A rich variety of conferences are available to residents at Yale University School of Medicine. Neurology residents attend Clinical Neuroscience Grand Rounds, YNHH morning report, a bi-weekly lunchtime core didactic series, bi-weekly VA conferences, bi-monthly Neuropathology conferences and weekly neuroradiology conference.
Core Didactic Series
Throughout the year, all neurology residents meet for noon conference on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This conference is designed to provide broad coverage of all aspects of neurology and basic neuroscience that a resident should be expected to be familiar with during their training. The schedule is arranged to cover the most common neurological problems and basic sciences relevant to neurology. In July and August these lectures are geared towards the new PGY-2 residents and topics mainly address acute and emergent neurology. In January and February the conferences are given by faculty to review and prepare the residents for the RITE (Residency In-Training Exam) given in February or March. Core lectures are given in the fall and spring according to a block system. All lectures are given by Yale neurology faculty, as well as faculty from other departments such as radiology and neuropathology. The lectures are video-conferenced to the VA hospital. Lunch is provided.
The neurology resident experience at the West Haven VA is supplemented by a weekly Monday conference that is designed to supplement and strengthen the outpatient neurology specialty experience and the unique aspects of practicing neurology at the VA.
Conferences occur on the first four Mondays of each month. On the first Monday, neuropsychological testing of specific cases are reviewed. On the second Monday, a faculty member will cover a topic in their given neurology subspecialty, which includes epilepsy, sleep, stroke, headache, neurobehavioral, and neuromuscular neurology. On the third Monday, neuroradiology cases are reviewed. On the fourth Monday, a general neurology case is presented to and discussed by a faculty neurologist.
Every Wednesday at noon there are board review, neuroanatomy review and other specialty-specific lectures at the VA. This is a year long series of lectures that cover the most pertinent basic science and clinical aspects needed for the neurology boards. Each PGY-3 resident is assigned a lecture throughout the year and are expected to review multiple choice questions similar to those seen on the neurology board exam. Residents are expected to read appropriate resources prior to the lectures and come prepared to answer the questions. Attendings are present to foster discussion and learning opportunities during the review session. The lectures are video-conferences to Yale. Lunch is provided.
Each Friday at noon, neurology residents at the VA meet for ambulatory conference, which can include specialty-specific topics, VA M&M conference, and other discussions. The lectures are video-conferences to Yale. Lunch is provided.
Morbidity & Mortality Conference
M&M conference meets twice a month at Noon. At these sessions, senior residents (PGY-4 and PGY-3) present demographics, statistics, morbidities and mortalities that occurred during their half-month block as Yale Inpatient Senior and Yale Stroke Senior. Cases are openly discussed and emphasis is given on possible avenues of care where adverse reactions could have been avoided and potential change in future management of similar cases. Quality improvement projects and aspects of QI are discussed at each conference. The conferences are multi-disciplinary with representation of medical and surgical specialties that were involved in management of the case.
1-2 times per month on Friday at 3:30, faculty and residents from interventional neuroradiology, neurosurgery, and neurology meet to discuss cases and their neuroimaging. This is a unique opportunity to get expert opinions on difficult cases, and to get comfortable with the more challenging aspects of CT scans, MRIs, and angiograms. Once a month this conference is held on Tuesday at noon to accommodate a larger multi-disciplinary team.
There are many other conferences, lectures and meetings held at Yale every day. It would not be possible for anyone to attend all of them. However, residents can choose to go to any of them, time permitting, that are of particular interest or that are important for their career goals.