Our rich and innovative curriculum features multiple daily conferences covering all of our subspecialties, simulation-based training, and an evidence-based medicine course focusing on research and trials. Residents also have the chance to interact with all of the faculty at our weekly department-wide case discussions and grand rounds. Grand Rounds speakers are expert scientists and clinicians from all over the world who speak about cutting-edge work.
Clinical Neurophysiology RotationThis rotation is designed as a one-month didactic introduction to clinical neurophysiology. The rotation is attended by the entire PGY-3 class in September each year. During this course, residents have no other clinical responsibilities other than their outpatient continuity clinic. The curriculum consists of didactic lectures in the morningxand workshops in the afternoon (such as EEG reading, EMG interpretation and botulinum toxin injection). The rotation is directed by Elizabeth E. Gerard, MD, and provides the foundation for future training in EEG, EMG, sleep medicine and other electro-diagnostic based areas of neurology.
Evidence-Based Medicine CurriculumWe have introduced a formal curriculum that covers the foundation of clinical research and clinical trials. The course is directed by Danny Bega, MD, our program director. The course is required for the PGY-3 residents and consists of lectures across five weeks, covering topics on clinical trials design, introduction to biostatistics and epidemiology, and a foundation for residents to better interpret existing literature. Residents also find this is a valuable course in providing background for their own research projects.
Teaching ConferencesTeaching conferences are held twice daily and feature content including basic science and neuroanatomy courses, journal clubs, neuroradiology lectures and brain-cutting workshops. These conferences provide structured learning opportunities for residents and fellows. Faculty from other specialties are also invited to provide expert opinions and insights from their own disciplines on complex cases. We also make use of our simulation laboratories to take teaching out of the traditional classroom.
Quality ImprovementAll residents are members of either the hospital general neurology quality committee or the stroke neurology quality committee during their PGY-3 or PGY-4 year. Each resident also participates in our monthly morbidity and mortality conference and prepares this conference during their senior block. A quality improvement curriculum has been developed to teach important principles of QI to all residents involved in our neurology resident program. Opportunities to become involved in QI projects or research are available to interested residents.