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Pediatric Neurology

Director: David Dredge, MD

Location:   Baystate Medical Center, 300 Main Street Suite 4C, Springfield, MA


This elective is designed to provide the necessary skills to recognize, evaluate, and manage children with common neurological disorders and to enable the student to learn when a referral to a pediatric neurologist is advisable.  The student’s experience will include ambulatory, general inpatient and intensive care settings, both pediatric and neonatal.


The student will…

  • serve as the primary contact for consultations requested from the pediatric neurology service.
  • perform a neurologic evaluation including history and physical for all children admitted to the pediatric neurology service.
  • foster independent thinking and synthesis of information by reviewing findings with the consulting neurologist for diagnostic formulation, discussion, and recommendations.
  • perform in-depth literature searches on problems encountered on the rotation.
  • experience management of patients with multidisciplinary relationships with the departments of Nursing, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Service, Neurosurgery, and Rehabilitation including speech pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, physical and special education.
  • interact routinely with the departments of radiology, especially CT and MRI scanning, clinical neurophysiology including electroencephalography, evoked potentials, ambulatory EEG, video EEG and polysomnography and pediatric neurosurgery. 
  • participate in a written pre and post rotation examination, similar in format to the Board examinations, to assess fund of knowledge and progress.
  • participate in an in-person correction of examination and feedback session with the Elective Director.
  • attend daily inpatient rounds and consultations of inpatients, weekly Pediatric Grand Rounds, neuroradiology conferences, appropriate journal clubs and any other related conferences. 
  • participate in outpatient practice visits


Course Number






4 weeks



Hours per Week





Night Call/Weekends






1 student per Block



Alternate Dates



Yes, at the discretion of the Director








On-Campus Housing


Available on a first-come, first-served basis

 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pediatric Clerkship.


If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.


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