Training in research methods and experience doing research are important aspects of Neurology resident education. At Upstate Neurology, all residents are required to complete a scholarly project.
During the first year each resident selects a mentor with expertise in the trainee’s area of interest. The recommended timeline for the project is:
- R1 Choose research project and perform literature review
- R2 Collect data
- R3 Present abstract and write paper
Annual research updates take place in June at the end of each academic year, where each resident is assigned 30 minutes to give an update on the status of their project. Faculty members with expertise in study design offer “Study Design Consultation” at critical points in project development.
Examples of research projects include the following:
- Clinical research
- Basic and translational science
- Outcomes and health care utilization research
- Medical education research
- Clinical case presentation with review of the literature
The department strongly encourages resident research presentations at national and regional conferences. Many residents submit abstracts to the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association and several neurology subspecialty meetings. All residents receive a yearly educational stipend that can be used for conference travel provided to those with accepted first author presentations. Residents presenting as first author can receive up to $1500/year of funding for conference attendance.
Residents attend monthly Journal Clubs. Each session focuses on an important recent paper. At least two faculty members moderate, one a subspecialty content expert and one to assist with study design critique and interpretation.
Monthly Research Meetings
Beginning in July 2019, faculty members with expertise in epidemiology and clinical trials will hold monthly research conferences covering topics such as trial design, navigating the IRB, “Slicer-Dicer” and “Redcap”, etc.
AAN Evidence-based Medicine
This course was developed by experts at the AAN to educate neurology residents on EBM. Ten modules with pre and post tests are delivered every 3 years by faculty with expertise in research.
Other scholarly activity
Residents are strongly encouraged to write up interesting patients as case reports or case series. This activity allows the resident to review a subject and learn how to evaluate the clinical literature. It helps writing skills under faculty guidance.
All residents participate in M & M conferences. Residents select a quality improvement project and work in teams. These projects are presented in October during Neuroscience Grand Rounds. Updates and/or status of the project is presented at the end of the year in June.
Our residents are extremely productive, presenting at national and international meetings, etc. Below are selected examples of our residents' scholarly work:
Pervez M, Jubelt B. Platform "Refractory Status Epilepticus (RES) in Powassan Virus (POWV) Encephalitis" American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting, Washington, DC, April, 2015
El Zammar Z, Sangha R, Latorre JG, Patel K, Sood A, Platform "Endovascular Therapy For Acute Ischemic Stroke and The Role of Intra-Arterial Vasodilators." European Stroke Conference, London, England May, 2013
Mao Y, Zidan A, Afzal U, Cherukuri R, Qadeer U, Bradshaw, D. “Stroke Code Simulation Lab; Save Time Save Brain!” AAN Vancouver BC, Canada April 2016 and 2016 Patient Safety Quality Award Resident Recipients
Wee CD, Chandak R, Schmidt E, Latorre JG. “A Fatal Case of Mistaken Identity: Brugada Syndrome Masquerading as Seizure Disorder” NCS Annual Meeting, October 2017
Nair V, Ramdani W, Schmidt E, Latorre JG. “Mechanical Thrombectomy With Concomitant In-situ RTPA infusion And Systemic Anti-coagulation In A Case Of Refractory Intracranial Hypertension Secondary To Extensive Cerebral Venous Thromboses” ANA Annual Meeting October, 2017
Puneet Kapur, Aashrai Gudlavalleti, Luis Mejico, “Steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with Autoimmune Thyroiditis (SREAT) Early diagnosis leads to an excellent outcome” AES Annual Meeting December 4-5, 2017
Gudlavalleti A, Anwer S, Schleier J, Onyan J, Vallelunga M, Chandak R, Latorre J “Demographics and Outcomes Between Telestroke and Routine Hospital Transfers in Acute Ischemic Stroke” AAN Annual Meeting – Los Angeles, CA April, 2018
Hussaini S, Elwan S, Singh G, Simionescu L, Beach R “Multiple antibody positive autoimmune encephalomyelitis; Role of immunosuppression in relapsing disease” AAN Annual Meeting – Los Angeles, CA April, 2018
Culebras A, Anwer S, Sleep Apnea Is a Risk Factor for Stroke and Vascular Dementia, Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2018 Jun 25;18(8):53. doi: 10.1007/s11910-018-0855-1.
Vallabhaneni D, Naveed MA, Mangla R, Zidan A, Mehta RI, Perfusion Imaging in Autoimmune Encephalitis, Case Rep Radiol. 2018 May 6;2018:3538645. doi: 10.1155/2018/3538645. eCollection 2018.
Shah SS, Gersey ZC, Nuh M, Ghonim HT, Elhammady MS, Peterson EC, Microsurgical versus endovascular interventions for blood-blister aneurysms of the internal carotid artery: systematic review of literature and meta-analysis on safety and efficacy. J Neurosurg. 2017 Dec;127(6):1361-1373. doi: 10.3171/2016.9.JNS161526. Epub 2017 Feb 17
Shah SP, Pitroda P, Patel K, Chandak R, Ford T, Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia Secondary to Subarachnoid Haemorrhage: A Rare Occurrence in the Setting of Normal QTc. Cardiol Res. 2017 Oct;8(5):232-235. doi: 10.14740/cr574w. Epub 2017 Oct 27
Alshiekh-Nasany R, Zidan A, Martinez C, Extensive intracranial arterial stenoses in conjunction with the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitor Nilotinib. Clin Case Rep. 2016 Nov 9;4(12):1184-1186. eCollection 2016 Dec.
Sharma S, Culebras A, Sleep Apnea and Stroke, Stroke Vasc Neurol. 2016 Dec 19;1(4):185-191. doi: 10.1136/svn-2016-000038. eCollection 2016 Dec.
Fermin AM, Afzal U, Culebras A, Sleep in Neuromuscular Diseases, Sleep Med Clin. 2016 Mar;11(1):53-64. doi: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2015.10.005. Epub 2016 Jan 9.
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