Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program: Overview
For more than 40 years, Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have conducted a resident training program in neurodevelopmental disabilities. This training program has produced more than 100 graduates who, following their residency, have assumed leadership positions in training, research, administration and clinical care. Graduates of the program are currently in 20 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and six countries.
The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program was developed by the joint efforts of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to provide a truly interdisciplinary and comprehensive program for training in neurodevelopmental disabilities.
In 1999, the American Board of Medical Specialties recognized the new subspecialty of neurodevelopmental disabilities and the first subspecialty examinations were conducted in 2001. Neurodevelopmental disabilities is unique as it provides specialized training for individuals interested in academic or clinical careers in the evaluation and management of children with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders. Additionally, it provides opportunities for the development of a research interest that furthers expertise of these disorders and their treatment.
In 2002, the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine program became the first ACGME accredited program in neurodevelopmental disabilities. The program seeks to combine the best aspects of pediatrics, pediatric neurology, and neuroscience in an effort to create the next generation of leaders in the field. The program requires two previous core years of pediatric training and provides four additional years of training—12 months of adult neurology, 18 months of child neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and 18 months of clinical neuroscience and research. At the end of the training, graduates of the program are eligible to become triple board certified in pediatrics, neurology with special competence in child neurology, and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
For fourth year medical school students, the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program, via Johns Hopkins Medicine, offers a four week elective course. This course allows medical students from nearly any medical school to participate and learn about neurodevelopmental disabilities over the course of an intensive month long course. For additional information on this opportunity, visit the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine website.