The third year of neurology training is a time to gain broad exposure to sub-specialty outpatient neurology and hone skills in consultation neurology. Residents serve as consultation chiefs at Ben Taub General Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. They also serve as chiefs in the St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital NICU, where they are primary responder to acute stroke calls during the work day and gain extensive experience in administering thrombolytic therapy. Outpatient experiences include Primary Brain and Spine Tumor Clinic at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Movement Disorders at the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic at Baylor Clinic, Child Neurology Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital, and outpatient clinics at Ben Taub and MEDVAMC. Residents are also introduced to the basics of neurophysiology with a one month EMG rotation and one month EEG/EMU rotation. Residents have an additional three months of electives to pursue additional subspecialty, neurodiagnostic or research rotations.
PGY3 residents also take on leadership and teaching roles in their capacity as consultation service and ICU chiefs. Along with their PGY4 colleagues, third year residents also serve as back-up for the PGY2 residents on call at Ben Taub and MEDVAMC. This responsibility sharpens decision-making, teaching, and leadership skills.
The PGY3 year is also important time for career planning, as most fellowship plans are finalized late in the PGY3 year or early in the PGY4 year. Residents are provided with strong support and career guidance in pursuit of fellowships, academic positions, and practice opportunities. The vast majority of Baylor Neurology residents pursue fellowship training.