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Comprehensive Educational Experience

Resesarch Track Home.jpgThe 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 a multi-awarded 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 that emphasize the humanistic practice of neurology and the intersection of the arts and neurology. Anindita Deb, MD, leads the global neurology program, which is incorporated into the curriculum and includes live videoconferencing with remote hospitals to discuss clinical cases.

Other Highlights

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.

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 Journal club on various interesting topics relevant to psychiatrists and neurologists alike and facilitated by the chief residents and Sheldon Benjamin, MD, who is an acknowledged authority in neuro-psychiatric disease and a gifted educator who has received numerous awards including psychiatric educator of the year, the Lamar Soutter Lifetime Achievement award in Education, and the UMass Medical School Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Lastly, 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.