Child neurologists are specially trained physicians who have followed up their four-year medical school education with a five-year post-graduate training regimen consisting of two years training in pediatrics, one year in general neurology and two years in pediatric neurology. In 1969, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) awarded the first board certificate in Neurology "with Special Qualification in Child Neurology."
Mayo Clinic's three-year Child & Adolescent Neurology Residency Program is closely integrated with its Adult Neurology Residency Program. The Child & Adolescent Neurology Residency has didactic programs, clinical services, research opportunities and first year of clinical training similar to the adult neurology program, but with an added emphasis on neurodevelopment issues.
Your training program can be customized to meet your individual career goals. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology requires that you complete two years of general pediatrics residency or one year of pediatric residency, plus one year of internal medicine residency to become certified in neurology with a special competence in child neurology.
If you complete two years of pediatric training, you will be board-eligible in pediatrics and neurology with a special competence in child neurology. If you complete one year each of internal medicine and pediatrics, you will be eligible only for neurology certification with a special competence in child neurology.
When you successfully complete the Child & Adolescent Neurology Residency Program, you will be able to take the certification examination in "Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology" as offered by the ABPN.