The Pediatric Neurology Fellowship prepares fellows to provide comprehensive and coordinated care to children with a wide range of neurological conditions. The program emphasizes developing clinical competencies and skills so physicians can offer high quality care in the community.
Tufts Children's Hospital is part of Tufts Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in downtown Boston, so we emphasize learning through clinical practice, research, lectures and other methods of instruction. We focus on:
Finally, we encourage fellows to develop a variety of intellectual skills, such as:
The Pediatric Neurology Fellowship integrates the core competencies of the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) into the curriculum. These include:
We encourage fellows to participate in research related to pediatric neurology. And, at Tufts Children's Hospital at Tufts Medical Center, there are many exciting research opportunities to choose from. Fellows can pursue research projects that are clinical, epidemiologic or laboratory-focused.
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Fellows spend twelve months working in adult neurology. This includes five months during the fellow’s PL-3, five months during the fellow’s PL-4 and two months during their final year of fellowship. This time spent working in adult neurology can be completed at Tufts Medical Center, Lahey Clinic or St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Fellows also spend twelve months on the pediatric neurology service, supervising the consult service and coordinating urgent visits in the outpatient clinics. This is scheduled during all three years of fellowship.
In addition, fellows participate in several specialty core rotations. These include:
The remaining months are available for elective rotations and research activities. EEG and neuromuscular are popular elective rotations, as well.
Fellows complete their training at Tufts Medical Center, a world-class academic medical center located in Boston and the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. It also sponsors nineteen specialty ACGME-accredited clinical training programs.
Tufts Medical Center is a 415-bed robust organization, providing everything from routine medical care to treating the most complex diseases affecting adults and children. Tufts Medical Center is also home to the Tufts Children's Hospital, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care.
Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, is a level I trauma center, provides comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, and offers cutting-edge cancer treatments.
Tufts Medical Center is also home to The Boston Gamma Knife Center, the first and only Gamma Knife Center in Massachusetts and northern New England.
Recognizing that working long hours in a new and intensely challenging environment can also pose challenges to balancing work and home life, a number of programs are in place at Tufts Children's to help ease the transition from student to pediatric specialist.
As fellowship begins, each fellow will choose a faculty member, often based upon future career interests, research interest and similar personalities. Throughout the years of training, fellows may meet with their mentor to receive constructive feedback on their progress and to discuss career planning, research and more.
Frequent meetings take place between the fellows and their program director. Meetings also take place between the fellows and the coordinator to discuss fellow’s ideas and thoughts about the program.
At Tufts Children's, the intense chemistry established between all classes of residents, fellows and attendings is clearly extended to our social lives. Residents and fellows are encouraged to enjoy the great city of Boston and the abundant opportunities for outside activities throughout New England.
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John Gaitanis, MD, Chief
Tomo Tarui, MD
Anthony Rodrigues, MD - Program Director
Neel Madan, MD
Ju Tang, MD, PhD
To be eligible to apply for a RESERVED position in the Child Neurology Residency Training Program , the candidate must have completed two or three years of Pediatrics; board-eligibility or certification in Pediatrics is preferred.
Under special circumstances we accept candidates who apply as fourth-year medical students into an ADVANCED or CATEGORICAL position. Please see www.childneurologysociety.org/ and click on the TRAINING PROGRAMS button for more information about the application process.
To apply, submit your application using ERAS and also register with NRMP. After you register with NRMP log into ERAS and update your profile with your NRMP number.
Please include the following with your NRMP application:
Your letters of recommendation must include:
We strongly suggest including:
Please consult ERAS for application instructions.
After the applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be invited by email to interview. The large number of applications precludes us from offering interviews to all applicants. Interviews are held in October, November and December. A choice of dates is available and every effort is made to accommodate applicants.
You will be welcomed by the program director. Each applicant will have two or three faculty interviews that last a half hour each. A fellow will meet with you and take you on a tour of Tufts Children's Hospital. You will enjoy a lunch with our current fellows to discuss the program and life as a resident in Boston – all in a relaxed and warm atmosphere.
To learn more about benefits at Tufts Medical Center, download our benefits package.
To learn more, contact our fellowship coordinator:
Pediatric Fellowship Program Coordinator