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Neurology Residency Program

General Overview of the Residency Training Program


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Schedules:  
We are on a 13 four week block schedule. Each block is 28 days total.
 
PGY-2 Schedule:
UCH Neurology inpatient service and consultation service (5 Blocks total)
   - General Neurology with 5 nights of night float call per block(1-2 Blocks)
   - Stroke with 5 nights of night float call per block (1-2 Blocks)
   - Float with 4 nights of 18 hour call per block (1-2 Blocks)
 
DHMC consultation service and outpatient clinics with Q5 24 hour call per block (4 Blocks)
 
VAMC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics with no call (2 Blocks)
 
Subspecialty Outpatient clinics at UCH with no call (1 Block)
 
EMU with no call (1 Block)
 
PGY-3 Schedule:
UCH Neurology inpatient service and consultation service (3 Blocks total)
   - General Neurology with 5 nights of night float call per block (1 Block)
   - Stroke with 5 nights of night float call per block (1 Block)
   - Float with 4 nights of 18 hour call per block (1 Block)
 
DHMC consultation service and outpatient clinics with Q5 24 hour call per block (2 Block)
 
VAMC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics with no call (1 Block)
 
CHCO inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics with two weeks of night home call for one block only (3 Blocks)
 
Subspecialty Outpatient clinics at VAMC with no call (1 Block)
 
Electives with no call (3 blocks)
 
*8 blocks with no call
 
 PGY-4 Schedule:
UCH Neurology inpatient service and consultation service (3 Blocks total)
   - General Neurology with 5 nights of night float call per block(1-2 Blocks)
   - Stroke with 5 nights of night float call per block (1-2 Blocks)
 
DHMC consultation service and outpatient clinics with Q5 24 hour call per block (1 Block)
 
VAMC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics with no call (1 Block)
 
Subspecialty Outpatient clinics at VAMC with no call (2 Blocks)
 
Psychiatry with no call (1 Block)
 
EMU with no call (1 Block)
 
Electives with no call (4 Blocks)
 
*9 blocks with no call


Electives:

EEG/EMU
EMG
Epilepsy
Medical Educators Elective
Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurobehavior
Neuromuscular
Neuro-oncology
Neuro-ophthalmology
Neuroradiology
Neuropathology
Neurointensive Care
Subspecialty Clinics
Vascular Neurology

Research and other approved electives can be designed by the resident with Program Director approval
  
Vacation:

3 weeks a year plus one week for conferences 



​​Didactics

Neurologic expertise is obtained not only through clinical work, but through a multitude of conferences.  Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring educational conferences are abundant and provide residents the opportunity to participate in interactive learning sessions. The major conference time for residents is a 3 hour weekly session that occurs each Wednesday afternoon on the Anschutz Medical Campus. 

Our weekly didactic blocks include, but are not limited to: 

Emergencies in Neurology
Cerebrovascular Disease
Movement Disorders
Sleep Disorders
Epilepsy and EEG
Child Neurology
Inflammatory and Demyelinating Disorders
RITE Review
Neuro-Ophthalmology
Neuro-Infectious Disease
Neuro-Oncology
Headache
Neuromuscular and EMG
Behavioral Neurology​

The didactic curriculum is based upon a three-tiered approach to resident learning. Clinical topics as above are supplemented with basics of neuroscience such as neuroanatomy and neuropharmacology. The third tier includes “professional development” with a wide range of topics including quality improvement methodology, billing and coding, developing leadership skills, and the “business” of neurology – including negotiating contracts and running a private practice.

Didactic sessions are broadcast to all clinical sites and recorded for later viewing for those who cannot attend such as night-float residents.


Professor Rounds

Formal Professor Rounds occurs every Friday morning. Each session a resident will formally present an interesting case to fellow residents, fellows and attendings. Each resident works with a faculty mentor to prepare the case as well as interesting teaching points. Residents will lead the discussion among the group to localize the problem, develop a differential and propose work-up.​ 


Stroke Rounds

Once a month the inpatient stroke team as well as attendings and fellows come together in an interdisciplinary meeting with members of the Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology, and Neurosurgery teams to review interesting and complex cases.​


Neurology Grand Rounds

Each Wednesday, we hold our Neurology Grand Rounds. The lecture series is held at the University of Colorado Hospital over the noon hour. (Don’t worry, we provide lunch for those who come.) It is also broadcast to the VA Medical Center in Denver for residents and faculty so they do not miss out. 


Neuroradiology

Residents meet monthly with our Neuroradiology colleagues to review interesting cases, scans and review radiological neuroanatomy.​​


Lunch Report

Twice weekly at University Hospital residents meet with a sub-specialty outpatient attending to informally discuss an interesting case over lunch. These “morning report” style sessions give residents a chance to develop critical thinking by working through patient cases from start to finish from a new perspective. Sessions are supplemented by outpatient subspecialist run sessions such as stroke concepts and EMG/NCV interpretation.​


Journal Club

Our faculty and residents come together in a social setting once a month to discuss interesting and “ground breaking” scientific literature. Here we combine research methodology and concepts and stress the importance of critical evaluation of the literature. Sessions are led each month by a resident and “visiting” sub-specialty attending as well as our research director.

Wellness

We strongly believe that wellness is at the core of successful residency training. Attention to well-being is essential for optimizing learning, promoting compassionate and highly-skilled patient care, and career satisfaction. We strive to promote resident wellness through formal and informal activities.

The Department of Neurology sponsors monthly activities for residents to promote relationships outside of the hospital. These activities include happy hours, BBQs, local hikes, Rockies games, Top Golf, concerts and more. Additionally, residents organize regular outings amongst themselves to take advantage of everything that Denver and the Rocky Mountains has to offer.​


Career Development

We strongly believe in our obligation to prepare residents for their future careers and to provide a well-rounded experience so that residents are prepared for future practice, no matter what direction they take.

 

Medical Education

Medical education is at the core of the residency program. Residents have the opportunity to formally and informally participate in teaching of medical students and fellow residents. Additionally, interested residents can participate in formal residency and medical student education meetings and directly influence the future curriculum. Through the University of Colorado Academy of Medical Educators, residents can participate in an extremely popular one month teaching elective: “Residents and Fellows as Medical Educators.”


Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

The Department of Neurology has a robust program focused on quality improvement in all aspects of the department (including teaching). Working with our department based clinical QI leadership team, all residents participate in at least one QI project during their residency, although many participate in several projects! As part of the didactic curriculum, residents also learn QI methodology such as performing root cause analyses. Residents will also participate in quarterly case care conferences given in place of Grand Rounds.

 

Research

Research opportunities are abundant in the Department of Neurology and include everything from basic neuroscience, clinical, educational and quality improvement research. Residents learn fundamentals of research methodologies and design through their didactic curriculum and journal club experiences. From there, the sky is the limit! Residents are encouraged to explore their research interests early and develop projects with their mentors. Presentations at national meetings and publications are widely encouraged. All residents will complete at least one research project during their residency.

 

Personalized Mentorship

Every resident at the University of Colorado is assigned a faculty mentor beginning in their PGY-1 year. Mentors and mentees are required to meet several times a year and explore personal and professional goals. Recognizing that no one is able to successfully achieve their goals with a single mentor, faculty mentors recognize the importance of “pulling in” other mentors to help develop research and sub-specialty interests. Additionally, every 6 months each resident meets with the Program Director or Associate Program Director to discuss progress throughout residency, career interests and goals.​