Pediatric Child Neurology Residency

About the Pediatric Child Neurology Residency Program

The Division of Neurology at CHOP 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 46 clinical child neurologists; six full-time basic science faculty; five Neurology nurse practitioners; 13 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.

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 pursuing academic child neurology careers. Recent graduates are now assistant or associate professors at 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.

Residency Program Director

Sudha Kessler, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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

Ashley Rees-Jones
Program Coordinator-Neurology Center for Education, Research and Training
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3501 Civic Center Blvd. - Colket Translational Research Building - 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-590-1722
reesjonesa@email.chop.edu

Training and rotations

The Pediatric Child Neurology Residency meets the training requirements established by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and follows this general structure:

1st year

  • Six (6) months of Adult Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Six (6) months of Child Neurology at CHOP including:
    • Four (4) months child neurology (each month split between inpatient and consult services), night call from home q4-5;
    • One (1) month neuromuscular at CHOP
    • One (1) month outpatient sub-specialty clinics at CHOP

2nd year

  • Six (6) months in adult neurology, call from home when on the inpatient services (2-3 months)
  • Three (3) months at CHOP, call from home q4-5
  • Three (3) months elective

3rd year

  • Three (3) months at CHOP, call from home q4-5
  • Nine (9) months elective (two required electives, psychiatry and rehab)

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 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Conference schedules

Monday

8 a.m. — CHOP NeuroRads Conference (weekly)
8 a.m. — CHOP NeuroRads Conference (weekly)
Noon — CHOP Neurology Residents Conference (weekly) / Business Meeting (monthly)

Tuesday

8 a.m. — HUP Stroke or Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference (weekly))
11 a.m. — Brain Cutting (weekly))
Noon — HUP Lecture Series (weekly)

Wednesday

8 a.m. — HUP Professor Rounds
Noon — HUP Lecture Series (weekly)
Noon — CHOP Stroke Conference (weekly)

Thursday

8 a.m. — CHOP Clinical Neuroscience Conference or HUP Professor Rounds (weekly)
1 p.m. — Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program (PREP) (weekly)
2 p.m. — Muscle Conference (weekly)

Friday

8 a.m. — HUP PORC or HUP NeuroRads or Neuropath Conference (weekly)
Noon — HUP Lecture Series

*Attendance is mandatory at the Monday noon and Thursday morning Neuroscience Conference, and HUP Grand Rounds.

How to apply

The Child Neurology Residency Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is currently offering:

  • Five (5) categorical residency positions to begin in 2018

All candidates must apply through ERAS. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

Categorical candidates need only apply to the Child Neurology Program. Please do not apply to both the Pediatric and Child Neurology Programs.

Application requirements

  • ERAS application
  • Three (3) letters of reference (LORs). We do not require a Chair's letter as we realize that many students are not well-known to the Chair. We prefer letters from physicians who know the applicants and their work.
  • Dean’s letter (AKA Medical School Performance Evaluation [MSPE])
  • Medical school transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE Parts 1, 2 (if available)
  • ECFMG Certification if graduated from a medical school outside the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico
  • Residents must have completed two years of pediatric training
  • International medical graduates must have completed one year of formal training in the United States

If you have any questions at any time during the application process, please contact Ashley Rees-Jones at (215) 590-1722 or by email at reesjonesa@email.chop.edu.

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Information about the selection and interview process

  • All communication with applicants is via e-mail. We review applications on a rolling basis. We will review an application once we receive the ERAS application form and personal statement, medical school transcript and USMLE or COMLEX scores.
  • Once our Selection Committee reviews your application, you will be notified of the status. The possibilities are: an offer of an interview, a denial of an interview, or being placed in a holding category until we receive the Medical Student Performance Evaluation/Dean's Letter that is transmitted to programs by ERAS beginning 1n October.
  • You should respond by e-mail to the interview offer that will come from the Program. E-mail is the preferred method of arranging interviews, as it provides a record of the arrangements.
  • Residency interviews are held from early November to mid-January. Neurology interviews are scheduled on Wednesdays. Pediatric interviews are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You are welcome to interview with us on any day that fits your schedule, but it usually works best if you schedule pediatrics and neurology interviews on consecutive days.
  • We generally do not interview during the last weeks of November and December.
  • Typically, five to six potential interview dates are included in the offer of an interview e-mail. You will be asked to provide, in rank order, three of the offered dates that work for you. Once your e-mail is reviewed, you will be assigned to one of those dates. You will receive a confirmation e-mail verifying the date and providing details about the schedule, the location and other instructions needed by applicants coming to interview.
  • Neurology interviews begin with an informal dinner with our current residents (6 p.m. the evening before your interview). Dinner with the neurology residents is extremely helpful, but not essential. The interview day begins with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and ends around 5 p.m.

Residents must live within an easy 30-minute commute of the Hospital. Most single residents live in Center City Philadelphia, which is a safe, affordable area within walking distance of CHOP. Center City is also home to excellent restaurants and shopping.

Residents with young children often live in the suburbs where you can find plenty of affordable housing, excellent public schools and an easy commute.

Learn more about living and working in Philadelphia »

Current residents

Meet our current Child Neurology Residents:

Danielle Guez Barber, MD, PhD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY5
Education: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (2012-2015)

Ana Gabriela Cristancho, MD, PhD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY5
Education: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (2013-2015)

Sara Fridinger, MD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY5
Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (2013-2015)

Rachel Gottlieb-Smith, MD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY5
Education: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (2013-2015)

Naomi Lewin, MD, PhD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY5
Education: Cornell University College of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Susan Matesanz, MD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY4
Education: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Carlyn Patterson Gentile, MD, PhD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY4
Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Jeremy Wong, MD, MEng
Child Neurology Resident, PGY4
Education: UC Davis School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics Children’s Hospital - Oakland

Melissa Hutchinson, MD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY4
Education:Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Vishnu Cuddapah, MD, PhD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY3
Education: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Brian White, MD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY3
Education:Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Amisha Patel, MD, MPH
Child Neurology Resident, PGY3
Education:George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Residency: Pediatrics – Tripler Army Medical Center

Duriel Hardy, MD
Child Neurology Resident, PGY3
Education: Duke University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia