Neurology Residency Overview

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 The UMMS Neurology Residency program offers six Neurology positions at each of the PGY-2 through PGY-4 levels. Preliminary PGY-1 Internal Medicine positions are available for those applying for Neurology at UMass Memorial Medical Center. During the 36-month program of the Neurology residency, 21 months are devoted to clinical neurology through rotations on the inpatient neurology, vascular neurology, consultation and ambulatory services. The remaining 15 months are allotted to related disciplines and electives. We also offer one Combined Neurology and Psychiatry residency position each year.

The education and nurturing of our residents’ professional growth and maturation is central to our department’s mission. Our focus is on supporting each resident’s individual educational needs and the achievement of their individual goals. 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 on the neurology inpatient service, but also during follow-up visits in the outpatient clinics. Residents are integral to the Stroke Service and are consultants to the medical and surgical services in the diagnosis and management of the neurological complications of systemic disease.

 Additional rotations in 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, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders. Supervised clinical electives in collaboration with neurosurgery and neuro-rehabilitation are also available.

 Residents and faculty have developed a 10-month core didactic curriculum encompassing major neurological topics based on the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (ABPN) recommendations. Didactics are scheduled throughout the week. Morning reports are conducted 3-4 times a week with faculty facilitators to discuss complex cases from the inpatient services. Additionally, there are topics pertaining to global health that are shared via videoconference with sites in India and Mexico. Neuropsychiatry and neurovascular journal clubs and journal clubs with an emphasis on translational science (basic science and clinical counterparts) are regular occurrences.


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