatric Neurology training program (which is considered a “residency,” according to ACGME guidelines) includes one year of Adult Neurology, one year of clinical Pediatric Neurology, and one year of additional specialized training. The third year of training is designed to meet ACMGE requirements and to provide residents with opportunities for a broad range of electives.
Required third-year rotations include Child Psychiatry (one month), Pediatric Rehabilitation (one month), Neuropathology (one month), and EEG (two months) as well as clinic rotations in Pediatric Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders.
The University of Michigan offers a broad and diverse academic environment. There are many teaching conferences in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics. There are excellent established training programs for physicians interested in clinical and basic research.
The three-year program is under the guidance of Steven Leber, M.D., Ph.D., Program Director and Division Director. Dr. Leber was honored with the Blue Bird Circle Training Award from the Child Neurology Society and Professors of Child Neurology, recognizing outstanding performance by a child neurology training director.
The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows.”
A message to our applicants from Heather Burrows, M.D, Ph.D, Program Director of the Pediatrics residency
Your first two years provide a strong foundation in general pediatrics as you make the transition from medical school to residency. Our Child Neurology residents are fully integrated into our pediatric family and make a difference in the way our program functions on a regular basis. We share in celebrating your successes throughout your entire training period. The pediatric curriculum is designed specifically to meet the needs of residents going into Child Neurology, with graduated supervisory responsibility in the second year, and elective opportunities such as pediatric ophthalmology, genetics, and pediatric palliative care that fit well with your career goals. I work closely with Steve Leber, the Child Neurology Program Director, to ensure that Child Neurology residents have the appropriate mentoring and career planning from the start of their training here. I am excited to be a part of your future as a child neurologist.
See the Pediatrics Residency Program section for information on the Pediatrics residency and this youtube video featuring some of our residents.
A message to our applicants from Zach London, M.D., Program Director of the adult Neurology residency
Your year with adult neurology at the University of Michigan is an opportunity for great personal and professional growth. Our child neurology residents are an integral part of our neurology family and help shape every aspect of our program. We recognize that it can be an adjustment coming to adult neurology when your most recent clinical experience in the field may have been several years prior, so to ease the transition, we’ll have you join us for a month-long non-clinical rotation right before you start. During this time, we will work together on case-based learning, localization exercises, and practice the examination and procedure skills used in adult neurology. During your year of adult neurology, we will help you customize your schedule to best prepare you for your careers, with specialty rotation in EEG, EMG, epilepsy, headache, or a number of other inpatient our outpatient specialties. I look forward to the privilege of working with you!
Clinical responsibilities during the Adult Neurology year typically include a combination of inpatient consultation and outpatient responsibilities. Residents attend their own weekly Pediatric Neurology continuity clinics during parts of the 2nd year of pediatric training and during their year of Adult Neurology training.
During the clinical Pediatric Neurology year, on the inpatient service, Pediatric Neurology residents function primarily as consultants for pediatric medical and surgical services. There are typically about 25 consults per week. We also have our own Pediatric Epilepsy Service with inpatient nurse practitioners. There are currently about 600 admissions per year. In their senior year, Pediatric Neurology residents are assigned to a formal supervisory role on the inpatient service for at least one rotation.
A major focus of clinical activities and training is in the out-patient setting. We have an active general Pediatric Neurology out-patient clinic with about 7,500 patient visits yearly (2,000 new consultations and 5,500 return visits). Members of our faculty also participate in a broad range of Pediatric Multi-disciplinary Programs and Clinics, including Neuro-oncology, Sleep Disorders, Neuromuscular Disease, Refractory Epilepsy, Autism/Developmental Assessment, High Risk Neonatal follow-up, Childhood Movement Disorders, Fetal Neurology, and Neurocutaneous Disorders Specialty Clinics.
During the third year of the training program, obligatory clinical responsibilities include 1/2 day Pediatric Neurology Continuity clinic per week and full participation in the night and weekend call schedule. More detailed curriculum information is available.
The faculty in the Division of Pediatric Neurology - with their areas of special interest and expertise - include:
- Martha Carlson, M.D., Ph.D. Developmental disorders and neurogenetics
- Vivian Cheung, M.D. Gene regulation and human genetics
- Louis Dang, M.D., Ph.D. Pediatric epilepsy, epileptogenesis, stem cells
- Erin Fedak Romanowksi, D.O. Pediatric epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, global health
- Rachel Gottlieb-Smith, MD, General child neurology, medical education
- Timothy Hoban, M.D. Pediatric sleep disorders
- Sucheta Joshi, M.D., M.B.B.S. Pediatric epilepsy, telemedicine, transition of care
- Erin Neil Knierbein, D.O. Pediatric neuromuscular disorders
- Steven Leber, M.D., Ph.D. Pediatric headache; medical informatics
- Ava Lin, M.D, ., Ph.D., Pediatric neuromuscular disorders
- Lisa Matlen, MD, Pediatric sleep disorders
- Kerri Neville, M.D., epilepsy
- Patricia Robertson, M.D. Pediatric neuro-oncology program
- Renée Shellhaas, M.D., M.S. Pediatric epilepsy, neonatal neurology
- Faye Silverstein, M.D. Neonatal brain injury; pediatric neuropharmacology
- Garnett Smith, MD, Pediatric epilepsy, epileptogenesis/EEG analysis, epilepsy surgery
- Nancy McNamara, M.D. Pediatric epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, medical education
- Julie Ziobro, MD, Genetic epilepsy, epileptogenesis, epilepsy surgery
In addition, numerous opportunities for research collaboration exist within the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, as well as with members of other departments in the University.
- Kaitlyn Cartwright, M.D., HO III
- Theresa Estiphan, M.D., HO IV
- Ishani Kumar, M.D., HO IV
- Rachel Nayak, M.D., HO IV
- Namrata Patel, M.D., HO V
- Rachel Sehgal, M.D., HO III
- Taryn-Leigh Surtees, M.D., HO V
Residents currently doing their Pediatrics training:
Elective Rotations for Medical Students
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Michigan Medical School will not be allowing students from other medical students to do elective rotations here this year. However, an exception has been made for Child Neurology for students at schools that do not offer rotations in this field and have no local options. If this applies to you and you are interested in doing an elective rotation, please see the Michigan Medicine Visiting Students webpage and contact both Nani Sypher Hunter, UMMS Visiting Student Program coordinator and Dr. Rachel Gottlieb-Smith from Pediatric Neurology.