Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program: Overview

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have had a training program in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities for over 40 years. This training program has over 100 graduates who have assumed leadership positions in training, research, administration and clinical care. Graduates of the program are in 20 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 6 countries. 

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program was developed by the joint efforts of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to provide a truly interdisciplinary and comprehensive program for training in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

In 1999, the American Board of Medical Specialties recognized the new subspecialty of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. The first subspecialty examinations were given in 2001. This subspecialty provides specialized training for those interested in academic or clinical careers in the evaluation and management of children with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders. It also provides opportunities for the development of a research interest that furthers knowledge of these disorders and their treatment.

In 2002 the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine program became the first ACGME accredited program in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. The program seeks to hybridize the best aspects of pediatrics, pediatric neurology and neuroscience in an effort to create the next generation of leaders in the field. The program requires two core years of pediatric training and then provides four additional years of training—12 months of adult neurology, 18 months of child neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and 18 months of clinical neuroscience and research. At the end of the training, graduates of the program will be eligible to become board certified in pediatrics, neurology with special competence in child neurology, and neurodevelopmental disabilities.