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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Didactic Curriculum

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.

Curriculum Highlights

Clincal Neurophysiology Rotation

This 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 morning) and workshops in the afternoon (such as EEG reading, EMG interpretation, 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 Curriculum

We 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 provides the foundation for the residents to better interpret the literature. Residents also find this is a valuable course in providing background for their own research projects.

July Curriculum & Boot Camp

New PGY-2s are quickly brought up to speed with a review of neuroanatomy and detailed training on the neurological exam by expert clinicians. The July lecture series consists of neuro-emergencies and common ER consults.  We also have an interactive boot camp to train new residents on managing stroke and ICH codes, status epilepticus, ophthalmoscopy training, and performing lumbar punctures.

Neuroanatomy

Our residents spend 1-2 hours every Friday morning learning neuroanatomy with Professor Changiz Geula. Dr. Geula has won numerous teaching awards for his dedication to this excellent course. Residents also receive neuroanatomy text books and a subscription to an interactive “draw-it-to-know-it” program.

Teaching Conferences

Teaching 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 opinion and insight from their own disciplines on complex cases. We also make use of our simulation laboratories to take teaching out of the traditional classroom.

Quality Improvement

All 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.

Business of Medicine

Our business of medicine lecture series prepares residents for practical aspects of a career after residents.  Topics include Negotiating a Contract, Academic vs Private Practice Careers, Navigating a Research Career, Financial Planning, Documentation & Billing, etc.

"How to Teach" Curriculum

This series of workshops highlights the role of the resident as a medical educator and provides guidance and strategies for improving the quality of peer-to-peer and resident-to-student teaching.  We use the literature and expert experiences to provide guidance on medical education with topics such as How to Give Feedback, How to Teach on Rounds, and How to Prepare a Presentation.

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