Pediatric Neurology Residency :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Child Neurology Residency

The combined, categorical, ACGME-accredited Child Neurology Residency trains outstanding clinicians who are prepared to address the needs of children with neurological illness.

Margie A. Ream, MD, PhD
Program Director
(614) 722-4625

Child Neurology Residency Overview

Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University offer a combined, categorical, ACGME accredited Child Neurology residency. The overarching goal of the program is to train outstanding clinicians who are prepared to address the needs of children with neurological illness.

At completion of the training program, graduates will have the knowledge and clinical experience necessary to practice Child Neurology independently, either at an academic institution or in private practice. In addition, they will be prepared to successfully achieve certification both from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Pediatrics.

In 2015, our program expanded from two to three residents per year. In 2012, we were granted 10-year accreditation by the ACGME, the longest accreditation cycle possible.

What you need to know

Curriculum & Schedule Overview

The first two years of training (general pediatrics) are completed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The required 13 four-week blocks of adult neurology education, at OSU’s main campus, are spread throughout the 3 years of Child Neurology training: 6 blocks during the 3rd year of residency, 3 blocks in the 4th year and 4 blocks in the 5th year.

During the three years of Child Neurology training, residents progressively refine their clinical skills in multiple settings. These experiences are enriched by elective rotations. Our faculty members are passionate about the advancement of science and education. As such, we offer ample opportunities for our trainees to participate in clinical and basic sciences research.

Didactic lectures and conferences are scheduled on a regular basis. The Faculty of the Department of Neurology at The Ohio State University offers daily morning lectures. At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we offer the following educational activities:

  • Bi-weekly neuroradiology conference
  • Bi-weekly epilepsy conference
  • Weekly Child Neurology Chief Rounds with Dr. Steve Roach
  • Bi-weekly Child Neurology core curriculum conferences with Dr. Pedro Weisleder
  • Monthly Graduate Medical Education core curriculum lectures
  • Monthly research-related lectures.

In addition, our residency program offers an in-depth, comprehensive, and longitudinal quality improvement (QI) course taught by Dr. Anup Patel. Each resident learns QI methodology and applies it to a self-chosen QI project that is completed prior to graduation.

About Neurology

Nationwide Children's Hospital ranked 9th in the specialty ranking of Neurology & Neurosurgery in this year's U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals Rankings report.

The combined neurology-neurosurgery inpatient unit has 30 beds. During the past year, members of the Division of Child Neurology at Nationwide Children's Hospital evaluated 15,516 patients in our clinics. In addition, we completed 1,131 discharges.

Current Residents, Fellows & Faculty

Nationwide Children's Hospital takes pride in the wonderful collegial relationships among its program directors, residents and graduates.

Neurology Residents

From left to right, top row: Pedro Weisleder, MD, PhD, Julie Campbell, Sunjay Nunley, MD (Chief Resident), Marina Khrizman, DO (PGY-3), Stephanie Bogart (Associate Program Coordinator)

From left to right, second row: Margie Ream, MD, PhD (Program Director), Lauren James, MD (PGY-4), Kelsey Merison, MD (PGY-3)

From left to right, front row: Allie Kornbluh, MD (PGY-1), Melissa Squires, MD (PGY-1), Natalie Gillson, MD (PGY-5), Shalome Dsouza, MD (PGY-5)

Not pictured:Stephanie Ahrens, MD (PGY-2), Daniel Freedman, MD (PGY-2).

Members of the Child Neurology residency program: Dr. Rose (graduating resident), Ms. Julie Campbell (program coordinator), Dr. Anup Patel (retiring Associate Program Director), Dr. Amanda Weber (graduating resident), Dr. Pedro Weisleder (Program Director), Dr. Natalie Gillson and Dr. Sunjay Nunley (who have started the last year of their Child Neurology training.) 

Application & Interview Process

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants to this program are to be graduates of an approved United States or Canadian Medical School. Foreign medical graduates who possess the appropriate visa, hold ECFMG certification, and have completed one year of training in an accredited program in the United States or Canada, are also encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the application and interview process.

Residency Events & Activities

Dinner with Dr. and Mrs. Roach.

"The Art of the Brain"

Drs. James and Weisleder visited Representative Joyce Beatty to advocate on behalf of patients with neurological disease.



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