Essentials of Training


Overview

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurology emphasizes excellent clinical training.  This starts with careful attention to, and instruction in history taking and the neurological examination.  Plans are currently being made for the faculty to carefully observe and document resident histories, physical examinations and case analyses considerably in excess of those required to sit for the certification examination. This will emphasize the point that neurology first and foremost begins with the patient. 

The following is an overview description of what the resident might expect in the three years of dedicated neurological training.  Our training conforms to both the common and specialty specific program requirements for neurology.

PGY(1) Internal Medicine

The Department of Neurology Residency is a categorical four year program; the first year curriculum is comparable to the curriculum for first-year Internal Medicine residents.

PGY(2) First Year Neurology Training

The neurology curriculum schedule is divided into thirteen (13) blocks of 4 weeks each. Participants are PGY-2 neurology residents and first-year child neurology residents taking their year of adult neurology.
Detailed descriptions of required rotations can be found under the Core Rotations tab. Block schedules are provided under the appropriate tab.

PGY-2 neurology residents and first-year child neurology residents participate in a course entitled Intensive Introduction to Clinical Neurology or “boot camp” during the first month. Nearly all time is spent in the classroom; anatomy, localization, imaging, the neurological examination, and common and emergency topics in neurology are stressed. Call responsibilities are minimal.

Rotations:

Stroke: 2 blocks
Consult Service/VA/Ward Service: 4 blocks
Pediatric Neurology: 1 block
Night Float: 4-6 weeks
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit/EEG: 6 weeks
Neurooncology: 4 weeks
Elective: 6 weeks

PGY-3 neurology residents

Rotations:

Stroke/Ward Service/VA/Consult Service: 6 blocks
neurocritical care: 1 block
Pediatric Neurology: 1 block
Night Float: 6 weeks
Elective: 10 weeks (four of which should be EMG)

PGY-4 neurology residents

Rotations:

Stroke/Ward Service/VA/Consult Service: 4 blocks
Pediatric Neurology: 1 block
Psychiatry: 1 block
Night Float: 4 weeks
Elective: 18 weeks (four of which should be EMG)