Didactic Sessions

Morning Report — Weekdays at 8 a.m.
A fast-paced conference in which recent patient presentations are used as a starting point for discussion of differential diagnoses, pathophysiology, and management.

Grand Rounds — Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
Formal lectures on a variety of current topics in Neurology and allied specialties. Local,  national, and international speakers are invited to give lectures on their specific areas of expertise.

Clinical Case Conference — Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
The residents take turns presenting interesting patients for discussion.  Whenever possible, the presenting resident will discuss a case that is linked to the grand rounds topic.

Midday Conference Weekdays 11:30-12:30. Lunch provided.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference - Mondays at 11:30 a.m. - 12 times a year
The department safety officer presents statistics on patient outcomes from the preceding month. The PGY-4 residents recently on service will present cases with adverse outcomes or areas for improvement for a no-fault root cause analysis and discussion. Lunch provided.


Emergency lecture series: Covering those topics that neurology residents need be familiar with early in residency to deal with issues that may arise while on call.


Introductory talks on the major areas of neurology.  Designed to give new residents a good base of knowledge to build upon and as a review for more senior residents.

Neuroanatomy review: A two week intensive course taught by PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents to review the major anatomic structures and connections of the nervous system.



Resident Meeting – Monthly: The Program Director meets with all the residents to discuss any resident concerns, disseminate information, and brainstorm about ideas for improvements.

Chair Rounds (2-3 times a month): A formal patient presentation and discussion led by the Chairman or his designee.


The visiting Grand Rounds speaker for the week will give an additional session just for the residents to discuss further learning points on their area of expertise.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays- Resident Midday Learning Sessions:

The core lecture series has recently been redesigned based on resident feedback such that each subject area is given a block of sessions (varying from 2-7 weeks in length) to cover the major topics in that field.  The schedule is designed so that each topic block is repeated twice over the course of the 3 years of neurology residency.

Topic blocks:

  • Vascular
  • Neuro-ophthalmology /Neuro-otology
  • Epilepsy and Sleep
  • Oncology
  • Neuromuscular
  • Spinal Cord
  • Headache / Pain / Substance Abuse
  • Neuropsychology and Cognition
  • Dementia and Movement Disorders
  • Demyelinating / Neuroimmunology / Neuro-ID
  • Development and Genetics
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry

Each block incorporates sessions in:

  • Epidemiology       
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Physiology & Chemistry
  • Pharmacology & Current treatment guidelines
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Critical care issues
  • Ethics
  • Board Review
  • Journal Club: 1-2 sessions each block. A resident will lead the discussion of an article related to the block topic.  Faculty experts in both the clinical topic, as well as experts in research trial design and analysis attend to facilitate discussion

Residents meet in the UMMC MASTRI simulation center for Lumbar Puncture tutorial.

For patient inquiries or to make an appointment, call 1-800-492-5538.

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