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MUSC Neurology

Pediatric Neurology Residency Program

Curriculum

PGY3 Pediatric Neurology Residency

Eleven months of the PGY3 year are spent in adult neurology at Medical University Hospital. The resident rotation schedule is similar, though not identical, to the PGY2 adult neurology resident schedule for that year. Rotations include the adult neurology inpatient, stroke, general consult, epilepsy, and neuromuscular disease services; neuroscience intensive care unit; adult outpatient sub-specialty clinics; and night float.  One month of the PGY3 year is spent working on the adult neurology inpatient service at Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Please see the adult neurology residency page for more information:

http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/neurosciences/education/neurology_residency/index.html.


PGY4 Pediatric Neurology Residency

The PGY4 year emphasizes clinical training in Pediatric Neurology. Four months are spent on the Inpatient Pediatric Neurology service, performing consultations and caring for patients in the emergency room and throughout Children’s Hospital.  Another four months are spent in the Pediatric Neurology outpatient clinics with each of the attending pediatric neurologists. The outpatient rotations include experience in general Pediatric Neurology clinics, as well as subspecialty clinics for children with epilepsy, headache, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, brachial plexus injuries, brain tumors, spasticity, and autism.  Residents also gain experience with a number of outpatient procedures, including performing intrathecal baclofen trials, refilling and programming baclofen pumps, administering botulinum toxin, and programming vagal nerve stimulators.  The remainder of the year is spent on the Pediatric Epilepsy service (1 month); Neurophysiology (2 months); and Neuroradiology (1 month).  On the Pediatric Epilepsy service, the resident will participate in the care of pediatric patients who are admitted to the Epilepsy Monitoring Service for long-term video EEG monitoring and will attend outpatient Pediatric Epilepsy clinics.  The Neurophysiology rotation can be devoted to EEG, nerve conduction studies/EMG, or some combination of the two.   


PGY5 Pediatric Neurology Residency

During the PGY5 year, the resident spends two months on the Inpatient Pediatric Neurology service and two months in the Pediatric Neurology outpatient clinics.  The resident is also required to complete month-long rotations in neuropathology, child and adolescent psychiatry, and developmental pediatrics. The remaining five months are elective time. Potential electives include EEG, EMG, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, genetics, neuroimmunology, movement disorders, and sleep medicine.   Other electives are possible, subject to the Program Director’s approval.  The resident may also decide to dedicate a portion of this time to research or other career development activities. 


Continuity Clinic

The pediatric neurology resident continuity clinic is held one half-day per week and is continuous throughout the three years of training.  Three residents are assigned to each clinic (one from each training year).  All of the patients are children, and residents have continuity with both new and follow-up patients.  Residents typically see 4-6 patients per clinic session and handle all outpatient calls on their own patients during office hours with the assistance of the nursing staff.  The clinic is staffed by the pediatric neurology attendings on a rotating basis.


Sample Schedules By Year of Training

BLOCK ROTATIONS- Program Year 1

JulyAug.Sept.Oct.Nov.Dec.Jan.Feb.MarchAprilMayJune
MUH
Neuro
Ward
Adult Epilepsy

MUH
Stroke

Adult Neuro ElectiveMUH
Consult/ Night Float
MUH
Neuro
Ward
NMuscMUH
Consult/ Night Float
VA
Ward
Neuro ICUAdult Neuro
Elective/ Night Float
MUH
Neuro Ward

BLOCK ROTATIONS- Program Year 2

JulyAug.Sept.Oct.Nov.Dec.Jan.Feb.MarchAprilMayJune
Peds Inpt.Peds Outpt.

EEG

EMGPeds Inpt.NRadsPeds Outpt.Peds Inpt.Peds Outpt.Peds Epilepsy
Peds Inpt.Peds Outpt.

BLOCK ROTATIONS- Program Year 3

JulyAug.Sept.Oct.Nov.Dec.Jan.Feb.MarchAprilMayJune
ElectiveElective

Peds Inpt.

Peds Outpt.Child PsychPeds Inpt.ElectiveNpathElectivePeds Outpt.Devel PedsElective
 
 
 

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