Neurology Residency Program
Didactics and Conferences
Neurology Resident Core Curriculum
The neurology resident curriculum consists of 2 hours per week of required conferences which take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at noon. The curriculum has been designed to cover clinical and basic science topics emphasized by the board examination as outlined by the American Academy of Neurology. Lectures are given by faculty members from various departments within the University on an 18 month cycle. Many of these lectures are recorded, and are available on line for individual study.
Current texts we are reading through include Medical Neuroscience by Benarroch and recent AAN Continuum for Neurophysiology. Residents read through Neurology in Clinical Practice, by Bradley, Diagnostic Neuroradiology by Osborn and several neuropathology texts. Our residents have found this to be very beneficial in learning neurology as well as preparing for the RITE exam and neurology board exams.
Morning report is conducted Wednesday mornings at 7:20 am. This consists of a resident-led discussion of an interesting case, staffed by one of the on-service attendings. The attending physician responsibilities rotate between the epilepsy service, the stroke service, the general neurology service, and the pediatric neurology service, in order to ensure a diverse case mix and lively discussion.
Clinical Neurophysiology Conference
This conference is scheduled for Thursday mornings 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Dr Paul Pritchard is the attending coordinator for this conference. Early in the academic year introductory topics in EEG, EMG and Evoked Potentials are presented. The conference then turns to a case based format with presentation of actual studies and a literature review. Monthly Movement Disorders Phenomenology is included in this conference.
Neuroscience Grand Rounds
This conference is scheduled for Thursdays 11:00 to 12:00. Speakers include attending faculty as well as guest speakers. Divisions participating in this endeavor include Adult Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, Neurosurgery and Basic Neurosciences.
Scheduled for Fridays 1:00-2:00. This is currently our only Friday didactic session. The resident assigned to the VA wards typically presents a live patient or video of a recent patient followed by literature discussion.
Resident participation in research is strongly encouraged. Residents in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of training are required to choose a research project and present it in poster format at Neuroscience Research Day, which occurs each year in May. Projects may be as simple as a case report, but residents have chosen to participate in basic science research, retrospective chart reviews, and in some cases prospective clinical trials. Those who anticipate pursuing a career in academic medicine have the option of devoting a six-month elective period pursue a more complex project. Research opportunities are available in multiple areas including neuropharmacology, neurobiology, neurochemistry, and neuroimaging. Emphasis is upon clinical research and novel features of patient disorders, with opportunities to participate in clinical therapeutic trials. Recent resident projects have included:
- Detection and treatment protocols of nonepileptic seizures.
- Functional neuroimaging in Epilepsy
- Prediction of outcome following epilepsy surgery
- Study of cardiac physiology during Complex-partial, GTC and Nonepileptic seizure activity
- MRI based assessment of atherosclerotic plaque composition in cerebrovascular disease
- Predictors of outcome following intracranial hemorrhage
- Clinical utility of APOE4 genotyping in dementia patients
- Predictors of clinical response to disease-modifying therapies in multiple sclerosis