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Training Programs in Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
Training options vary greatly by specialty/profession and country. Opportunities for pediatric neurologists to obtain informal or formal training in stroke are described below. We welcome IPSO members from other specialties (for example hematology or physical medicine and rehabilitation) to provide information on pediatric stroke/cerebrovascular training opportunities for your profession. Please contact us at .
Pediatric Stroke (or Vascular) Neurology
A standard approach to pediatric stroke training for pediatric neurologists does not exist. In the early 2000’s, most pediatric stroke experts self-trained simply by starting clinical pediatric stroke programs, studying and working with physicians around the work caring for children with stroke. Today, a number of informal and formal pediatric stroke fellowship opportunities are available. In the U.S., the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the physician-led organization that sets standards for medical training programs. Child neurologists interested in stroke have two options: (1) completing a formal, ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology fellowship, offered to adult and child neurologists; or (2) completing an informal pediatric stroke fellowship that is not ACGME-accredited but may offer more dedicated time focused on the care of children with stroke and cerebrovascular disease. Training to be a pediatric stroke specialist often includes combining clinical training with a large research component.