Those applicants who match in our Adult Neurology program are guaranteed an Internal Medicine internship at University of Colorado. Rotations are at UCH, DHMC, and the VAMC during intern year and include inpatient general medicine wards, medical ICU, cardiology, ambulatory medicine, and emergency room. All Neurology interns have 2 months of Neurology rotations with time spent at both UCH and VAMC (with no call).
More information about our Internal Medicine program and schedule can be found here.
Neurology Schedule Format: We are on a 13 four-week block schedule
PGY-2 Sample Schedule
PGY-3 Sample Schedule
PGY-4 Sample Schedule
Medical Educator's Elective
Procedural (LPs, Botox injections, etc...)
Traumatic Brain Injury - Marcus Institute for Brain Health
Other approved electives can be designed by the resident with Program Director approval.
3 weeks a year plus one week of educational leave
Neurologic expertise is obtained both through clinic work as well as dedicated and protected educational time to help build one’s knowledge base. Our program has many recurring educational conferences that provide residents multiple ways to participate in interactive learning sessions. More information about conference details can be found here.
The core conference time for residents is a 3 hour weekly session that occurs every Wednesday afternoon on the Anschutz Medical Campus that are broadcast to all clinical sites and are recorded for later viewing for those who cannot attend. The didactic curriculum is divided into specific blocks that allow an in-depth exploration over the course of several weeks into specific specialties and topics.
The didactic curriculum is based upon a three-tiered approach to resident learning. Clinical topics, as below, are supplemented with basics of neuroscience such as neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, and neuropathophysiology. The third tier includes “professional development” with a wide range of topics including QI methodology, billing and coding, developing leadership skills, and the “business” of neurology including negotiating contracts and running a private practice.
Our didactic blocks include, but are not limited to:
Example didactic block schedule:
|1-2 PM||Stroke Anatomy and Stroke Syndromes||Pollard|
|2-3 PM||Neuro-imaging of acute stroke||Hartman|
|3-4 PM||Ischemic stroke: epidemiology and risk factors||Jones|
|4-5 PM||Common Causes: small vessel and large artery||Poisson|
|1-2 PM||Strategic Planning Meeting||Ney/West/Omran/Pratt|
|2-3 PM||Common Causes: cardioembolic and ESUS||Orjuela|
|3-4 PM||Uncommon causes of stroke||Malenky/Orjuela|
|4-5 PM||Secondary stroke prevention||Omran|
|1-2 PM||Stroke in children and young adults||Barry|
|2-3 PM||Intracranial hemorrhage||Case|
|3-4 PM||Subarachnoid hemorrhage||Morel/Omran|
|4-5 PM||Business of Medicine Part 2||Pope|
We strongly believe in our obligation to prepare residents for their future careers and to provide a well-rounded experience so that residents are prepared for future practice, no matter what direction they take.
Medical education is at the core of the residency program. Residents have numerous opportunities to formally and informally participate in teaching of medical students and fellow residents as well as on a departmental level. Additionally, opportunities exist to be evaluated and receive formal feedback of effectiveness of teaching. Interested residents can participate in formal residency and medical student education meetings and directly influence the future curriculum.
The Academy of Medical Educators provides rich opportunities and resources to hone teaching skills. Through the University of Colorado Academy of Medical Educators, residents can participate in an extremely popular one month teaching elective: Residents and Fellows as Medical Educators elective.
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
The Department of Neurology has a robust program focused on quality improvement in all aspects of the department (including teaching). Working with our department based clinical QI leadership team, all residents participate in at least one QI project during their residency, although many participate in several projects! As part of the didactic curriculum, residents also learn QI methodology such as performing root cause analyses. Residents will also participate in quarterly case care conferences given in place of Grand Rounds.
Research opportunities are abundant in the Department of Neurology and include everything from basic neuroscience, clinical, educational and quality improvement research. Residents learn fundamentals of research methodologies and design through their didactic curriculum and journal club experiences. From there, the sky is the limit! Residents are encouraged to explore their research interests early and develop projects with their mentors. Presentations at national meetings and publications are widely encouraged. All residents will complete at least one research project during their residency and will present at least one poster and one platform presentation at the annual Neurology Department Research Retreat
Every resident at the University of Colorado is assigned a faculty mentor beginning in their PGY-1 year. Mentors and mentees are required to meet several times a year and explore personal and professional goals. Recognizing that no one is able to successfully achieve their goals with a single mentor, faculty mentors recognize the importance of “pulling in” other mentors to help develop research and sub-specialty interests. Additionally, every 6 months each resident meets with the Program Director or Associate Program Director to discuss progress throughout residency, career interests and goals.