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FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions of Our Residency Program


Where have our residents gone?

Do you have any fellowship opportunities?
What is the Board Pass Rate for graduated residents?
What is a typical resident schedule?
How many elective months does your program offer? And what are they?
What is the difference between Categorical and Advanced positions?
How many spots do you have to fill?
What makes the University of Colorado Neurology Residency different from other programs?

 

Where have our residents gone?
The majority of our graduates go on to fellowship programs, either here at the University of Colorado or in other programs across the nation.  As you can see from the break down below, others do go straight into private practice.

​Class of 2014 ​80% Fellowship
Location of program: 1 John’s Hopkins, 1 University of Minnesota, 2 University of Colorado
20% Private Practice
Location of practice: Houston, TX
​​Class of 2013 ​100% Fellowship
Location of program: 1 University of Michigan, 1 Toronto, Canada, 1
MD Anderson Texas Medical Center, 2 University of Colorado
​​Class of 2012 ​50% Fellowship
Location of program: 2 University of Colorado
50% Private Practice
Location of practice: 2 in Colorado, 1 Nellis Air Force Base, NV
​​Class of 2011 ​100% Fellowship
Location of program: 4 University of Colorado

 
Do you have any fellowship opportunities?
Yes, we currently have 10 fellowship programs within the Department of Neurology

  • Epilepsy (ACGME accreditation expected in 2016)
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular Medicine (ACGME accredited)
  • Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology (UCNS accredited)
  • Vascular Neurology (ACGME accredited)
  • Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry (UCNS accredited)
  • VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Health and Treatment
  • Neuro-virology
  • Neuro-oncology (UCNS accredited)
These two programs are pending fellowships that we hope to have up and running by 2016:
  • Neuro-hospitalist
  • Headache


What is the Board Pass Rate for graduated residents?

We have a 100% board pass rate for graduates on the first attempt.

​Graduating Class ​# of Graduating/Board Eligible Residents Number of eligible graduates took stage one of the Board exam for the 1st time ​Number of Eligible graduates passed stage one of the Board Exam on the 1st attempt
​2008 ​4 ​4 (100%) ​4 (100%)
​2009 ​6 ​6 (100%) ​6 (100%)
​2010 ​6 ​6 (100%) ​6 (100%)
​2011 ​4 ​4 (100%) ​4 (100%)
​2012 ​5 ​5 (100%) ​5 (100%)
​2013 ​5 ​5 (100%) ​5 (100%)

 
What is a typical resident schedule?
The schedule is very inpatient heavy during the first couple of years of resident. Below is an example of how a typical PGY year could look, but changes are possible and based upon location needs and resident preferences.

 ​Rotation ​PGY-2 ​PGY-3 ​PGY-4
​ Ward - UCH ​ 3 ​ 1-2 ​ 1
​ Float - UCH ​ 1 ​ 0 ​ 0
​ Stroke (ward and clinic) - UCH  ​1                       ​ 0-1                     ​ 0-1                
​ Ward EMU - UCH ​ 0-1                 ​ 1                      ​ 1                 
​ Clinic Subspecialty - UCH ​ 1-2 ​ 0 ​ 0
​ Ward/Clinics - VA ​ 3 ​ 1 ​ 1
​ Clinic – VA (Neuro, Rehab, MovDO, Neuro-op,
 TBI, Neuropsych, Radiology)
​ 0 ​ 1 ​ 1
​ Ward/Clinics - DH ​ 3 ​ 1-2 ​ 1-2
​ Pediatric Neurology ​ 0 ​ 3 ​ 0
​ Electives (See list below) ​ 0 ​ 2-3 ​ 4-5
​ Psychiatry ​ 0 ​ 0 ​ 1
​ Pathology ​ 0 ​ 0-1 ​ 0-1
​ Vacation + Conference ​ 1 ​ 1 ​ 1
​ Total Rotations 12 12 12

 

How many elective months does your program offer? And what are they?
We currently offer 6-7 months of elective time. Below are listed all available electives in the Department of Neurology

​Neuromuscular ​Neurobehavior ​Subspecialty Clinics
​EEG/EMU ​Neuro-oncology ​Vascular Neurology
​EMG ​Neuro-ophthalmology ​Psychiatry
​Epilepsy ​Neuroradiology ​Research
​Movement Disorders ​Neuropathology
​Multiple Sclerosis ​Neurointensive Care


What is the difference between Categorical and Advanced positions?

Starting 2014, we will no longer offer an Advanced position. We will only have Categorical Residency positions.

Categorical
A residency applicant matches in both the Preliminary Internal Medicine Year and the Neurology Residency program.

Advanced
A residency applicant matches in only the Neurology Residency program. The applicant will need to separately apply to the Preliminary Intern year.

How many spots do you have to fill?
Starting 2013, we will take 6 residents each year. By 2017, we will meet our complement of 18 residents. This is 2 more residents than we currently have in our program.

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What makes the University of Colorado Neurology Residency different from other programs? 

The UCD Neurology Residency Program offers a unique learning environment:
  • Organized Didactic Activities

           • Dynamic, flexible curriculum

           • Simulation, Case-based, Problem-based learning

           • Active resident participation in the design and implementation of learning activities 

           • Outcome-based evaluations

  • Self-Learning

           • Organized, resident-centered, customized learning tools

           • Progressive involvement in leadership positions that allows for resident-led initiatives

  • Supervised Clinical Work:

           • Four sites for clinical rotations

           • Neuro-hospitalist program

           • Translational research/QI/basic research track

           • All subspecialties represented

           • Fellowship opportunities​