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Residency Frequently Asked Questions


FAQs
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 2013

  100% Fellowship
o       Location of program: 1 University of Michigan, Toronto, Canada, 1 MD Anderson Texas Medical Center, 2 University of Colorado
Class of 2012                     
  50% Fellowship
o   Location of program: All at the  University of Colorado
  50% Private Practice
o   Location of practice:  2 in Colorado,  1 Nellis Air Force Base, NV
Class of 2011
  100% Fellowship
o   Location of program: All at the University of Colorado
Class of 2010
  40% Fellowship
o   Location of program: 1 at U of CA – San Diego, 1 at the University of Colorado
  60 % Private Practice
o   Location of program: All 3 in 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.

  • PGY 2
    • 4 months at Denver Health Medical Center  (DHMC) on the inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics
    • 3 months at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) on the inpatient and consultation service
    • 2 months at the Denver Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (DVAMC) on the inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics
    • 2 months Subspecialty clinics at the University of Colorado Hospital or Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center
    • 1 month on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) or on the stroke inpatient service and outpatient clinics at UCH
  • PGY 3
    • 1 month DHMC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics
    • 1 month UCH inpatient service and consultation service
    • 1 month DVAMC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics
    • 3 months at the Children’s Hospital Colorado inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics
    • 1 month Subspecialty clinics at the VA
    • 2 months EMU or Stroke inpatient service and outpatient clinics at UCH
    • 3 months Electives  (Research optional)
  • PGY 4
    • 1 month DHMC inpatient service, consultation service and clinics
    • 1 month UCH inpatient service and consultation service
    • 1 month DVAMC  inpatient service, consultation and clinics
    • 1 month Psychiatry
    • 1 month Pathology
    • 1 month Subspecialty clinic rotation at VA
    • 2 months EMU or Stroke inpatient service and consultation service
    • 3 months Electives (Research optional)

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?

  • Categorical position:
    • Full 4 year residency training offered in Neurology
    • Internal Medicine preliminary year is INCLUDED in the residency program
  • Advanced position:
    • Only the 3 years of Neurology are offered
    • Residents complete a "preliminary“ year in Internal Medicine prior to starting their training in Neurology. 
  • We currently offer 5 Categorical and 1 Advanced positions. However, if an applicant matches with our program in an advanced position, a preliminary year in Internal Medicine is GUARANTEED. However, you must apply to both the Neurology and Internal Medicine program at the University of Colorado and rank both as well.

What is the resident complement?
Currently, we have 6 residents per year.  However, we will be adding an additional position to each PGY in the coming years.  Below is a chart showing the number of residents in the past decade
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