Division of Neurology

Pediatric Child Neurology Residency Program

Residency Program overview and mission

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Division of Child Neurology offers a three-year residency in Pediatric Child Neurology. Most trainees choose to enter our five-year Neurology / Pediatrics Combined Residency Program, which begins with two years of pediatrics training. Our Division includes a dedicated team of 33 clinical Child Neurologists; five full-time basic science faculty; four Neurology nurse practitioners;10 child Neurology residents; five fellows; allied health professionals and support staff who provide primary and consultative care to children with a wide variety of neurologic diseases in a tertiary care setting.

Residency Program Director

Donald P. Younkin, MD
Attending Physician, Director Clinical Child Neurology
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Division Chief

Brenda Banwell, MD
Chief, Division of Neurology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology)
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 

Residency Coordinator

Neiressa P. Croom
Program Coordinator-Neurology Center for Education, Research and Training
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3501 Civic Center Blvd-CTRB Building-10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 590-1722


Specific information by years and/or rotations

The child neurology residency program meets the training requirements established by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the ACGME and follows this general structure:

1st year

2nd year

3rd year


Research expectations and opportunities

All residents must complete a patient oriented research (POR) project in their 3rd year. With a faculty mentor, residents design an IRB approved project and present data and results at Grand Rounds to Neurology faculty from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


General information on outcomes of residents after graduation

For the last 15 years, the majority of our Child Neurology graduates have completed post-residency fellowship training. Graduates of our Residency program have been very successful in pursing academic Child Neurology careers. Recent graduates are now assistant or associate professors at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Harvard, University of California at San Francisco, University of Michigan, Loma Linda University, Stanford, Bowman Grey, Children’s National Medical Center and Dartmouth.


Additional information about the Child Neurology Residency Program

Faculty and staff of the Division of Neurology
Division of Neurology
How to Apply


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