Rotation Schedule by Year
At least one year of training in an ACGME approved PGY-1 internship year is required before entering the Yale Neurology Residency Program. Two PGY-1 programs are available in the Department of Medicine at Yale. Although many residents do the PGY-1 year in a Yale program, training also may be done at any other ACGME approved institution/program.
The first year of neurology training is designed to provide an intensive clinical experience in a structured teaching setting. In parallel with direct care on the inpatient Neurology Services, PGY-2 residents are assigned to outpatient clinics where they receive one-on-one supervision. The primary goal of the PGY-2 year is for the resident to achieve a high degree of competence in the clinical assessment, evaluation, and treatment of patients with neurological disease.
The second year of neurology training is directed toward focused training in key areas of neurology. Three months of pediatric neurology are required during all adult neurology residency programs, providing in-depth exposure to this population of patient. A three month block of elective time allows the residents to tailor their training with either specialized clinical or research rotations. Many residents divide time between neuropathology and neuroradiology, or pursue basic science or clinical research projects.
The PGY-4 year of neurology residency training is one of advanced clinical responsibility and in-depth study in elective areas of interest. Each resident rotates through the Consult Service at Yale-New Haven Hospital. During this year, the resident also spends time directing the inpatient Neurology Services at Yale and the West Haven VA Medical Center as Senior Ward Resident. This training in a supervisory role provides a useful transition to clinical practice, fellowship, or academic neuroscience. Three blocks during the year are available for electives.