Lectures and Conferences

Conference Details

The resident didactic sessions were completely revamped for the 2019-20 academic year. All major topics in neurology are covered in these conferences, including subspeciality “blocks” through the year, and longitudinal sessions throughout the year in neuro-radiology, neuro-pathology, anatomy and in other areas.

Neurology Basics: Every Thursday at noon, the PGY2 residents are provided with dedicated teaching on introductory topics in neurology. The focus is on the fundamentals, and the intent is to build a foundation on which more advanced knowledge can be built. Faculty lead these sessions, and the experience is capped with a review of a selection of board-style multiple choice questions.

Advanced Neurology Topics: Every Tuesday at noon, advanced topics are presented by faculty, and the intended audience are members of the PGY-3 and PGY-4 classes. These topics include advanced subspecialty topics and controversies in treatment. Again, each session is capped with a review of a selection of board-style multiple choice questions.

Morning Report: Each session focuses on a single clinical case, presented by a member of the consultation team. The focus is on clinical reasoning, and these sessions are led by senior clinicians in the department on a rotating schedule.

Walk Rounds: This session takes place in the hospital, and consists of a brief case discussion, with an emphasis on physical diagnosis, followed by a demonstration of elements of the neurological examination at the baseline. The objective of these sessions is to provide residents with a nuanced and comprehensive education in the neurological examination. These sessions are led by senior clinical neurologists.

Grand Rounds: Every Friday at 1 pm, the entire department meets for Grand Rounds, where world-renowned physicians and scientists present the latest advances in our field.

Clinical Grand Rounds: These sessions are presented by faculty members to the entire department. The focus is on rare cases, and cases in which there are diagnostic and treatment controversies. Actual patient cases are presented, and patients are often present to provide a first-hand perspective on the history and to demonstrate physical findings.

Morbidity & Mortality: The entire department participates in this. Residents present cases, and this is seen as a key mechanism to identify opportunities for quality improvement.

Neurophysiology: Residents have interactive conferences in neurophysiology at least twice a month throughout the year. Topics include basic and advanced EEG, continuous and quantitative EEG, nerve conduction studies, EMG, repetitive nerve stimulation, and evoked potentials. Residents are led by subspecialty faculty members and fellows, and are based on clinical cases.

Selected Topics: Other topics during noon conference include:

  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Chief Rounds: Case-based discussions led by residents and discussed with the service chiefs of each division.
  • Journal Club (resident led)
  • Fundamentals of teaching
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • RITE Review Sessions

Wellness Sessions: Once monthly, the junior classes (PGY2 and PGY3) meet individually with a facilitator for a discussion about the shared challenges of residency and patient care. The focus is on maintaining wellness and enhancing a sense of community and support.