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    Neurology: Training by Year

    Each academic year begins on July 1. That marks the official start date for PGY-1 residents and the graduation date for PGY-4 residents. Residents progress to the next PGY on that date as well. Expand the tabs below for a year-by-year breakdown of the neurology residency program curriculum.


    The second year of neurology residency training (PGY-2) emphasizes the evaluation and management of patients and includes rotations in adult and consultative neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery and neurorehabilitation. Residents also attend the clinics in the first year where they gain experience with patients who have a variety of neurological disorders. Rotations include:

    • inpatient service: six to eight 4-week blocks
    • outpatient service/electives: five 4-week blocks
    • neurosurgery: one 4-week block


    The third year of neurology residency training (PGY-3) complements the clinical experience of the first year by providing instruction and experiences in the neurosciences. The year is divided into quarters with rotations in neuropathology, neurophysiology, and child neurology. A formal lecture program covering the areas of neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and neurophysiology is given annually. Rotations include:

    • inpatient service: four 4-week blocks
    • outpatient service and electives: three 4-week blocks
    • child neurology: two 4-week blocks
    • EEG/EMU: two 4-week blocks
    • psychiatry: one 4-week block
    • neuropathology: one 4-week block


    During the fourth year of neurology residency training (PGY-4), the neurology resident completes clinical training as Senior Resident for the Clinical Services at Barrow and assumes a greater role in the conference and teaching activities of the program. For the balance of the year, each senior resident can choose an elective schedule pursuing either clinical or research activities consistent with his/her future career plans. The experience may involve electives in Pain Management, Neuro-Immunology, Neuro-Oncology, Stroke/Neurovascular, Clinical Movement Disorders, DBS Movement Disorders, Neuromuscular Disease, Clinical Neurophysiology/Epilepsy, Neurorehabiliation, Neuropathology, Neuro-Oncology, Neuro-Otology and Sleep Disorders. Rotations include:

    • inpatient service: three 4-week blocks
    • outpatient service and electives: eight 4-week blocks
    • child neurology: one 4-week block
    • neuropathology: one 4-week block

    About Barrow

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premiere destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.