The Division of Child Neurology accepts one resident each year for a categorical residency training program.

Led by Dr. Ewa Way and Dr. Lawrence Morton, the Child Neurology Residency Program allows increasing patient-care responsibility across three years of training. During the first year, emphasis is on the foundations of clinical neurology, primarily bedside anatomic localization and clinical diagnosis. 

The modern clinical neuroscientist must be well-versed in the most up-to-date technical neurodiagnostic procedures, and all trainees will gain expertise through daily conferences and mandatory clinical rotations. 

Elective opportunity in pediatric neurological rehabilitation is also available. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded and university-funded programs provide lab-based and clinical research for senior-level residents. 

The residency offers organized clinical neuroscience teaching opportunities with the possibility for significant elective time. Residents complete their first two years of training in VCU’s Department of Pediatrics before joining the team in the Division of Child Neurology for the remainder of the five-year program. Upon completion, successful residents will be eligible for board exams in both pediatrics and neurology. 

Regular didactic engagements include basic neuroscience, clinical neurophysiology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, child neurology and resident care presentations. Grand rounds accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education occur once a week and include a variety of topics and speakers. 

Each of the 13-blocks is four weeks in duration

PGY-3: 

Child Neurology inpatient and clinic: 7.5 blocks  

Adult neurology (inpatient wards, night float, outpatient clinic): 7.5 blocks  

Electroencephalogram (EEG): 1.5 blocks

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PGY-4:

Child Neurology inpatient and clinic: 5 blocks 

Adult Neurology (consult, outpatient clinic, neuro-ophthalmology): 5 blocks 

Neuropathology: 1 block 

Electives: 2 blocks  

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PGY-5: 

Child Neurology inpatient and clinic: 4 blocks 

Child Psychiatry: 1 block 

Electives: 8 blocks

 

Residency positions begin July 1 of each year, with an application deadline of December 1 the prior year. This program is categorical and only requires applicants to apply to our child neurology program – a separate application to pediatrics is not required. 

The Division of Child Neurology participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) and accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

  • Additional application materials include: 
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with the applicant’s e-mail address and phone number 
  • Personal statement 
  • NRMP number 
  • Official medical school transcript 
  • Test scores 
    • USMLE (must pass – no minimum score) 
    • COMLEX (if applicable)
    • TOEFL (if applicable – minimum score 600)
    • CSA step 2CS (if applicable) 
    • TWE (if applicable) 
  • Notarized copy of visa (if applicable – VCU can only sponsor J-1 clinical visas) 
  • Letters of recommendation: A minimum of three U.S. or Canadian physicians who know the applicant’s clinical skills and have worked with the applicant during the past two years (must be originals; no electronic copies) 

Applicants to the child neurology residency must successfully complete the prerequisit training outlined by the American Board of Pediatrics. 

After acceptance and prior to joining the program, applicants must provide a list of rotations completed during prerequisite training. This document, on letterhead from the institution where training was completed, must arrive no later than July 15. 

Applicants who plan to complete this training at another institution must ensure it meets American Council for Graduate Medical Education and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology requirements.  

Lawrence Morton, M.D.

Lawrence Morton, M.D.

Division Chair; Program Director

Lawrence Morton, M.D.

Lawrence Morton, M.D.

Division Chair; Program Director

Department of Neurology

Divisions: Child Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Chair, Division of Child Neurology
Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
Professor

Phone: 804-828-0442

Fax: 804-828-6690

Email: lawrence.morton@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
P.O. Box 980211

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Ewa M. Way, M.D.

Ewa M. Way, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director

Ewa M. Way, M.D.

Ewa M. Way, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director

Department of Neurology

Division of Child Neurology
Associate Program Director for Child Neurology Residency Program

Christopher Henry, M.D. - PGY-3

Child Neurology Residents - Christopher Henry

Christopher Henry, M.D. - PGY-3

Christopher Henry is originally from Sierra Vista, Arizona. He went to undergrad at Virginia Tech for Landscape Architecture and attended medical school at Virginia Common Wealth University School of Medicine. Christopher made the choice to join the VCU Neurology Residency Program because of location, the people, the patient volume and the diversity. He says the best part of the Child Neurology Residency program is constantly being pushed to his limits, but having an amazing support group to help him through the process. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys spending time with family and friends, making pizza with his son, running, reading, math and gardening.

Darina Dinov, D.O. - PGY-2

Child Neurology Residents - Darina Dinov

Darina Dinov, D.O. - PGY-2

Darina Dinov is originally from San Diego, California. She went to undergrad at Rutgers University and attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences Osteopathic School. Darina decided to come to Richmond because she loves how everyone is so friendly, both inside and outside the hospital. She says her co-residents are simply the best and Christopher Henry's (third year Child Neurology resident) pizza nights are legendary! Darina’s interest in neuromuscular as a sub-specialty also drew her to VCU Neurology. In her spare time, Darina enjoys mountain biking, running, hiking, gardening, going to breweries, reading and hanging out with friends.

Mehreen Shahid, M.D. - PGY-1

Child Neurology Residents - Mehreen Shahid

Mehreen Shahid, M.D. - PGY-1

Mehreen Shahid grew up in Northern Virginia. She went to undergrad at the University of Virginia and attended medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. Mehreen is interested in pediatric strokes and plans on doing a fellowship in the subspecialty, after her residency. She says her favorite part of the residency program is being able to care for the underserved patient population. Mehreen also likes how close the Child Neurology Faculty members are to one another and their dedication to teaching. In her spare time, Mehreen enjoys trying out new coffee shops and restaurants, which she says the Richmond area has an incredible selection.




 

Richmond, Virginia is in the midst of a beautiful Renaissance - a hidden gem with plenty of historical, but also modern day interests, including world class museums, a vibrant food scene, concerts, theater, and family friendly festivals.  In additon, there are running and biking trails along the James River as well as an emerging craft beer scene.

Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU Health, has seen parallel growth with child neurology faculty and the expansion of the new state of the art Children's Pavilion while also in the midst of construction of a new children's inpatient tower. The strength of the child Neurology Division lies in its friendly atmosphere with approachable faculty, making it a welcoming and inclusive group.