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Department of Neurology

Curriculum

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Rotations

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In the PGY1 year, residents must develop competency in managing general medical conditions critical to caring for patients with neurological problems. The year consists of eight blocks of medicine, one block of psychiatry, and three blocks of neurology.

The PGY2 year is designed to teach the fundamentals of caring for patients with acute diseases of the nervous system. While the focus is on hospitalized patients, outpatient exposure is abundant with a weekly resident continuity clinic as well as 2-3 blocks of outpatient clinic.

PGY3 and PGY4 year focus on gaining broad exposure to subspecialty outpatient neurology and hone skills in consultation neurology as well as inpatient management. PGY3s serve as consult chiefs and PGY4s serve as inpatient chiefs rotating through the different hospital services. While on the wards, upper-level residents round with the junior residents, provide clinical support, and teach the junior residents and students.

Please see the rotations page for more details.

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Didactics

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The neurology lecture series consists of mandatory daily noon conferences at a central location, allowing the opportunity to sit down, eat, and learn cutting edge neurology. Neurology Department Grand Rounds takes place every Monday. Pediatric Neurology Grand Rounds occurs every Wednesday. There are weekly Tuesday and Thursday neurology noon lectures on rotating topics in neurology such that all areas of neurology are covered over the year period. Friday is a two-hour block of more interactive lectures including neuroradiology, neuropathology, Case of the Week, journal clubs, and M&M. There are additional didactics associated with particular rotations that the residents also attending.

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Electives

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A wide range of electives are available during the PGY3 and PGY4 years. Residents have a number of required one-month selectives that they complete over the last three years of residency training (EEG/EMU, EMG, Neuromuscular Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, and Movement Disorders).

Available electives include:

  • Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry
  • Dementia
  • EEG/Epilepsy Monitoring Unit*
  • EMG*
  • Epilepsy
  • Movement Disorders*
  • Multiple Sclerosis*
  • Neuro-Infectious Diseases / Neuro-HIV
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Neuro-Otology
  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology - Diagnostic
  • Neuroradiology - Interventional
  • Neurosurgery / Trauma Neuro ICU
  • Pain
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Research: Clinical or Basic Science
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Trans Cranial Dopplers

*Required one-month selective