Program

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The Neurology Residency Training Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is designed to provide comprehensive training in neurology and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The hospitals incorporated into the program offer broad clinical training experiences in acute, referral, consultative, ambulatory, and rehabilitation neurology. Although the structured portions of the training program focus on the development of clinical skills, there are numerous opportunities for elective and subspecialty experiences to develop expertise in clinical and neuroscience research.

The Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland Medical System gives state-of-the-art training in neurology by providing exposure to a broad range of patients, utilizing the latest diagnostic techniques and advanced treatments. Instruction is predominantly by full-time faculty members. The goal of training is to produce residents whose excellence in clinical neurology is complemented by an understanding and appreciation of the neurosciences.

Six or seven PGY-2 residents are accepted each year into the Neurology Residency Training Program (PGY-2 to PGY-4). Applicants should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS; www.aamc.org) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP; www.nrmp.org). To be eligible, candidates must graduate from an approved American or Canadian medical school or obtain ECFMG certification. To be considered for an interview with our program we require clinical experience in the United States sufficient to insure that the applicant is competitive for a PGY-1 position in an ACGME-accredited program.

Prior to beginning training in neurology, a PGY-1 year with at least eight months of internal medicine is required at an ACGME-accredited institution in the United States.  The University of Maryland Internal Medicine Program provides excellent training through their Preliminary year program; more information about the curriculum can be found on their website www.umm.edu/imres.  There are also multiple other training programs in the Baltimore area and elsewhere that would fulfill this requirement.  Applicants are encouraged to explore all PGY-1 options to determine what setting is best for their individual needs.  Residents participating in this coordinated experience may elect to participate in a one month neurology subspecialty clinic rotation during their PGY-1 year.

Throughout the three years of neurology residency training the residents follow patients in their continuity clinic in the Department's ambulatory center. Additional exposure to the management of neurological out-patients is provided by participation in the Department's specialty clinics as well as the VA Medical Center's subspecialty outpatient clinics.

In-hospital night call averages every sixth night during the PGY-2 year and twice monthly in the PGY-3 year. PGY-4 residents periodically are on home call and are available to help the junior residents who are in-house.

A full program of weekly conferences is scheduled to complement the traditional patient-oriented bedside teaching. Grand Rounds are given in the form of formal lectures on a variety of current topics in Neurology and allied specialties. National and local speakers are invited to give lectures on their specific areas of expertise. This lecture is followed by a clinical case conference presented by residents.

Lunch time educational conferences are held nearly every day of the week. The conferences cover a variety of topics including multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular disease, neuro-oncology, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, neuro-ophthamology, and neuro-degenerative disorders among others. The conferences are given by specialists in the field. There is also a summer series of emergency neurology lectures addressing management of status epilepticus, brain edema and hernation, stroke, spinal cord injury, etc. Other conferences are dedicated to the related fields of neuroimaging and psychiatry. Chairman's rounds are conducted weekly.

There are many local and national educational conference opportunities. The residents are significantly involved in teaching neurology to the medical students during their one-month long rotation in neurology. This is very rewarding and also further reinforces resident learning.

Mentorship programs are in place to guide residents in their career paths. Residents are expected to participate in research projects in collaboration with faculty preceptors.

Neurology residents are prepared for the Neurology Board examinations by a comprehensive weekly didactic teaching course, in-service exams, and ABPN-mandated clinical examinations administered by faculty. By the conclusion of their three year residency, our graduates are well prepared for the future and have been highly successful in competing for prestigious positions as fellows, researchers and clinical neurologists. We take great pride in our Neurology Residency Program and its graduates, and we welcome inquiries.

Block Rotation Schedule: Academic year 2013-14: Total # of 4 week block rotations

Rotations PGY2 (n=6) PGY3 (n=7) PGY4 *(n=5)
UMMC Stroke Service 5
2 or 3
UMMC General Neurology Service
2 2 2 or 3
Critical care
1 1
VA Consults

2
VA Clinic/LP

2
VA Clinic/Onc

1
VA Neurophys (EMG+EEG)


1
Evening Float
1 1
UMMC Peds
1

JHH Peds


2
Neuromusc/EMG

1
Epilepsy/EEG

1
Psychiatry
1

Rehab
0.5 0.5
Elective – research, sleep, pain, emg, eeg, ophthalmology, MS, etc.

0.75 3.25
Subspecialty clinics
0.75

Vacation (one 2 wk block, one 1 wk block, one wk over the winter holidays)
1 1 1

*Note: for 2013-14 PGY4 residents are on Calendar month rather than 4 week rotations

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

This page was last updated: September 26, 2013

         
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