Notes from Leadership

Pediatric Neurology Division Director

Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD

The Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital has a long and distinguished track record for producing excellent pediatric neurologists—it is an outstanding place to train. The neuroscience community at Washington University is truly world class, and clinical and research opportunities are abundant. Dr. Phil Dodge created our program in 1967 when he arrived to take the helm of the Department Pediatrics. Since its inception, we have considered it our mission to prepare our graduates for any career pathway in pediatric neurology, including research, leadership, and community practice.

We enjoy an excellent relationship with our colleagues in the Department of Pediatrics allowing our residents to function as Fellows supervising pediatric residents on our Neuromedicine services. Indeed, our residents are often awarded the “Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award” by the Pediatric house staff. Our large faculty have diverse clinical and research interests, and are superb role models for how to build a career without sacrificing an enjoyable and satisfying work-life balance.

Pediatric Neurology Residency Program Director

Soe Mar, MD

It is absolutely thrilling to be part of a team which has consistently ranked in the top segment of the elite neurology/neurosurgery programs in the nation. Currently, US News and World Report has ranked Neurology/Neurosurgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital #5 in the nation. Our catchment area comprises a 300 mile radius and our specialists provide second opinions nationally and internationally. We participate in global health initiatives and our scientists are regularly in the news for breakthrough discoveries. We strive to make our residents feel welcomed and valued during their training. Our program and people allow you to flourish as a clinician and scientist with ample support and guidance.

We love what we do and we also love the St. Louis community. St. Louis is dotted with ethnic neighborhoods, entertainment districts, stadiums, cultural institutions, and fabulous restaurants. It is an interesting and affordable place to live, culturally diverse, and family-friendly. Don’t miss the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Art Museum, and Zoo. We also have kayaking and canoeing on spring fed rivers in the Ozarks just a short drive away. We offer residents a friendly, non-competitive, collegial, and supportive atmosphere here in our world class department. We hope you’ll consider training in St. Louis. It’s an exceptional place to live and work!

Pediatric Neurology Associate Residency Program Director

Rejean Guerriero, DO

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Pediatric Neurology Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis! I recently moved from the northeast after completing my training in Boston and I am continually impressed with the high quality of neurology trainees and the faculty here.

Washington University Pediatric Neurology has a long history of training exceptional child neurologists. The program always strives to improve its curriculum, training and work-life balance to maintain the highest quality of neurology trainees. I believe the best way to learn clinical pediatric neurology is done through seeing patients supplemented with bedside and didactic teaching and individualized feedback and career development. Whether your interests are in clinical neurology or becoming a physician-scientist, there are opportunities here for you. The program leadership and faculty across the division take pride in resident education and consider residents as an integral member of the clinical team and our academic family.

Finally, being new to the St. Louis area and Midwest, my family and I have been thrilled with our high quality of life and work-life balance. There are opportunities for all of us to enjoy the restaurants, sports, outdoor activities and warm sense of community that exists here.

Pediatric Neurology Chief Residents

Alyssa Smith, MD

Amanda Rogers, MD

We are very honored to be the first ever Co-chief Residents of our pediatric neurology program. Our program's commitment to education, along with balancing service and clinic time makes our job challenging but rewarding. One of our goals as chiefs includes expanding our core lecture curriculum to take advantage of the breadth and depth of knowledge of our extensive number of faculty members, which has continued to grow over the last year. Due to their enthusiasm and commitment to our education, we have nearly daily educational conferences focused on topics in Pediatric Neurology. The quality of our lectures is such that our colleagues in the Adult Neurology Residency program have begun to take advantage of them as well. In addition, we have continued to pursue improvement in resident wellness. We have created new avenues to show resident appreciation and recognize residents for their accomplishments, including creating a newsletter promoting resident publications and presentations, and an anonymous box for faculty and staff to drop in positive comments about residents for "coffee card" drawings.

The Division of Pediatric Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine is a fantastic place to work and launch your career in Pediatric Neurology. We have found the environment extremely collaborative with multiple faculty members becoming both formal and informal mentors. An example of the Divison’s commitment to the residents is the implementation in the last year of resident retreats, which are individualized to each year of neurology training. The retreats focus on individual class wellness and bonding as well as building a career development plan. They also provide opportunities to hear from experienced clinicians (both Academic and Private Practice) and clinician scientists. Whatever career path you decide to take, we have found the program to be extremely supportive in getting you where you want to go.

We hope to be able to welcome you to our program this coming interview season!

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