One to two conferences are held daily throughout the year.
At this weekly case conference with the program director, residents present an interesting case they have encountered as an unknown. We practice diagnostic reasoning by beginning with the chief complaint, then moving to the history of present illness, etc developing tentative localization and etiologic diagnosis as information about the patient is presented. Once we have arrived at diagnosis, the resident presents the definitive studies and then reviews the topic. This conference is fun, interesting and takes advantage of our tremendous case mix. Breakfast provided.
At this bedside clinical teaching session, an active patient on one of the inpatient services is presented to an attending with expertise in the appropriate subspecialty. Residents observe the attending do a history and neurologic examination and participate in the discussion. This conference ensures that all residents benefit from seeing some of our most interesting cases.
Summer Emergency Management Series
This recurring series introduces new residents to basic elements of clinical neurology such as the neurologic history, examination, note-writing, safe handoffs and basic localization. It also covers the recognition and management of neurologic emergencies such as coma, status epilepticus, stroke, acute vision loss, neuromuscular emergencies and the like. July and August each year.
Daily Noon Conferences
Daily noon conferences follow an anatomic model and integrates instruction in basic science with clinical sciences. We begin in September with review of the cortical anatomy, stroke mechanisms, classic stroke syndromes, pathology and neuroradiology of stroke and brain cutting. From there we move to epilepsy, reviewing cortical organization, cortical layers, anatomy of the hippocampus, seizure mechanisms, introduction to EEG, neuropharmacology of epilepsy and anti-convulsants, etc. Then to the basal ganglia and movement disorders, brainstem and demyelinating disorders, to spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system. Each section will be followed by a Jeopardy to encourage study and reinforce content.
During the final portion of the year, selected topics such as Ethics and Professionalism, Business of Neurology, Patient Safety and Quality and Evidence-based Medicine will be delivered on a rotating basis. We will make liberal use of the American Academy's excellent bimonthly monograph, Continuum, to review important topics not covered by the regular curriculum.
Held October through June, Grand Rounds lectures are presented by faculty, residents and fellows and outside speakers on a wide range of current topics. Once a month departmental morbidity and mortality conferences are held.
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