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The clinical rotations provide a supervised, academic environment in which residents care for patients who have a wide range of neurological problems. Over the course of the three-year program, residents follow their own patients, not only during hospitalization on the neurology inpatient service, but also in the outpatient clinics over repeated visits. Residents also serve on the Stroke Service and as consultants to the medical and surgical services in the diagnosis and management of the neurological complications of systemic disease. Additional rotations, including neuroradiology, pediatric neurology, neuropathology and clinical neurophysiology, are an integral part of the curriculum. Advanced clinical training in subspecialty areas includes the care of patients with headache, dementia, movement disorders, epilepsy (including its surgical treatment), sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders. Supervised clinical electives in collaboration with neurosurgery and neuro-rehabilitation are also available.
Throughout their three years, residents participate in a structured and comprehensive educational program. Each summer and fall, faculty members lecture on 15-20 topics in emergency neurology (e.g. coma, status epilepticus, acute weakness, etc.). Mini-lecture series are scheduled throughout the year focusing on various topics such as NeuroLogic, Review of the Clinical Neurosciences, Neuroanatomy, and Journal Club. Review sessions covering a broad range of issues and semi-annual mock oral examinations enable residents to prepare for neurology board examinations.
"The Neurology Residency at UMass equips one for life with skills that allow for successful practice of neurology in both academic and private setting. You will leave UMass a better person, not only professionally but also on a personal level."
Maciej Mrugala, MD, PhD, MPH