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Pediatric Neurology Fellowship Program

Overview

The Pediatric Neurology Fellowship prepares fellows to provide comprehensive and coordinated care to children with neurological health issues. The program emphasizes developing clinical competencies and skills so physicians can offer high quality care in the community.

Floating Hospital for Children 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:

  • Integration and interpretation of information from various disciplines
  • Engagement in problem solving and public service
  • Discovery through clinical, epidemiologic or laboratory research.

Finally, we encourage fellows to develop a variety of intellectual skills, such as:

  • Crisply defining relevant questions and achievable goals
  • Thoroughly preparing for clinical and teaching assignments
  • Flexibly modifying actions to reflect changes in circumstances
  • Clearly understanding significant results or responses
  • Honestly and effectively presenting information to intended audiences
  • Critically evaluating personal, project and patient outcomes

Clinical Opportunities

The Pediatric Neurology Fellowship integrates the core competencies of the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) into the curriculum. These include:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

Research Opportunities

We encourage fellows to participate in research related to pediatric neurology. And, at Floating Hospital for Children 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.

Learn more about research at Tufts Medical Center

Curriculum

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:

  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Metabolic and genetics
  • Developmental pediatrics and child psychiatry

The remaining months are available for elective rotations and research activities. EEG and neuromuscular are popular elective rotations, as well.

Why Choose Tufts Medical Center

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 Floating Hospital for Children, 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.

Life in Boston

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 Floating Hospital to help ease the transition from student to pediatric specialist.

Fellowship mentor

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.

Fellowship meetings

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.

Social life

At Floating, 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.

Learn more about what it’s like to live in Boston

Faculty

Dr. John Gaitanis, MD, Chief
Dr. Tomo Tarui, MD, Program Director
Dr. Anthony Rodrigues, MD, Associate Program Director
Dr. Neel Madan, MD
Dr. Patricia Lee, PhD
Dr. Ju Tang, MD, PhD

Requirements + Eligibility

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.

How to Apply

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.

Required documents

Please include the following with your NRMP application:

  • Completed application
  • Three to four letters of recommendation

Your letters of recommendation must include:

  • One letter from your residency program director (if you are a resident at time of application)
  • One letter from a pediatric faculty member

We strongly suggest including:

  • One letter from a neurology, neonatology or critical care specialist
  • Personal statement including a description of career goals and research interests, information about what you find attractive about completing a fellowship at the floating hospital would also be helpful.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Medical student performance evaluation/Dean's letter
  • Wallet-size color photograph
  • USMLE transcripts or COMLEX transcripts (transmitted by the NBME)
  • ECFMG status report (only for International Medical Graduates)

International/foreign, Canadian and osteopathic medical graduates

Please consult ERAS for application instructions.

Note:

  • We only sponsor J-1 visas
  • We do not have USMLE score requirements, nor do we have a cut off for number of years since graduating medical school. We consider each application as a whole.
  • Invitations to interview will be sent after October 1. 

Scheduling an interview

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.

Interview day

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 Floating Hospital for Children. 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.

Salary + Benefits

To learn more about benefits at Tufts Medical Center, download our benefits package.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) stipend levels

PGY1 $52,682.46
PGY2 $54,801.70
PGY3 $57,459.38
PGY4 $60,980.59
PGY5 $64,920.59
PGY6 $68,740.46
PGY7 $70,860.33

Links + Resources

Contact Information

To learn more, contact our fellowship coordinator:

Lori Meady
617-636-8182
lmeady@tuftsmedicalcenter.org