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Program Highlights

The department and its faculty are strongly committed to providing a well-rounded comprehensive program of education that will prepare residents to be excellent clinical neurologists, caring physicians and interested scientists.  

The curriculum is comprised of a solid core of essential neurological topics endorsed by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry including neuroanatomy lectures given by Professor Susan B. Gagliardi who is multi-award winning  medical educator and recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award from AAMC, the Master Teaching Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators and the UMass Medical School Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.   

Neuropathology sessions are taught by senior neuropathologist Thomas Smith, MD. Brain cutting and clinic-pathological conferences are offered in addition to other sessions that aim to develop clinical skills in case based neurological assessment, localization and management like daily morning report and others that explore different topics of interest to the residents.  

We have a neurohumanities curriculum that includes talks by guest speakers who emphasize the humanistic practice of neurology and the intersection of the arts and neurology. We recognize the importance of global neurology and incorporate this into the curriculum live videoconferencing with international hospitals to discuss clinical cases.  

Unique highlights of the educational program include special journal clubs and symposium.  The vascular neurology journal club has been facilitated by Marc Fisher, MD, for more than 20 years and is a review of relevant clinical research articles with insightful critique provided by none other than Dr. Fisher himself, an acknowledged pioneer in the field of stroke research and the current editor-in-chief of the AHA journal, Stroke. We host symposiums and journal clubs utilizing translational papers of clinical relevance.

As one of the few universities in the U.S. with a combined neuro-psychiatry program, we are uniquely poised to hold a neuro-psychiatry conference on various interesting topics relevant to psychiatrists and neurologists alike and facilitated by the chief residents. 

The Departments of Neurology and Neurosciences have a neuroscience journal club where a translational paper of clinical relevance is presented from two different perspectives. First, the basic science aspects are presented and discussed by a post-doctoral researcher mentored by neuroscience professor staff. Then, the clinical aspects are presented by a neurology resident mentored by clinical neurology faculty. This unique journal club provides a venue for clinical neurologists and neuroscientists to come together and learn from each other about neurology and neuroscience and bridge the gap between the lab and the clinic. 

The department also hosts a regular neuroscience symposium, which provides a truly holistic review of a specific neurological disease typically with a patient speaking and describing the impact of the disease on their lives, a clinical researcher reviewing the latest relevant clinical or translational research and a basic scientist discussing the cutting-edge cellular research ongoing in that disease process. 

In addition to the highly successful global neurology track, the latest innovation to the curriculum is the development of a research track and an educator track which provides regular didactics, sessions, resources and individualized mentorship geared towards fostering future careers as clinician scientists and educators. 

Our curriculum and education program prepares our residents for independent practice and successful careers as neurologists.  This is evidenced by our 98 percent board pass rate over the last several years and it also forms a strong foundation for further subspecialty training. Our graduates have successfully placed in highly ranked prestigious fellowships in various subspecialties.