Program Overview - Neurology Residency
The Neurology Residency Training Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program is an advanced program (starts at PGY-2 year), with an option for a linked PGY-1 year at the same hospital. For more information about the application process and PGY-1 year requirements, please see the Application Process page. The program recently expanded to accept 7 residents per class.
Our aim is to produce neurologists with a broad knowledge base that will allow them to provide excellent care to patients and to be successful in any of the multiple different career types available in neurology. To accomplish this, we strive to provide our trainees with exposure to and training in the entire spectrum of neurologic disorders and to provide a depth of knowledge within disorders that encompasses the pathophysiology of neurologic disease processes through diagnosis and state of the art treatment options. With the rapid pace of medical advancements, it is more important than ever to instill our trainees with the habits of lifelong learning so that they will continue to be excellent neurologists throughout their careers.
In addition to the broad clinical training, there are numerous opportunities for elective and subspecialty experiences to develop expertise in clinical and neuroscience research.
We recognize that many aspects of neurology practice occur only in the outpatient setting and we strive to make sure that the resident's outpatient experience is rich and varied so they will gain expertise in these areas. Outpatient experiences include:
- Resident continuity clinic: Throughout the three years of neurology residency training, the residents follow patients in their continuity clinic in the department's Neurology Care Center. Resident clinics occur in the same clinic as faculty see patients, with the same level of nursing and administrative support. Clinics are staffed by neurology clinical faculty and residents are provided with increasing autonomy in patient management decisions as they progress through their training. There is no continuity clinic during inpatient service rotations. To allow residents focused exposure to outpatient neurology there are 1-week clinic rotations throughout the year in which residents will have 5 continuity clinic sessions, 3 faculty subspecialty clinic sessions, and administrative time. Continuity clinics will also occur once per week during off-service rotations.
- University of Maryland Neurology subspecialty clinics: Residents rotate through the faculty subspecialty clinics to gain exposure to the unique patient populations that are referred to our specialists from across the region. The experience is tailored to each resident's interest and can include time with specialists in movement disorders, multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, epilepsy, stroke, neuromuscular disorders, headache, sleep, pain, neuro-oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, and others.
- VA Medical Center clinics: All of the neurology specialty divisions also operate outpatient clinics at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, allowing our residents to gain additional exposure to these diagnoses in multiple patient populations.
Residents participate in state-of-the-art neurology inpatient care.
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Residents rotate through the three main neurology services providing neurologic care to inpatients at UMMC:
- The Louis R. Caplan Stroke neurology service
- The William J. Weiner Clinical Neurology Service (CNS)
- The neurology inpatient consultation service
- The UMMC neurology services admit patients who arrive through the Emergency Department, consult on patients with neurological problems who have been admitted to other UMMC inpatient services, and accept patients in transfer from multiple community hospitals who require a higher level of care or expertise offered by our specialists.
- Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit: The UMMC Neuro ICU has 22 beds staffed by two ICU teams. Each ICU team is led by a neurointensivist attending physician and neurology residents receive invaluable experience caring for complex neurology patients under the guidance of experts in the field.
- VA Medical Center neurology consultation service: Patients with neurologic diagnoses who present to the VA medical center are admitted to the internal medicine services. PGY-3 neurology residents rotating at the VA gain valuable experience leading a consultation service and teaching medical students under the guidance of an attending neurologist from the University of Maryland neurology department.
Residents rotate through multiple neurologic and related specialties during their training, including:
- Neuromuscular diseases/EMG: Patients referred to the neuromuscular specialty clinic are evaluated in the outpatient center and EMG/NCS studies are observed and performed.
- Epilepsy/EEG: Residents spend time with the epilepsy team in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Continuous EEG recordings from the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and throughout the hospital, as well as outpatient EEGs are reviewed with the epilepsy fellows and attendings. Residents gain in-depth exposure to EEG analysis and management of patients with epilepsy and related disorders.
- Pediatric Neurology: Residents rotate for one month on the inpatient pediatric neurology consultation service at the University of Maryland Medical Center and for two months in the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurology subspecialty clinics. These experiences combine to provide a broad exposure to all types of pediatric neurology patients, including some diagnoses rarely encountered in many practices, under the guidance of experts in the field.
- Rehabilitation Neurology: UMMC neurology residents rotate through the neuroscience units at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedics Institute, including units specializing in rehabilitation for patients with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. They work with the neurorehabilitation team (University of Maryland attending physicians specializing in neurologic rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work) to provide the highest level of multidisciplinary rehabilitation care.
- Psychiatry: Neurology residents rotate through the University of Maryland Psychiatry consultation service to gain a better understanding of the diagnosis and management of psychiatric diagnoses and comorbidities.
- Elective Time: Neurology residents may use their elective time for additional exposure in any of area of neurology or neuroscience including further subspecialty clinical rotations, or pursuit of scholarly activities.
The University of Maryland neurology program has adopted a Night Float system for overnight coverage of the inpatient services. As the UMMC and VA medical center are connected by an indoor bridge, the same neurology resident is on-call for both institutions. Residents do one month of Night Float during their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, in two-week blocks.
The PGY-4 residents on the Stroke and General services alternate days being on call from home to provide advice and assistance to the junior resident on-call in-house. There is also a system for back-up, where a resident on a non-service rotation is available to come in and support the call resident should the volume of work prove too much for one person. Our residency fosters an atmosphere of camaraderie and teamwork, whereby each individual takes great pride in efficiently and appropriately treating the patients under their care, while also providing support to each other when needed.
Block Rotation Schedule
Schedule is based on thirteen 4-week blocks per year.
Inpatient Neurology Rotations
|UMMC CNS (General Neurology Inpatient)||2|
|UMMC Neurology Consults||2||2|
Outpatient and Specialty Rotations
|VA Neurophysiology (EMG+EEG)||1|
|JHH Pediatrics clinic||2|
|VA Subspecialty Clinics||1||1||1|
|Elective in Subspecialty clinics||1.5||0.5|
|Vacation (2 week block, two one-week blocks)||1||1||1|
Advising and Mentorship
All residents are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their PGY-2 year. They meet with their advisor at least twice a year throughout the 3 years of residency to discuss: career goals, scholarly activity, any other questions or concerns. As residents get to know more attendings and identify areas of clinical and research interest, the advising/mentoring team will expand. All residents also meet with the Program Director individually twice a year to discuss their progress and any concerns. Residents find that the faculty are always happy to provide guidance on scholarly projects and career counseling, or any other areas of interest to residents.
Senior residents are another excellent source of guidance. Our neurology residents have varied interests and career plans, this creates a dynamic environment where residents learn from each other to build on everyone's prior experience and expertise.