Teaching Activities

The Division runs an ACGME-accredited training program in pediatric neurology in conjunction with the adult neurology training program at UCSD Medical Center and UCSD School of Medicine. Trainees rotate at UCSD Medical Center and the San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center for adult neurology training, and at RCHSD for pediatric neurology training.

An ACGME-approved neurophysiology fellowship is also available in conjunction with the adult neurophysiology training program at UCSD Medical Center.

Graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows are also an active part of the divisional teaching activities. Faculty members participate in several graduate programs, including the UCSD Neurosciences Program, the UCSD-SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, the UCSD-SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Speech-Language Pathology, and the UCSD Graduate Program in Cognitive Science.

The division faculty also provides both formal lectures and bedside/clinic teaching to residents in Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Family Practice and to medical students both in the preclinical and clinical years. An elective rotation that includes both inpatient and outpatient training is open to fourth year medical students. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellows spend one month on the child neurology outpatient service during the course of their training.

The faculty in pediatric neurology provides daily teaching rounds on the inpatient service at RCHSD, as well as weekly teaching rounds in the three major Neonatal Intensive Care Units for which they provide neurological coverage.

Didactic sessions in child neurology include weekly lecture series for child neurology trainees, monthly journal club, monthly noon lecture series for pediatrics house staff and students, monthly case conferences, monthly neuro-radiology rounds, monthly neuropathology conference, monthly quality improvement activities, and yearly lecture series to adult neurology residents and child psychiatry fellows.

One of the most recent additions is the establishment of a formal curriculum for Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Rotation for residents and fellows.

Neurology Skills Workshop for Pediatrics Housestaff: This is a newly developed addition to the training of pediatric housestaff. As part of an educational study, pediatric housestaff perform a neurological examination on selected neuro-oncology patients with interesting findings. Following a 15 minute exam, the residents document their findings on a blank progress note. The patient is then examined by a Neurology Attending with the resident and feedback is given. The residents' neurological examinations are then analyzed to determine relative strengths and weaknesses in the neurological examination during pediatrics residency. The goal is to track the progress of residents during their entire training period. It is the hope that the project can serve as a model for other pediatric residency programs.

Leadership of Educational Programs

  • John Crawford MD, Director, Child Neurology Training Program
  • Michael Zimbric MD, Director, Fourth Year Medical Student Elective
  • John Crawford MD, Coordinator, Third Year Medical Student Rotations in Pediatric Neurology
  • David Lieberman MD, PhD, Faculty Coordinator, monthly case conferences
  • Richard Haas MD, Faculty Coordinator, Pediatric Neurology Journal Club
  • Mark Nespeca MD, Coordinator, monthly Pediatric Neurology lectures for Pediatric housestaff
  • Jonathan Bui MD, Coordinator, Course on Neuroimaging for Housestaff