The Program

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (UAMS) offers an ACGME accredited residency in Child Neurology. It is the intent of the Child Neurology training program to develop physicians well trained and able to practice in a competent and independent fashion as neurologists with special competence in child neurology. This training is achieved through a) supervised clinical work with increasing responsibility for outpatients and inpatients and b) a foundation of organized instruction in basic neurosciences. Physicians completing the program will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The Place

The Division of Pediatric Neurology is located at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), a 370 bed quaternary care facility that is the only pediatric medical center in the state of Arkansas with a population of 2.8 million, and which serves as a referral center for areas of southern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana and northeast Texas. The hospital is the major pediatric teaching affiliate for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Established in 1910, the hospital has undergone rapid growth and is now one of the ten largest children’s hospitals in the nation.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is the state’s only academic medical center and is responsible for training more than 80 percent of the physicians in Arkansas as well as the majority of other medical professionals in the state.

The staff of the section of Pediatric Neurology provides inpatient and consultation services throughout the busy free-standing children’s hospital, including large and active PICU, CVICU and NICU facilities. A thirteen-bed inpatient video EEG monitoring unit along with long-term bedside EEG and numerous routine EEG’s allows ample opportunity for learning electroencephalography. Arkansas Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program has been certified as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, providing comprehensive clinical and surgical programs for children with intractable epilepsy and allowing extensive experience in epilepsy management to residents. Additionally, clinical opportunities include multiple subspecialty neurology clinics including brain tumor, muscular dystrophy, tuberous sclerosis, spasticity, demyelinating and neurometabolic clinics in the Neuroscience Outpatient Center with 35 exam rooms. Other clinical services are uniformly strong and supportive, providing a rich and challenging learning environment. Research opportunities include clinical research as well as the chance to interface with basic scientists at UAMS or in ACH labs.