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

Depth of Neurology Exposure


The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology is made up of 10 divisions providing specialized training in a broad range of neurosciences. Each division has a clinical and research core in its structure. Visit our divisional pages to learn more about our faculty members' extraordinary range of expertise.

Rotation Highlights

General Neurology Service

This is a busy service that cares for patients with a wide variety of neurological diseases (neuro-oncology, epilepsy, neuro-ID, etc). The service consists of 1 senior resident, 2 junior residents, rotators (including psychiatry, PM&R, and pediatric neurology), a nurse practitioner, and medical students. We see the “bread-and-butter” as well as the “zebras”.

Stroke Service

The stroke inpatient service primarily admits stroke and vascular cases.  It is staffed by a senior resident, a stroke fellow, 1-2 junior residents, and medical students.  Close collaboration with neurosurgery and interventional radiology is a highlight.

Consult Service

Residents work in a team with 1 senior, 1-2 juniors, rotators (including psychiatry, PM&R, and pediatric neurology), and medical students.  Non-vascular consults, including common and uncommon disorders, from all over the hospital are seen by this team.


During this 2-week or 4-week rotation, residents will be provided with the basic foundations for interpretation of gross and microscopic pathology specimens relevant to neurology practice, and the tools necessary for evaluating neurosurgical brain and spinal cord biopsy specimens and autopsy brain and spinal cord specimens.  The rotation will provide a framework of reference for the neurology trainee who will encounter neuropathology in most of his / her patients.

Cognitive Neurology & Neuropsychiatry

The focus of the rotation is on behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. Residents will spend most of their time in a variety of clinical settings including cognitive neurology clinic, neuropsychology and social work clinics, and psychiatry clinics.  Most of the rotation takes place in the Mesalum Center for Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer’s Disease under the guidance of Dr. Marsel Mesalum who also leads a weekly clinical case conference.  Neuropsychiatry clinics with expert psychiatrists in epilepsy and movement disorders clinics are also highlights.


Residents will see a tremendous range of imaging pathology that comprises the routine work-load in neuroradiology. They will develop a basic understanding of the different imaging modalities that we use (CT, MRI, myelography and angiography) and learn which modality is best suited to answer the pertinent clinical questions. Anatomy and disease processes as they appear on imaging will be discussed. In exchange, residents provide important clinical insight to what radiologists are viewing on the screen.  A monthly combined neurology – neuroradiology didactic conference is also a popular part of the didactic curriculum.


Residents will learn to demonstrate competence with independent interpretation of normal EEG, common abnormal patterns, normal variants and recognition of ictal patterns.  They will learn to obtain an epilepsy specific history and physical in a tertiary care setting, understand indication of basic and advanced workup of epilepsy patients, diagnose common forms of epilepsy and select first line treatment options.

Neurorehabilitation Elective

We are fortunate to have an affiliation with the #1 rehabilitation hospital in the country in the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab which is on our campus.  Residents can do a 2-week or 4-week elective which includes exposure to spinal cord injury and brain injury / stroke rehab, including both outpatient and inpatient experiences.

Pediatric Neurology

Over the course of training, residents will complete 3 months of pediatric neurology training at Lurie Children’s Hospital to gain competency in the assessment and treatment of children with acute and chronic neurologic disorders and satisfy the ABPN requirements for board eligibility.  The children’s hospital is connected to our main hospital.  Residents and fellows will participate in clinics under the supervision of a variety of neurology attendings.  Subspecialty clinics including neuromuscular (MDA), movement disorders, demyelinating disorders, epilepsy, headache, and neonatal neurology will be included.  Residents will also rotate on the inpatient pediatric neurology service, and have the option to rotate in the pediatric EMU and neonatal ICU.

Academic / Teaching Rotation

As part of the residency teaching mission, each senior resident will dedicate one block to a medical education rotation.  During this rotation the resident will be responsible for guiding several teaching experiences for medical students.  Teaching responsibilities during this rotation include small group lectures, teaching procedures, and case-based teaching.  During this rotation residents will learn to take on the role of an educator and leader.  The rotation will be combined with a research or clinical elective.  Time that is not scheduled for teaching can be spent in the outpatient subspecialty clinic of their choice, or to working on a research project. 

Neurologic Intensive Care Unit

The combined neurological-neurosurgical intensive care unit, consisting of 24 beds, is equipped with sophisticated medical technology and provides advanced care to the most complicated and urgent neurological cases, often transferred from outside hospitals. The NICU has its own active fellowship program, carries out cutting-edge clinical research and plays an essential role in the education of Northwestern neurologists. 

Neuromuscular / EMG

The aim of the rotation in is to master the skills of evaluation and management of patients with neuromuscular disorders as well as to gain the foundation of the technical and interpretation skills of EMG. Residents will gain deeper understanding of the anatomy of the peripheral nervous system and neuromuscular disease pathophysiology.

Emergency Neurology

This rotation provides a consolidated experience in the assessment of neurological problems in the emergency room setting. The residents perform consults in the emergency room and decide on the disposition of the patients. Our residents consider the ER neurology rotation a highly valuable learning experience which provides opportunity for valuable autonomy.

Night Float

The aim of this rotation is to expose the trainee to a wide variety of neurologic disorders and the evaluation of patients in the emergency room and hospital setting. This is a 2-person system with the junior and senior resident working together. Our night float schedule consists of 6 one-week blocks for our PGY-2s and 3 one-week blocks for our PGY-3s and PGY-4s. We no longer have any 24-hour calls!

PGY-2 Outpatient Clinic

PGY-2 residents will rotate through various outpatient neurology subspecialties including movement disorders, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-oncology, neuro-otology, sleep medicine, neuromuscular, epilepsy, general neurology, and neuro-immunology.  Residents will have exposure to all specialties as well as have a continuity clinic experience in a specialty of their choice.  Each resident will have 6 one-week outpatient rotations.

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