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Child Neurology Residency Program

Applicant Information

The UCI Child Neurology Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Applications are accepted through ERAS.

We will be interviewing for two positions in the Categorical track which is a five year training program beginning July 1, 2018.  The Categorical track includes two years in the UCI CHOC Pediatric Residency Program followed by three years of Child Neurology Residency.  Categorical applicants must submit applications to the Child Neurology Residency Program only.  Applicants invited to interview will interview with both the Pediatric Residency Program and the Child Neurology Program on two separate days.

Residency applicants will provide:

  • Dean’s Letter (MSPE) from your medical school.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  We prefer one letter from neurology faculty who worked closely with you and two letters from faculty of your choosing.
  • Scores from Step I of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE). We must have your Step I score to consider your application.  We do not have a formal screening cutoff for USMLE scores. Note that successful completion of Step II Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills is required to begin any of our residency training programs. We also prefer those who passed their USMLE examinations on the first attempt.

Application Deadlines

The deadline to submit ERAS applications for the Child Neurology Residency Program is December 1, 2017, however, it is recommended to apply by mid-October. Once your application is complete it will be forwarded to the Selection Committee for review.

Applicants selected will be contacted to arrange for an interview.

For questions please email UCI-CHOCPedsNeuroFellowship@CHOC.ORG.

Program Administration:

Mary L. Zupanc, MD
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Division Chief, Pediatric Neurology, University of California, Irvine/CHOC Children’s
Director, Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, CHOC Children’s
Program Director, Pediatric Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program, University of California, Irvine
Program Director, Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program, University of California, Irvine

Andrew I. Mower, MD
Assistant Program Director
UCI Child Neurology Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of California, Irvine

Deborah Liebold
UCI Child Neurology Residency Coordinator
CHOC Academic Affairs Coordinator

For information on UCI benefits and the categorical pediatric residency program please visit the Pediatric Residency Program website.


Year 3:
Monday morning report (8-9a)
Tuesday evening journal club (6-7p)
Wednesday lecture series (730-9a Neuroradiology, 9-10a Neurophysiology)
Thursday morning lecture (8-9a)
Friday Grand Rounds (8-9a)

Year 4 & 5:
Monday morning sign out rounds (8-9a)
Tuesday afternoon Professor Rounds (2-3p)
Wednesday core lecture series (1-2p)
** when on elective can attend Adult Neurology Lecture series from 730a-10a
Thursday case conference (12-1p)
Friday Grand Rounds (8-9a)

Prior Graduates

Megan Waldrop, MD graduated 2016
Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Monika Garg, MD graduated 2015
Private Practice, Los Angeles, California

Suman Ghosh, MD graduated 2014
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology at University of Florida College of Medicine

Maija-Riikka Steenari, MD graduated 2013
UCI/CHOC Epilepsy Fellowship 2013-2014
CHOC Faculty 2014 –

Rohini Coorg, MD graduated 2012
Washington University Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology Baylor College of Medicine

Anjalee W. Galion, MD graduated 2012
Cedars Sinai – UCLA Sleep Medicine Fellowship 2012-2013
Assistant Program Director Child Neurology Training Program
Assistant Clinical Professor at UCI/CHOC

Guojun Zhang, MD graduated 2012
Neurophysiology fellowship at UCI 2012-2013
Private Child Neurologist in San Antonio, Texas

Sharon Kim, MD graduated 2010
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at UCI 2010-2011
Assistant Clinical Professor at UCI/CHOC

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