In additional to providing the highest quality of care for our patients, our faculty are also devoted to training the next generation of clinicians, scientists and educators. All of our patients are part of the teaching experience for students, residents and fellows in training. In-patient rounds are conducted in a didactic fashion, by attendings who blend education with patient care. Our educational programs are specifically tailored to provide students, residents, and fellows the best opportunity for mastering their neurological and general medical skills at each level of training, while developing into able educators and innovative scientists. Trainees at all levels participate in multidisciplinary stroke clinics, closely collaborating with our colleagues in vascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology.
Medical students of Northwestern Universtiy Feinberg School of Medicine have opportunities to rotate in the stroke service (inpatient and/or outpatient) as well the Neuro-ICU as part of their core rotations or during sub-internship electives for more advanced students. During these rotations, their patient care duties are augmented by student-level didactics.
For Neurology residents of McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, there are dedicated rotations on the stroke service and in the Neuro-ICU across our three-year training program. In addition to resident-level didactics during these rotations, our faculty offer several resident-level teaching conferences focused on stroke and neurocritical topics every year. Our residents frequently participate in faculty research, and also develop their own research projects during their residency.
Our division supports five Neurocritical Care fellowship positions and three Stroke fellowship positions per year; all administered through McGaw. Our Stroke fellowship is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and our Neurocritical Care fellowship is certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). For the stroke-related programs, there is a traditional one-year Clinical Vascular fellowship which provides extensive training in the comprehensive management of patients with all forms of cerebrovascular disorders. In addition, there is also one NIH-funded Stroke Research fellowship position focusing on training in clinical trials methodology and outcomes research. The Neurocritical Care fellowship is a two-year program with extensive training in comprehensive management of critically ill neurological patients.