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Neurology Residency Program

Rotation and PGY Goals and Objectives


Current Residents

Year 1 Goals

  • Develop expertise in history-taking and the neurologic examination of patients with neurologic disease
  • Master the clinical approach to the patient with neurologic disease: localization of the problem in the nervous system, and identification and verification of the most likely diagnosis, including an efficient workup
  • Rapidly become familiar with indications for diagnostic studies, including lumbar puncture, EMG/NCV studies, EEGs, CT scanning, MRI scanning, angiography, MRA, and myelography
  • Learn how to read CT and MRI scans and other imaging studies, and how to interpret reports of EEGs and EMG/NCV studies
  • Become expert in the performance of a lumbar puncture
  • Become expert in the management of inpatients and outpatients with neurologic disease, including patients in intensive care unit
  • Develop a cadre of neurologic disease patients in the Outpatient Neurology Continuity Clinic, and learn how to manage these patients
  • Begin a reading program of functional neuroanatomy, clinical neurology, and current literature
  • Begin study of 3-year cycle of basic sciences applied to the nervous system
  • Participate in teaching medical students special areas of neurology
  • PGY-2 Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC): Inpatient, Consult, and Outpatient Clinic Service

    PGY-2 University of Colorado Hospital (UCH): Inpatient and Consult Service

    PGY-2 Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (DVAMC): Inpatient, Consult, and Outpatient Clinic Service

    PGY-2 Subspecialty Clinics – University of Colorado Hospital

    PGY-2 Subspecialty Clinics – Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center

    UCH: Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Service

    UCH Stroke Service: Orientation and Expectations for Neurology Residents

    Year 2 Goals

  • Continue development and management of patients in Neurology Continuity clinic
  • Continue development and management of inpatients with neurologic disease, including those in the intensive care unit
  • Learn how to perform a neurologic consultation
  • Develop expertise in management of children with neurologic disease during a 3-month Child Neurology rotation
  • Learn how to perform and interpret NCV/EMGs, EEGs, and EPs, and to care for difficult-to-manage neuromuscular and epilepsy patients during 8 weeks of a Neurophysiology rotation
  • Participate in teaching medical students special areas of neurology
  • Continue study of basic neuroscience
  • PGY-3 and 4 Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC): Inpatient, Consult, and Outpatient Clinic Service

    PGY-3 and 4 Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (DVAMC): Inpatient, Consult, and Outpatient Clinic Service

    PGY-3 and 4 University of Colorado Hospital (UCH): Inpatient and Consult Service

    UCH: Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Service

    UCH Stroke Service: Orientation and Expectations for Neurology Residents

    PGY-3 and 4 Psychiatry VA elective rotation: Outpatient and Consult Service

    PGY-3 and 4 Pediatric Neurology rotation: Outpatient and Inpatient Service

    PGY-3 and 4 Neuropathology rotation 

    PGY-3 and 4 Neuroradiology rotation

     

    Year 3 Goals

  • Become proficient in ordering and interpreting MRI, CT, angiograms, and myelography studies, and to recognize standard neuropathologic changes at a gross and microscopic level: stroke, degenerative disease, inflammatory and infectious diseases, tumor, etc. during a Neuropathology/Neuroradiology rotation
  • Maintain responsibility in the capacity of Senior Resident for the inpatient services at all three teaching hospitals, including care of patients in intensive care
  • Refine the skills necessary to perform an independentneurologic consultation
  • Participate in teaching medical students special areas of neurology
  • Gain greater in-depth knowledge in the management of disorders within each of the subspecialty areas of neurology with completion of elective rotations that may include additional neuroradiology, EEG, EMG/NCV, behavioral neurology, movement disorders, neurosurgery, multiple sclerosis, stroke, neuroICU, neuro-ophthalmology, clinical or basic neuroscience research, psychiatry, and resident-designed electives
  • Develop speaking and organizational skills with presentation at of one Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Continue study of basic neuroscience
  • PGY-3 and 4 Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC): Inpatient, Consult, and Outpatient Clinic Service

    PGY-3 and 4 Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (DVAMC): Inpatient, Consult, and Outpatient Clinic Service

    PGY-3 and 4 University of Colorado Hospital (UCH): Inpatient and Consult Service

    UCH: Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Service

    UCH Stroke Service: Orientation and Expectations for Neurology Residents

    PGY-3 and 4 Psychiatry VA elective rotation: Outpatient and Consult Service

    PGY-3 and 4 Pediatric Neurology rotation: Outpatient and Inpatient Service

    PGY-3 and 4 Neuropathology rotation

     

    PGY-3 and 4 Neuroradiology rotation