We feel strongly that the best way to learn pediatric neurology is to do it. Pediatric neurology residents have the opportunity to develop their skill managing an extensive variety of patients in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.
Starting in the PGY3 year (i.e. the initial neurology year spent primarily on the adult neurology service) the weekly resident continuity clinic is a critical element of the pediatric neurology training program. Residents see patients specifically assigned to them and follow them longitudinally through their three years of training. The residents also handle outpatient management issues for their patients over the phone between visits. The goal is for them to essentially have their own “practice” during those 3 years of training.
During the PGY4 year residents spend 4 months of the year working in the outpatient pediatric neurology clinics. Residents see patients in sub-specialty clinics such as epilepsy, movement disorders, cerebral palsy, neuromuscle, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis and headache. During the PGY5 year residents can spend dedicated elective time in any of the subspecialty clinics or other clinics such as neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-otology, neuro-oncology, genetics, sleep medicine, and others.
On inpatient rotations residents supervise the care of patients on the neurology ward service and consult on patients with neurological problems on other floors of the hospital and in the emergency department. St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides tertiary and quaternary care for the city of St. Louis, the surrounding region, the Midwest, the US, and international patients. Thus, the variety of patients our residents see is outstanding. We also have strong relationships with the intensive care units in the hospital which include the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Our frequent consults there give our residents the chance to further develop their skills in critical care neurology. Our division policy is that generally any patient admitted to the hospital who does not have a neurologist will follow-up with the resident that cares for them if out-patient follow-up is needed.
Although in-house call is taken during the PGY3 adult neurology year, all call during the PGY4 year is at home. At night during the PGY4 year the on-call resident takes the first call responsibility for out-patient issues for all faculty and resident patients, phone consultation for outside emergency departments generally in the Missouri/Illinois area, and calls from the St. Louis Children’s emergency department and in-patient services. At night there is always attending backup for any issue that the resident needs assistance in managing. Our attendings encourage residents to call with any questions.
Electrophysiological tests are a common tool in pediatric neurology. Residents spend two mornings a month in the EMG suite during the outpatient clinic portion of their PGY4 year. During in-patient rotations, residents get extensive experience with EEG and video EEG monitoring. Residents can spend additional time learning these modalities during the elective portion of their PGY5 year.
Faculty Clinical Interests:
|W. Edwin Dodson
||Epilepsy, General Child Neurology
||Neurorehabilitation, perinatal and pediatric stroke, traumatic brain injury, cognitive dysfunction
||Newborn neurology, neonatal hypoxia-ischemia, infant neurological disorders, congential disorders of early brain development
||Critical care neuorology, Epilepsy, Status epilepticus, Traumatic brain injury
||Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, Pediatric Neurocritical Care: Traumatic Brain INjury, Status Epilepticus, Delirium, Neurological Complications of Sickle Cell Disease
||General Neurology, Neuromuscular Disorders
||Neonatal Neurology, Neonatal Seizures, Post-Neonatal Epilepsy.
||General Neurology, Epilepsy, Genetic Disorders, Headache, Developmental Delay
||Headaches, Demyelinating Diseases including Multiple Sclerosis,Acute Dissemianted Encephalomyelitis, Neuromyelitis Optica, Leukodystophy, General Child Neurology, International Education in Child Neurology
||Autism, Intellectual Disability, and Neurogenetic Disorders
||Developmental and behavioral neurology, Neurofibromatosis type 1, Neuro-Oncology
||Pediatric Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Brachial Plexus Injury, Neurorahabilitation of Acquired Brain Injury
||Movement disorders, Cerebral Palsy
||Epilepsy, Early Epileptic Encephalopathies, Rett Syndrome
||Movement Disorders, Perinatal Stroke, Disorders of Language and Cognition
||Neonatal Neurology, Cerebral Palsy, Perinatal Stroke
|Liu Lin Thio
||Epilepsy, Ketogenic Diet, General Neurology
||Pediatric EEG, inflammatory epilepsy, neuroimmunology, autoimmune encephalitis
||Epilepsy, Genetics of Epilepsy, Neonatal seizures
||Epilepsy, Tuberous Sclerosis
||Pediatric Epilepsy, Pediatric EEG, Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, ICU neurology
||Inherited and acquired disorders of the peripheral neurves, muscles, and neuromuscular junctions; sonography of peripheral nerves and muscles; electromyography/nerve conduction studies