SLCH Outpatient Child Neurology Rotation-CAP 1

Rotation Faculty: John Zempel MD  and Stephanie Morris, MD

Number of Residents per rotation: Two

Length of Rotation: 20.8 weeks or 2 blocks of 10.4 weeks either consecutive or not, Wednesday mornings and/or afternoons (one Resident each)

Location: Outpatient Clinics SLCH

Rotation Coordinator: Lori Nichols


The resident will work in one of two specialty pediatric neurology clinics and become familiar with pediatric neurological disorders and in particular with disorders of high relevance to CAP including either pediatric epilepsy or pediatric tic and movement disorders.

This rotation is supervised by Pediatric Neurology faculty with advanced expertise.


To develop competence in the following areas

Patient Care

  • Residents will accurately elicit histories focused on neurological disorders
  • Residents will perform focused neurological examinations
  • Residents will appropriately understand testing including laboratory, imaging and studies for specific neurologic disorders such as CSF evaluations, EEG, evoked potentials, EMG/NCV, sleep studies as indicated
  • Residents will demonstrate the ability to formulate a neurological differential diagnosis and to understand the rational for treatment plans outlined by Pediatric Neurology faculty

Medical Knowledge

  • Residents will gain basic knowledge of epidemiology, pathophysiological explanations, diagnostic criteria, natural course and treatment options for common neurological disorders of childhood
  • Residents will become particularly familiar with common treatment modalities in pediatric neurology

Practice Based Learning

  • The resident will demonstrate the ability to seek appropriate supervision
  • The resident will demonstrate the ability to incorporate lessons learned from supervision into new knowledge, skills and professional attitudes
  • The resident will develop the ability to use information technology to improve fund of knowledge and technical skills to provide better care to patients

Interpersonal/Communication Skills

  • The resident will communicate effectively with patients, their families, and other members of the treatment team.


  • The resident will demonstrate sensitivity to patients’ ethnicity, gender, age and disabilities
  • The resident will demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles such as confidentiality and informed consent.
  • The resident will demonstrate respect, compassion and integrity in carrying out patient care duties
  • The resident will demonstrate a commitment to pursuing professional development activities
  • Residents will complete documentation of patient encounters in a timely fashion

Systems-Based Practice

  • The resident will demonstrate effective coordination of care with a multidisciplinary treatment team

Measurement of Objectives

The objectives will be measured by attendance and by formal evaluation of the resident’s participation and knowledge.

Description of Rotation

Residents will be assigned to teams consisting of an attending neurologist, neurology resident physicians and medical students doing neurology clerkships. They will evaluate and treat patients requiring inpatient hospitalization on the neurology service. Residents may be assigned to the neurology consultation service if they choose a selective in neurology. Residents are expected to attend didactic conferences occurring in the Department of Neurology during their rotations.