The Department of Neurology is devoted to providing a well-rounded and complete resident education. Daily, weekly, and monthly recurring education conferences and opportunities are abundant and provide residents with the opportunity to participate in didactic and interactive learning sessions.
The major conference time for residents is a 3-hour weekly session that occurs each Wednesday afternoon on the Anschutz Medical Campus and is streamed virtually to all affiliated hospitals. The idea of concentrated weekly conferences was brought forth and developed by the residents several years ago and allows residents to have defined and protected education time each week, independent of what rotation they are on. The format has continued to grow and develop into a curriculum-based conference with clinical and integrated basic science didactics, neuroanatomy and localization reviews, neuropathology, interactive case presentations, and resident-run sessions including Residency Inservice Training Exam (RITE) reviews. More information about the Didactic Curriculum can be found here.
While the faculty in the Department of Neurology are responsible for many topics, other affiliated disciplines regularly participate, including neuropathology, neuroradiology, rehabilitation medicine, pediatric neurology, neurosurgery, neuropharmacology and the interdepartmental neuroscience program.
NEUROLOGY GRAND ROUNDS
Every Wednesday we hold our Neurology Grand Rounds for the entire department. The lectures series is held on the Anschutz Medical Campus over the lunch hour and is broadcast to all affiliated sites for all residents and faculty to attend. Lectures material runs the gamut and topics include clinical, basic neuroscience, research, quality improvement, education and professionalism. Speakers include not only University of Colorado faculty, but multiple nationally renowned visiting professors throughout the year.
Further information about Grand Rounds topics can be found here.
Departmental Professor’s Rounds occur every Friday. During each session, a resident formally presents an interesting or unique case to fellow residents, fellows and attendings. Residents lead the discussion among the group to localize the problem, develop a differential diagnosis and proposed work-up. Each resident works with a faculty mentor to prepare the case as well as interesting teaching points and multiple attendings regularly attend and help facilitate the discussion and provide their expert opinion.
VASCULAR NEUROLOGY/STROKE ROUNDS
Every month the inpatient vascular neurology service including attendings, fellows, and APPs attend an interdisciplinary meeting with neurology residents, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, and neurosurgery teams to review interesting and complex stroke cases.
WEEKLY LUNCH REPORT CASE CONFERENCES
At University Hospital, twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday, residents meet with attendings, including sub-specialty outpatient attendings, to informally discuss an interesting or clinically challenging case on service over lunch. These relaxed sessions give residents a chance to develop critical thinking by working through patient cases from start to finish from a new perspective, and sometimes even help lead to an elusive diagnosis!
Our faculty and residents come together in a social setting once a month to discuss interesting and important scientific literature. Here we combine research methodology and concepts and stress the importance of critical evaluation of the literature. Sessions are led each month by a resident and sub-specialty attending.
SUMMARY OF EDUCATION CONFERENCES: