Clinical Curriculum

The residency emphasizes a broad experience in clinical neurology with appropriate time spent in direct patient care.  The program is based on inpatient, outpatient and consultation rotations within the department, and in other departments whose specialties are required for board eligibility.

Each year is comprised of 13 four-week rotations. Some rotations are two weeks in length.

Rotations

PG-1

The PG-1 resident is made to feel a full member of the Neurology department through use of the residents’ office, encouraged attendance at Neurology conferences, and inclusion in extracurricular activities. During block 13 of the PG-1 year, all residents will participate in the Neurology Immersion Block; this rotation is an introduction to beginning neurology residency including lectures, quizzes, shadow clinics, shadow calls, and team building.

PG-1 Rotations Location Four-Week Blocks
Inpatient Internal Medicine UIHC, VA 6
Consultation Internal Medicine UIHC 2
Neurology General Inpatient UIHC 1
Ambulatory Internal Medicine UIHC 1
Surgical and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit UIHC 1
Psychiatry UIHC 1
**Neurology Immersion Block**
UIHC 1

PG-2

Neurology residency begins in the PG-2 year, and is designed to provide the resident with comprehensive exposure to inpatient, outpatient and consultative neurology through direct patient care, supervised by senior residents, fellows and faculty physicians. Inpatient and consultation rotations are conducted by teams working closely together, modeling the collaborative nature of medical practice.

PG-2 Rotations Location Four-Week Blocks
Inpatient Stroke Team UIHC 4 - 4.5
Neurology Clinic UIHC 2 - 2.5
Inpatient General Team UIHC 2
Night Float UIHC, VA 1.5
Child Neurology UIHC 1
EEG/EMG UIHC 1
Neurology Consultation VA 1

PG-3

The transition to greater independence continues in the PG-3 year, when the resident performs rotations that emphasize supervision of junior residents and students. The senior resident oversees the junior residents on call.  *Electives can be at other institutions including international locations.

PG-3 Rotations Location Four-Week Blocks
Neurology Consult Service UIHC 2 - 2.5
Elective UIHC, VA 2
Inpatient Stroke Team Senior UIHC 2
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit UIHC 2
Neurology Clinic UIHC 1.5 - 2
Child Neurology UIHC 1
Neuro-Interventional Radiology UIHC 1
Neurology Consultation VA 1

PG-4

The transition to independent practice is completed in the PG-4 year, when the resident pursues additional elective time such as neurogenetics, neuropsychology, neuropathology, EMG, EEG, and independent research.  *Electives can be at other institutions including international locations.

PG-4 Rotations Location Four-Week Blocks
Elective UIHC, VA, Away 6
Neurology Clinic UIHC 2
Neurology Consult Service UIHC 2
Child Neurology UIHC 1
Jeopardy UIHC 1
Neuro-Interventional Radiology UIHC 1

* Chosen from Movement Disorders, Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuropathology and Interventional Neuroradiology.

Continuity of Care Clinics

Each resident conducts a continuity of care (COC) clinic two weeks out of three at UIHC and every other week at the VA. The two venues complement each other, exposing the resident to different patient populations, electronic medical records and health care delivery systems. COC clinics are staffed by full-time faculty of the Department of Neurology chosen for their skill at teaching.