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Neurology Residency Program 2014

Neurology Residency Program


Rotation Schedule

Neurology residents typically spend approximately 11 months on an inpatient service, 3 months with consultation responsibilities, 3 months on pediatric neurology, and 2-3 months on EEG/epilepsy.  The intern year includes 2 months of neurology, generally spent on the general neurology service and on the stroke service.  Overnight coverage of the inpatient service is handled using a night float system.  The residency program includes a generous amount of elective time, totaling roughly 12 months over three years.  Residents have a great degree of discretion over the use of their elective time, allowing them to tailor the program to their individual needs.

MUSC Students

A sample schedule follows:

PGY2:   Residents generally spend 6 months on inpatient services, including the VA, the stroke service, and general neurology at the Main Hospital.  The remainder of the year includes roughly 6 weeks of night float, one month of neuroradiology, and 2 months of pediatric neurology.  EEG and a subspecialty clinic block round out the year.

PGY3:   During the 3rd year, residents spend approximately 5 months on inpatient neurology, 1 month on pediatric neurology, 1 month on epilepsy, and 6 weeks on nightfloat.  Residents can generally anticipate 3-4 months of elective time during this year of training.

PGY4:  Senior residents spend about 2 months on the consult service and roughly 6 weeks as night float.  Under the current system, the majority of the PGY4 year consists of elective time. 

Elective rotations include:

  • EEG and evoked potentials
  • EMG and nerve conduction velocity studies
  • Dementia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Headache
  • Neuroscience ICU
  • Psychiatry
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurooncology
  • Practice training with clinical faculty members (in development)
  • Behavioral neurology/sleep medicine
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuro-otology
  • Neurosurgery/Interventional Neuroradiology

Residents rotate through clinics for general neurology, memory disorders, headaches, seizures, pediatric neurology, neuromuscular disorders, specialized disorders and lumbar puncture.

On-Call Schedule

Overnight coverage is handled using a night float system.  The 2nd year residents have approximately 6 weeks of night float during their junior year, during which they are responsible for ER consults, new admissions, acute stroke calls, and cross-coverage on the inpatient service.  The 3rd and 4th year residents rotate as upper-level residents on night float.  Their responsibilities include providing supervision and back-up for the junior resident, covering of the neurology patients in the NSICU, and evaluating ICU consults.

Educational Activities

Numerous lectures and conferences are presented each week. Weekly conferences focus on clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy, basic neuroscience, neuroradiology, EEG/EMG, neurosurgery and neurology research. A grand round lecture and a Medical University Hospital neuro case conference (morning report) also are held once a week. Twice a month, conferences on neuropathology, neuro-ophthalmology and muscle biopsy are held. The neurology journal club is held monthly.

Daily Conference Schedule







Adult Neurology Morning ReportWards/VA
Continuity ClinicWards/VA
Pediatric neurology morning reportWards/Elective
Continuity ClinicWards/VA
10:00-11:00amRefractory Epilepsy conferenceContinuity ClinicWards/VA
Neurophysiology lecture/ CV conferenceWards/Elective
11:00-12:00pmRefractory Epilepsy conferenceContinuity ClinicWards/VA
Neuroscience grandroundsWards/Elective
12:00-1:00pmNeurology Lecture Epilepsy Journal ClubStroke Journal Club (Monthly)/Neurology LectureNeurology LectureNeurology LectureNeurology Lecture
1:00-3:00pmWards/ElectiveWards/ElectiveWards/VAWards/ElectiveContinuity Clinic
3:00-5:00pmWards/ElectiveWards/ElectiveWards/VANeuro-oncology tumor boardContinuity Clinic
6:30-9:00pm  Monthly Journal Club  

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