Pediatric Neurology 2017-08-24T14:13:19+00:00


Agnes Chen, M.D.
Agnes Chen, M.D.Program Director, Department of Pediatric Neurology

Department of Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric Neurology Residency Training at Harbor-UCLA offers a truly rewarding patient population from which to learn, a faculty which is committed to helping the child neurology resident become a well-rounded clinical child neurologist, and a collegial departmental and institutional atmosphere of mutual respect and learning all located in multicultural, multi-recreational, climate friendly Southern California. Although the curriculum satisfies the Residency Review Board Requirements and American Board of Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology requirements for Certification, it is flexible and can accommodate the special needs or preferences of individual residents. Residents will gain extensive experience in consultation on a wide range of pediatric and adult inpatient disorders referred from the emergency department and other institutions and will take part in weekly continuity clinics in both pediatric and adult neurology throughout the residency.

Program Overview

There is excellent clinical training with extremely diverse patient population and diagnoses with many research opportunities with faculty in diverse areas: neurogenetics, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuropathy, dementia.  Training in “subdisciplines” such as neurophysiology (EEG and EMG/NCV), neuropathology, neuropsychiatry, neurosurgery, and neurorehabilitation, is also part of the curriculum and a wide range of electives are available including research in one of many laboratories on the 65 acre campus surrounding the hospital.  Residents take on a leadership role on both the child neurology and the adult neurology services during their final year of training.  Graduates of the program have been offered both clinical practice and academic faculty positions, but subspecialty Neurophysiology fellowship training may also be elected.

  • There are clinics weekly in both Child and Adult Neurology
  • Multidisciplinary clinical teaching conferences weekly in Neuroradiology and Neuropathology
  • Resident selection of Neuroscience Conference speakers weekly covering basic neuroscience and clinical topics
  • Chief resident presentation of weekly didactic patient-centered topic and monthly journal club
  • Supervisory role as Chief resident in third year (which may include adult ward or consult service)
  • Resident participation in monthly quality assurance
  • Resident Library/ Computer/ Audio Visual Education Room
  • Residents attend 2-3 National meetings on scholarship or at department expense, may present research work


Eligibility and Application

2 years postgraduate training, of which 1 must be straight Pediatrics in an ACGME-accredited program.  All applications are coordinated through the San Francisco matching program—please visit their website for more information.

Curriculum-3 year Residency Program

  • 12 months Pediatric Neurology (hospital-based)
  • 12 months Adult Neurology (hospital-based)
  • 12 months selectives and elective time:
    Neurophysiology (EEG and EMG)
    Psychiatry/Behavioral Neurology
    Movement disorders
    Outpatient Subspecialties
  • Some rotations may be off site
  • Formal staged evaluations each year of patient skills in 5 clinical areas; RITE written exam each year

For more information please contact us.

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