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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.

    PGY-1

    The first year of categorical neurology training provides the foundation of clinical exposure and knowledge necessary for neurology education. The intern year of residency training (PGY-1) emphasizes exposure to the internal medicine department, including the faculty and most of the educational rotations. Under the direction of the Department of Neurology, training during the intern year facilitates a smooth transition into the residency program and provides an educational experience tailored to neurology residency. Rotations are scheduled on a weekly basis and include elective options in palliative care, neuroradiology, gastroenterology, and geriatrics.

    Rotations include:

    • 6 weeks of ICU
    • 20 weeks of internal medicine inpatient service
    • 4 weeks of infectious disease
    • 4 weeks of cardiology
    • 5 weeks of neurology (1 week of orientation activities)
    • 2 weeks of endocrinology
    • 2 weeks of hematology
    • 4 weeks of emergency medicine
    • 6 weeks of electives

    PGY-2

    The first year of neurology-specific residency training (PGY-2) emphasizes the evaluation and management of patients. It includes rotations in inpatient and outpatient neurology, as well as neurosurgery. Residents participate in outpatient clinics, where they gain experience with patients who have a variety of neurological disorders. Formal lectures covering the areas of neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and neurophysiology are given annually. Outpatient experiences include neuro-immunology, neuro-oncology, cognitive impairment and dementia, epilepsy, neuromuscular medicine, and movement disorders

    Rotations include:

    • Inpatient service: six 4-week blocks
    • Outpatient service/electives: six 4-week blocks
    • Neurosurgery: one 4-week block

    PGY-3

    The second year of neurology-specific residency training (PGY-3) complements the clinical experience of PGY-2 by providing advanced instruction and experiences in the neurosciences. Residents participate in outpatient clinics, where they gain experience with patients who have a variety of neurological disorders. Electives include neuro-immunology, neuro-oncology, cognitive impairment and dementia, epilepsy, neuromuscular medicine, movement disorders, neuro-otology, neurorehabilitation, neuroradiology, neuropathology, sleep disorders, sports neurology and traumatic brain injury, telestroke, vascular neurology, electroencephalography (EEG), epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU), electromyography (EMG), and headache. Formal lectures covering the areas of neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and neurophysiology are also provided.

    Rotations include:

    • Inpatient service: five 4-week blocks
    • Outpatient service and electives: four 4-week blocks
    • Child neurology: two 4-week blocks
    • Psychiatry: one 4-week block

    PGY-4

    During the final year of neurology residency training (PGY-4), the neurology resident completes clinical training as senior/supervising resident for the clinical services and assumes a greater role in the conference and teaching activities of the program. Each senior resident can choose an elective schedule pursuing either clinical or research activities consistent with their future career plans. Residents participate in outpatient clinics, where they gain advanced experience with patients who have a variety of neurological disorders. This finalizes their training to act independently. Electives include neuro-immunology, neuro-oncology, cognitive impairment and dementia, epilepsy, neuromuscular medicine, movement disorders, neuro-otology, neurorehabilitation, neuroradiology, neuropathology, sleep disorders, sports neurology and traumatic brain injury, telestroke, vascular neurology, electroencephalography (EEG), epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU), electromyography (EMG), and headache. Formal lecture series covering the areas of neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and neurophysiology are also provided.

    Rotations include:

    • Inpatient service: three 4-week blocks
    • Consult service: one 4-week block
    • Outpatient service and electives: six 4-week blocks
    • Child neurology: one 4-week block
    • EEG/EMU: one 4-week block

    About Barrow

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier 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.