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Neurology Residency Program

General Overview of the Residency Training Program


                                                                                

 

DHMC = Denver Health Medical Center
UCH = University of Colorado Hospital
DVAMC = Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center
CHC= Children’s Hospital Colorado
EMU = epilepsy monitoring unit

 
 
PGY-2 Schedule:


DHMC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics (4 mo)
UCH inpatient service and consultation service (3 mo)
DVAMC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics (2 mo)
Subspecialty clinics at UCH or VA (2 mo)
EMU or Stroke inpatient service and outpatient clinics at UCH (1 mo)

3 months of no call


PGY-3 Schedule:

DHMC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics  (1 mo)
UCH inpatient service and consultation service (1 mo)
DVAMC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics(1 mo)
CHC inpatient service, consultation service and outpatient clinics (3 mo)
Subspecialty clinics at DVAMC (1 mo)
Stroke inpatient service and outpatient clinics (1 mo)
Research elective, if desired (1 mo)
Electives (resident's choice) (3 mo)
 
6 months of no call
 
PGY-4 Schedule:
 
DHMC inpatient service, consultation service and clinics (1 mo)
UCH inpatient service and consultation service (1 mo)
DVAMC inpatient service, consultation service and clinics (1 mo)
Psychiatry (1 mo)
Pathology (1mo)
Subspecialty clinic rotation at DVAMC (1 mo)
Stroke inpatient service and consultation service (1 mo)
Electives (resident's choice) (5 mo)

8 to 9 months of 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


Longitudinal Experiences - PGY 2 – 4:

Continuity clinics at DVAMC, DHMC, or UCH will be ½ day each week for 48 weeks each year.


Vacation:

3 weeks a year plus one week for conferences 

Didactics and Professor Rounds


The Department of Neurology is devoted to resident education. Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring educational conferences are abundant and provide residents the opportunity to participate in didactic and 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.

To view the monthly schedule please go to the Events and Schedules page.  Our weekly didactic blocks include:

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 idea of a concentrated weekly conference was brought forth and developed by the residents several years ago and the tradition has continued. The format has continued to grow and develop into a curriculum-based conference with clinical and basic science didactics, case presentations (“morning report” style) to faculty, and newly developed, interactive and resident-run sessions including in training exam reviews and clinical care conferences.

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.
 
Each week is different. We maintain a diverse curriculum from guest lecturers to faculty and resident joint lectures to the latest research findings by our faculty. To view the monthly Grand Rounds schedule please go to the Events and Schedules page.

Journal Club


Our faculty and residents come together in a social setting once a month to discuss difficult or interesting cases. The location of the journal club may change from month to month. Each resident is able to present a case each year with another resident and faculty member. These meetings are less formal and residents are able to relax and socialize with one another afterward. To view the monthly journal clubs and the articles presented please go to the Events and Schedules page.

Leaders in Education, Administration and Research (LEAdR) Curriculum


The aim for the LEAdR Curriculum is to educate residents in the arts of leadership and practice management by stimulating the development of resident-led initiatives different parts of the residency curriculum. The curriculum will result in the development of three Resident-led Councils:

Medical Education Council

Hospital Administration & Patient Safety Council

Research Council
 

Each council will have a faculty member, an administrator, a senior resident leader, and up to two junior resident assistants. Residents are nominated to the various councils based upon their personal interests, personal and professional skills, and overall leadership qualities.

Medical Education Council:

The curriculum at the Neurology Residency Program was recently restructured with the main goal being to fulfill current and future ACGME requirements, adapt to the rapidly growing field of neurosciences, and provide a dynamic resident-centered education. Our current curriculum is divided into a lecture series, and a web-based curriculum. The Neurology Lecture Series is organized into 15 blocks of lectures throughout a 12 month cycle. Each block represents a different area or subspecialty of neurology. The Medical Education Council (MEC) meets regularly and identifies faculty members to serve as directors for each of the blocks included in the lecture series. The MEC meets with each block director to develop the goals and learning objectives for the block.

 

The MEC also develops the web-based curriculum which provides additional learning material intended to complement the lecture series, to stimulate self-learning techniques, and to enhance participation of residents in a dynamic user friendly environment. In order to understand the extent of the acquisition of knowledge, pre-test and post-test examinations are given to residents before and after each block through an online program called Medhub . The MEC facilitates the development of the tests, keeping in mind the recently developed milestones in medical education by the ACGME. Each of the questions will represent a different level of development that a resident has to demonstrate throughout their training. 

Hospital Administration and Quality Improvement Council:

Our health care system is undergoing dramatic change under the rubric of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (reference). A changing health care environment will also result in the immediate need for more physicians trained in providing care to a heterogeneous population of patients with focus on systems care and quality improvement. As a consequence, physicians will become involved in leadership positions responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of initiatives at various levels. To adequately prepare residents for management positions, residency programs will face the need to incorporate into their curriculum activities that will focus on training residents in workforce development, quality improvement, and leadership skills.

 

The Hospital Administration and QI council (HAC) meets regularly to design educational activities as well as to identify practice-based and system-based projects at all affiliated sites that will lead to improved practice management and outcomes. Feedback from fellow residents, nurses, staff, patients and other sources will be considered as part of the identification of future projects. Each resident will attend a series of lecture and educational activities intended to cover topics related to business in neurology, hospital administration, quality improvement, patient safety, etc.

 

Research Council:

The Research Council (RC) develops educational activities to train residents in neuroscience research, clinical translational research, as well as practice parameters among residents at various levels of training. The faculty director for the RC meets with individual residents in order to assist them with their chosen research project.  Discussion topics include choosing the right mentor, identifying research projects, learning regulatory issues in research, and analyzing and summarizing data results into a publication. The RC hosts workshops on essential topics needed to successfully conduct clinical or basic science research.  


International Rotation


The Department has collaboration between the Department of Diversity and Inclusion at SOM, and the Department of Global Health. Our goal is to establish a Global Health track and include socio-cultural aspects of Neurology, NeuroID and other subspecialties to the curriculum.

Argentina
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Residents spend up to 4 weeks in Argentina working at a medical school and hospital. The goal for the rotation is to give residents the opportunity to learn how various healthcare systems impact the delivery of specialized neurological care.
 
Guatemala

The University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado collaborated with a rural clinic in El Pomal, Guatemala.
 

Nepal

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Residents spend 2 weeks in Kathmandu, Nepal working in an Epilepsy Clinic. The goal for this activity is for participants to provide epilepsy care to underserved populations in Kathmandu.


Spanish Courses


Our department offers 2 semesters, 1 hour per week of Spanish medical training. Faculty, residents and fellows are all welcome to participate. Attendees learn basic Spanish as well as medical terminology which helps to prepare our residents for their international rotation.

 

​Willie Weinstein Day


Each year, in honor of one of our former faculty members, we hold Willie Weinstein Day. Since Dr Weinstein was an avid skier, we spend the day at one of the ski resorts in Colorado. Vail has been a popular choice for residents and faculty. One day in January or February, we schedule a trip to the resort. Not a skier? That is OK; not all of our residents and faculty are either. We try to make sure that the resort also has other activities as well. Including:
 
Snow tubing
Ski Biking
Snowmobiling
Snowshoeing
Nordic Skiing
Sitting inside a warm restaurant
 
After the activity of your choice, we plan a lunch or dinner where the group can meet up. 

Welcome Picnic


After orientation, the department hosts a picnic for the faculty and residents to meet the incoming PGY 2 residents. Taking advantage of the Colorado July weather, we hold a catered picnic for residents and faculty to relax and get to know one another at the beginning of the academic year.

Other Social Activities


One of our faculty members holds an annual crawfish boil. Yes, crawfish boil in Colorado.
Another faculty member often donates season tickets to the Rockies baseball game once a year for residents and their family to attend.
 
Since we are a smaller program than other specialties, our residents often plan activities on their own. Resident have formed kickball teams, met up for hikes, gone to one of the many festivals together in town and much more.