Child Neurology

Dr. Audrey Foster-Barber
Vice-Chair for Education &
Program Director
Child Neurology

Dr. Ernesto Gonzalez-Giraldo
Associate Program Director
Child Neurology

Welcome to UCSF Child Neurology Residency! The success of our program is directly attributable to the outstanding qualities of our residents, an environment conducive to learning, our strong relationships with our Pediatrics and Adult Neurology programs, and the contributions of our faculty as mentors. The excellence of our research and clinical faculty and the diversity of our training experiences allows us to provide outstanding clinical training and opportunities for residents to begin developing their independent careers in neurology. We attract and match outstanding residency applicants from diverse geographic regions and backgrounds and the residency continues to be a source of immense pride for the Department of Neurology.

The Adult and Child Neurology Residency Programs at UCSF are both within the Department of Neurology. The programs collaborate for trainee education and are supported by a central Education administrative staff. We currently have a total of 11-12 adult neurology and 3 child neurology training positions each year. The child neurology program offers a categorical program with UCSF Pediatrics Residency or a linked advanced program with the Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Pediatrics Residency for the R1 and R2 years.

Child Neurology Residents train at either SF or Oakland for Pediatrics, then experience core adult neurology training before completing their final 2 years in dedicated Child Neurology training. Robust pediatrics training means our residents are board-eligible in Pediatrics. Their adult neurology training is rigorous and high yield but is customized to provide focused learning and support. The Child Neurology training years afford an experience to gain core skills, focus on areas of particular interest, and participate in academic work.  The Flexible Residency program is available to all adult and child neurology trainees and allows for up to six months to pursue clinical or laboratory research training and experience, a global health project, a public health project, training as a master clinician, or a medical education project.