Research is an important part of the training of Child Neurology residents at Children’s Mercy. Training in research starts with the research mentor that each resident is encouraged to engage at the beginning of their child neurology training. The residents are also invited to complete a course on biostatistics and each resident is expected to complete a 1 year course in Quality Improvement and Clinical Safety. View our latest faculty research (pdf).
As part of the QI course, each resident will initiate a QI project which can be presented at CMH Research Day. Each resident is also given the opportunity to present at the yearly Missouri Valley Child Neurology Colloquium. This is a joint meeting with The University of Washington and Saint Louis University Child Neurology programs.
Finally, each resident is expected to graduate with at least one first author publication. Over the last 4 years, our residents have given over 100 talks (with approximately 20% of these original research or case presentations) and have published 13 papers in peer reviewed journals (including original research and review papers).
Basic Neuroscience Track
Special consideration can be given to a candidate who is interested in pursuing a research-based career in child neurology through the basic science track. The residency is structured slightly differently from the categorical track. The resident will have one year of general pediatrics followed by one year of adult neurology and two years of child neurology. The last year will be dedicated to research. The resident will have access to collaborations both at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. If a candidate is interested in this track they must indicate this at the time of interview.