One of the goals of our residency program is not only to create leaders in neurology, but also to develop good teachers to educate future generations of doctors. Yale neurology residents play an integral role in the curriculum of the medical school, and are involved in teaching activities in a variety of settings.
One of the most important responsibilities the residents have, apart from taking care of neurology patients, is to teach the 3rd and 4th year medical students clinical neurology during their clerkships. The junior residents directly supervise the students, helping them to be familiar with the diagnosis and management of neurologic disorders, and guiding them through daily hospital work such as presenting on rounds and progress notes. In general, there is one student per every resident.
Each year, many of the residents are involved in weekly classes teaching the 1st year medical students neuroanatomy through clinical cases. The format is a small group session where real cases are presented and the neuroanatomical basis for the described symptoms are discussed. Each resident is paired with a senior neurology faculty, which has proven to be a popular combination among the students.
"Top 10" Chief Complaints
During the Medical Approach to the Patient unit of the clinical clerkship (Neurology/Medicine), residents (usually PGY-3 or PGY-4 residents) independently run 1-hour sessions with a group of medical students to work through cases based on common symptoms. Many of these cases were developed by Yale Neurology Residents, and this is a popular part of the clerkship curriculum.
Ambulatory VA Conference
Every Wednesday, the VA residents meet for ambulatory conference where PGY2s and PGY3s present and discuss a particular topic. On average, each resident presents 2-3 times per year.
Neurology is a unique specialty with which most other specialties have little experience. For that reason, we strongly encourage residents to teach other housestaff the diagnosis and management of basic neurologic disorders. Residents in our program have lectured in conferences of both ED and Internal Medicine for this purpose.
Physical Examination Skills Teaching
Residents have participated in teaching of physical examination technique teaching for first-year medical students. One of the most popular sessions is a lecture on the examination of a comatose patient, followed by breakout sessions in which neurology faculty and residents teach students examination skills.
Residents frequently supervise students at the Yale Center for Medical Simulation. Residents co-teach with faculty members, and this is a unique opportunity to learn about the role of simulation in teaching of clinical skills.
For residents with an interest in developing a primary academic career as an educator, our program offers a Clinician-Educator Track, which includes more in-depth teaching, learning theory, seminars and journal clubs, and a scholarly project. For more information about this track, please click here.