Child Neurology Program Director’s Message

Thank you for your interest in the Child Neurology Residency Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. It a fascinating time to begin a career in child neurology with recent advances in the understanding and treatment of pediatric neurological diseases.  I am very proud of the comprehensive training our program provides and I’m excited to share it with you! Our mission is focused on training skilled and compassionate child neurologists and to foster resident’s interest in not only teaching but also in the care of vulnerable patient populations. We accomplish this through our extensive exposure to clinical child neurology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the only dedicated pediatric hospital system in the state of Arkansas, as well as a robust educational curriculum lead by multiple board-certified child neurologist with various clinical and research interests.

The UAMS Child Neurology Residency is a three-year ACGME accredited training program that accepts one resident per year with guaranteed acceptance into the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program for the first two preliminary years. The first year of training is comprised of adult rotations at UAMS where the residents will learn the fundamentals of the neurological examination as well as localization and characterization of neurological disease. The second and third years are dedicated to child neurology with core rotations focused on inpatient and outpatient neurology exposure. During outpatient clinic months, residents will be involved in general neurology clinics as well as subspecialty clinics such as brain tumor, spinal muscular atrophy, spasticity, pediatric demyelinating disorders, tuberous sclerosis and many more. Ample elective time is included throughout the three years of training to help residents focus their individual interests in the various areas of child neurology. During training, residents gain exposure to innovative technology including magnetoencephalography and transcranial magnetic stimulation and work with a comprehensive epilepsy team within a Level 4 Epilepsy Center. In addition, research exposure during training is not only encouraged but fostered through a formal research education curriculum and mentorship.

Beyond the educational curriculum, I am proud of the social connections provided during training within our program. It is not unusual to have trepidation intermixed within the excitement of starting a combined five-year program. We appreciate that residency can be a trying and sometimes difficult time but we can guarantee that it will also be extremely rewarding as you transition from a medical student to a physician. Our residents quickly become part of the child neurology family and we remain committed to fostering a sense of community and compassion during your time in Arkansas.  To accomplish this, the program focuses on supporting our residents in all aspects with a strong emphasis on resident wellness and with multiple programs in place to support this.

I am excited to show you more about our program as you review our website. I hope you are able to sense the dedication of our close-knit program to teaching not only the fundamentals of child neurology but in fostering a desire to provide comprehensive care to underserved and vulnerable patient populations. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!


Erin Willis, M.D.
Child Neurology Residency Program Director