Didactic Curriculum

The core didactic program of the residency comprises three regularly-occurring conferences:

  • Grand Rounds, featuring Department of Neurology, University of Iowa, and visiting scholars describing the leading edge of neuroscience investigation and clinical care. Held each Tuesday at noon.
  • The Neuroscience Course, a foundational series of lectures designed to build a base for further clinical learning. Semester-long sections of Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuropharmacology, and Neurochemistry are held in a two-year rotation. Held each Friday at noon.

Lectures are recorded and posted for later viewing on the web, and attendance is promoted through a “hold your pager” system.

Other rotation-specific and subspeciality conferences are held throughout the week, and resident attendance is encouraged. Stroke Rounds, held Monday to Friday at 8:00 AM, features discussion of an interesting or challenging recent case in a participatory format. Lively and open discussion of anatomic localization, imaging correlates, differential diagnosis and therapy are emphasized. A sample weekly schedule is noted below.

Sample Didactic Schedule

12 - 1 p.m. Cerebrovascular Neurology Conference (Erin Rindels)
"Sleep Case Conference: Analyzing PSG of the Week"
Every Other Week: Epilepsy Surgery Conference
7 - 8 a.m. Neuropathology/Oncology Conference
12 - 1 p.m. Grand Rounds
7:30 - 8 a.m. Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference
1st House Staff Meeting
2nd & 4th Movement Disorder Conference
3rd Neurology Subspecialty Lecture
7:30 - 8 a.m. Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference
1st2nd4th Neurology Subspecialty Lecture
3rd Neuroradiology Conference
7:30 - 8 a.m. Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference
12 - 1 p.m. Rotating Annual Lecture Series - Neuropharmacology, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology
4th Research Seminar
1 - 2 p.m. Neurophysiology Fellowship Conference
2 - 3 p.m. Sleep Medicine Conference