The Neurology Residency Training Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is designed to provide comprehensive training in neurology. The hospitals incorporated into the program offer broad clinical training experiences in acute, referral, consultative, ambulatory, and rehabilitation neurology. Although the structured portions of the training program focus on the development of clinical skills, there are numerous opportunities for elective and subspecialty experiences to develop expertise in clinical and neuroscience research.
The Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland Medical System strives to give state-of-the-art training in neurology by providing exposure to a broad range of patients, utilizing the latest diagnostic techniques and advanced treatments. Instruction is predominantly by full-time faculty members. The goal of training is to produce residents whose excellence in clinical neurology is complemented by an understanding and appreciation of the neurosciences.
Six or seven PGY-2 residents are accepted each year into the Neurology Residency Training Program (PGY-2 to PGY-4). For the 2013 match, applicants should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS; www.aamc.org) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP; www.nrmp.org). To be eligible, candidates must graduate from an approved American or Canadian medical school or obtain ECFMG certification. To be considered for an interview with our program we require clinical experience in the United States sufficient to insure that the applicant is competitive for a PGY-1 position in an ACGME-accredited program.The Neurology Resident Training Program is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Prior to beginning training in neurology, a PGY-1 year with at least eight months of internal medicine is required at an ACGME-accredited institution in the United States. We offer 6 or 7 PGY-1 positions at the University of Maryland Medical Center in conjunction with the Department of Medicine for training in internal medicine. These positions are reserved for candidates who have successfully matched for PGY-2 University of Maryland neurology residency positions and are filled through the National Resident Matching Program. The residency training in internal medicine is highly regarded for its broad educational curriculum and supportive environment. PGY-1 residents are given 2 months of electives, and hence can choose from a variety of rotations in internal medicine or other areas, such as radiology, neurology, pathology, sports medicine, and rheumatology. To gain further exposure to neurological conditions, PGY-1 residents may choose to participate in a neurology continuity clinic. Please read about the internal medicine program at www.umm.edu/imres. If you wish to apply for the PGY-1 internal medicine year at the University of Maryland, please submit an ERAS application for the Med-Prelim/Neurology Program number 1252140P1. You will only need to interview with the neurology residency program; no interview is required for your internal medicine application.
Throughout the three years of neurology residency training the residents follow patients in their continuity clinic in the Department's ambulatory center. Additional exposure to the management of neurological out-patients is provided by participation in the VA Medical Center’s subspecialty outpatient clinics. Rotations through the Department's specialty clinics are also available.
In-hospital night call averages every sixth night during the PGY-2 year and twice monthly in the PGY-3 year. PGY-4 residents periodically are on home call and are available to help the junior residents who are in-house.
A full program of weekly conferences is scheduled to complement the traditional patient-oriented bedside teaching. Grand Rounds are given in the form of formal lectures on a variety of current topics in Neurology and allied specialties. National and local speakers are invited to give lectures on their specific expertise. This lecture is followed by a clinical case conference presented and discussed by residents.
Lunch time educational conferences are held nearly every day of the week. The conferences cover a variety of topics including multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular disease, neuro-oncology, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, neuro-ophthamology, and neuro-degenerative disorders. The conferences are given by specialists in the field. There is also a summer series of emergency neurology lectures addressing management of status epilepticus, brain edema and hernation, stroke, spinal cord injury, etc. Other conferences are dedicated to the related fields of neuroimaging and psychiatry. Chairman’s rounds are conducted weekly.
There are many local and national educational conference opportunities. The residents are significantly involved in teaching neurology to the medical students during their one-month long rotation in neurology. This is very rewarding and also further reinforces resident learning.
Mentorship programs are in place to guide residents in their career paths. Residents are expected to participate in research projects in collaboration with faculty preceptors.
Neurology residents are prepared for the Neurology Board examinations by a comprehensive weekly didactic teaching course, in-service exams, and ABPN-mandated clinical examinations administered by faculty. By the conclusion of their three year residency, our graduates are well prepared for the future and have been highly successful in competing for prestigious positions as fellows, researchers and clinical neurologists. We take great pride in our Neurology Residency Program and its graduates, and we welcome inquiries.
During the first year of neurology training, residents rotate through the inpatient stroke and general neurology services (5 months) at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Neurocritical care unit (1 month), pediatric neurology (1 month), psychiatry (1 month), subspecialty clinics (1 month), VA Medical Center clinics (1 month), and neurorehabilitation at Kernan Hospital (1.5 months). These clinical experience provide residents with the opportunity to work as part of a team which also includes an attending physician, a senior neurology resident, rotating house staff and medical students. During the PGY 2 year, there is also four weeks of vacation time.
Second year residents have rotations on the general neurology service (2 months) of the University of Maryland Medical Center, in the Neurocritical care Unit (1 month), at the VA Medical Center (4 months), and on the epilepsy (1 month), neuromuscular (1 month), and neuro-oncology and neuropathologys services (1 month). An additional elective month is also offered. Four weeks of vacation time are also available.
In the third year, residents serve as the senior resident on the University of Maryland Medical Center inpatient stroke and general neurology services (5 months) and two months on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Neurology service. When on Pediatric Neurology, the residents provide supervised consultations to the pediatric services, attend all pediatric neurology clinics, and help direct the pediatric residents in the management of pediatric neurology patients. The remainder of time (5 months) is spent in electives and four weeks of vacation.