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Fellowship in Child Neurology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

The Child Neurology Program at Cohen Children's Medical Center is a three-year fellowship program accredited by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology leading to certification in neurology with special competence in child neurology. Cohen Children’s is the main pediatric teaching hospital for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Eligibility is limited to physicians that have completed two years of pediatrics residency training in a United States, Canada or other accredited training program recognized by the Academy of Pediatrics. A year of general medicine and a year of pediatrics in an accredited United States or Canadian program are also acceptable. Applications are submitted through ERAS and trainees are selected through the National Residency Program Match (NRMP).

One year of training is spent on the adult neurology service of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center under the Direction of Ron Kanner, Chairman of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center. One year of clinical pediatric neurology is spent at Cohen Children's Medical Center. The fellow is responsible for the assessment and follow-up care of children with a variety of neurological conditions this time is spent in inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the fellow is required to provide teaching to pediatric residents and students rotating on the neurology service and to conduct weekly journal clubs and seminars. Participation in clinical research projects in child neurology are also required during the second year and should be pursued during the third year of training.

Year three of training is primarily devoted to neurology subspecialty training: child development, child psychiatry, neuropathology, neuroradiology, electrophysiology (EEG, EMG, etc.) and rehabilitation medicine.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center

Cohen Children’s is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to meet the special needs of children, from premature babies to adolescents.

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Application process

Applicants interested in the child neurology training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You must be registered at the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Specialties Matching Service to be considered.

Essential application information includes:

  • Universal application
  • Personal statement
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from your residency program director. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation for medical school dean
  • Medical school transcript

Only completed applications with all supporting documentation will be reviewed. 

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Our faculty

Joseph Maytal, MD

Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Pediatric Neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Pediatric Neurology, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, Pediatrics, Clinical Neurophysiology

Zipora Fefer, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Shefali Nakul Karkare, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology, EEG/Epilepsy, Pediatrics

Rose Marrie Yu Sy-Kho, MD

Specialties: Pediatrics, Neurology, Pediatric Neurology