The Department of Neurology provides inpatient and consultation services for the 648-bed University of Maryland Medical Center. The Department enjoys physical facilities that are comparable to the best in the United States.
Neurology services are located in the Gudelsky Tower of the University of Maryland Medical Center, which opened in 1994, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center which opened in 1995, and in the William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center at Kernan Hospital which opened in 1996.
The UMMC inpatient neurology and neurosurgery services are centered on the in the Gudelsky Tower. There is a 12 bed Intermediate Care Unit (including a four bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, which will be expanded) on the fourth floor. On the seventh floor there is a state-of-the-art 22 bed NeuroICU. Patients not in need of intensive care services are housed on the 5th floor, where there are also IMC beds. There are also 12 neuro-trauma ICU beds and 12 neuro-trauma IMC beds in the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; a major expansion and renovation process will increase the neuro-trauma ICU beds to 24 in the near future.
A very active consultation service complements the inpatient Neurology Service at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The emergency department provides frequent exposure for the resident to the diagnosis and management of acute neurological problems. The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, an internationally renowned regional center and a component of the University of Maryland Medical System, treats a large number of patients with nervous system trauma, and is a source of numerous consultations. The Greenebaum Cancer Center is another regional referral center, as is the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. The Department of Neurology enjoys a particularly close working relationship with the Departments of Neurosurgery and Radiology.
The Department of Neurology maintains an active service at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center, a 324-bed hospital linked by an enclosed bridge to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Fully integrated with the academic programs of the University of Maryland, the Neurology Service at the VAMC provides consultations to other hospital services that also are served by University of Maryland faculty and house staff. The Neurology Service offers a wide array of out-patient subspecialty clinics. The facility is a major referral center within the VA medical system; our Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy Centers of Excellence attract patients from throughout the region.
The William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center at Kernan Hospital, a component of the University of Maryland Medical System, provides intensive, multidisciplinary inpatient rehabilitation for adult patients with brain or spinal cord injury, stroke, and other neurological disorders. Various units specialize in multidisciplinary health care for rehabilitation of the neurologically impaired patient. Residents have the opportunity to work with the neurorehabilitation team/ (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work) to provide the highest level of continuing care.
A large, attractive ambulatory center supports the private faculty practice, as well as a variety of subspecialty programs and the resident continuity clinics to enhance both patient care and teaching. Residents have their continuity clinics in the ambulatory center and participate fully in faculty subspecialty clinics. The Baltimore VA Hospital clinics also provide an outpatient experience for the residents. Residents are always supervised by attendings with academic or community practice backgrounds.
A major upgrading of the system-wide informatics infrastructure is in progress which will provide a state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Record system. “EPIC” is currently used in the ambulatory center and PowerChart is used in the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Medical Center will be migrating to “EPIC” in the future.