Child Neurology Residency Program


Child Neurology Residency Program

The subspecialty Child Neurology residency is a three-year program with a prerequisite of either a two year residency in Pediatrics, or one year of Pediatric residency coupled with one year of residency training in Internal Medicine in the United States. Four full-time and two part-time faculty train residents in Child Neurology, principally at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, a renowned 190 bed tertiary care center.

This Program qualifies a physician for certification in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology. Twelve of the 36 months are spent on the adult neurology service. An additional 12 months are devoted to the study of clinical child neurology in the ambulatory and inpatient settings. The ambulatory program provides the resident an opportunity to rotate through clinics in general child neurology, neurofibromatosis, neuro-oncology, neonatolgy, myelodysplasia, and neuromuscular disorders. The final 12 months are spent in the study of neuropathology, neuroradiology, clinical neurophysiology, or clinical research. While on the ward rotation, the resident makes daily rounds with the attending child neurologist, and attends all regularly scheduled conferences of the Department of Neurology.

Each resident is expected to participate in a faculty-sponsored research project. Research activities of the faculty are focused on neonatal neurological problems, sleep disorders, and pediatric brain tumors.

Thomas Geller, MD Program Director Child Neurology Residency Program

Thomas Geller, MD
Program Director Child Neurology Residency Program

Frances Copeland
Child Neurology, Program Coordinator
SSM Cardinal Glennon Medical Center
Department of Neurology

Mission Statement:

The Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Neurology is dedicated to the ideals of Saint Louis University, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and our profession in the areas of research, service and education. We endeavor to demonstrate our commitment by pursuing and disseminating both new knowledge and greater understanding of the nervous system, the diseases of childhood that afflict it as well as the methods of diagnosing and treating them. We seek, adapt and implement the finest methods of delivering and practicing clinical child neurology. In those areas where opportunity and our abilities allow, we endeavor to set the standard for others to follow. We recruit, train and educate those who wish to join our profession to first become our peers and then to surpass us in knowledge and accomplishment.

I and my colleagues in the Section of Child Neurology at Saint Louis University extend a warm greeting and best wishes for your career in child neurology. Our residency program, fully accredited since 1989, is primarily located at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and designed to prepare physicians for the independent practice of child neurology in either private practice or academic settings. We hope you will learn more about us on our web site and perhaps visit us. As part of our mission we seek to aid those interested in understanding, diagnosing and treating the neurologic diseases of children to pursue their educational and professional goals For more information, contact Pat Digirolamo at (314)268-4105

My business is to attend the sick and to aid the studies of those who seek knowledge of disease at the bed-side

Peter Mere Latham (1789-1875)


Our curriculum draws on educational and other guidelines developed by the Professors of Child Neurology and the Child Neurology Society. Rather than a statement or definition of what a child neurologist should know and do, we see it as a guide to the basic skills and knowledge that will give our graduates the ability to competently and safely practice our specialty, confident in their abilities and ready to continue the life-long learning and professional development that is the practice of child neurology. Rather than a limit, our curriculum is a foundation on which to build a career.

Dr Geller Clinical Assignments (representative)

Year 1
Child Neurology In patient/consult 2 months
Adult Neurology 9 months
Neuroradiology 1 month
Year 2
Adult Neurology 3 months
EEG; EMG/NCV 4 months
Child Psychiatry 1 month
Developmental Pediatrics 1 months
Pediatric Neurorehabilitation 3 months
Year 3
Child Neurology 4 months
Neuropathology 2 months
Neuro-Ophthalmology 1 month
Neurosurgery 1 month
Elective 4 months
Continuity Clinic: 1 or 2 days a week all three years


Child Neurology Subspecialty Clinics:

Brain Tumor
Cognitive Neurology
Movement Disorder
Sleep Patient Room


Neuroimaging Neuropathology
EEG/Epilepsy Neuro-Oncology
Neurosurgery Genetics


Formal Didactic Program


Teaching Rounds Daily
Neurology Teaching Conference Noon: M-F
Child Neurology Journal Club Every Friday
Child Neurology Case Presentation Every Friday
Neurology Grand Rounds weekly
Pediatric Grand Rounds weekly
Mock oral board exams yearly
Clinical skills assessment yearly
Neurobowl yearly
AFIP neuropathology course once
New Resident orientation Noon M-F July –September


Doisey Research BuildingRESEARCH and Scholarly Activity

The section of child neurology supports and encourages residents’ interest in both basic and clinical research with an infrastructure of conference and mentoring relationships as well as opportunities for collaboration with researchers in both the Department of Neurology and the Department of Pediatrics. Currently, child neurology has active research projects in the areas of epilepsy, anti-epileptic drugs in children, Headache, sleep, pain control and moya-moya disease.

Residents –guided by a member of the faculty- research and present short , scholarly work on interesting cases, conditions, new approaches or our institutions experience with an aspect of neurologic disease yearly. While designed to teach both scholarly skills and discipline, these presentations also teach communication skills, principles of life long self-directed learning and have led to publications in the medical literature.

Er Waiting Room

Residents also prepare and present case studies and other brief scholarly works to their peers and fellow child neurologists at the Annual Missouri Valley Child Neurology Colloquium each Winter.

The Department Director acts as mentor , encouraging and guiding , the residents’ development of research skills and individual projects.