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Vanderbilt Department of Neurology

Didactics

All residents are encouraged to attend conferences throughout the year. The wide variety of conferences, lectures, and seminars covers a range of topics in both basic and clinical neuroscience and provides opportunity to interact formally and informally with faculty, fellows, and senior residents.

 1. Grand rounds: Neurology Grand Rounds occurs weekly, on Friday morning. Once a month, Grand Rounds is combined with Neurosurgery, Neuropathology, and Neuroradiology.

2. Noon conferences:  Our formal didactic curriculum consists of an 18 month series of interactive lectures presented in subspecialty blocks.  Lectures are given by various subspecialists and are clinically focused.

3. Chariman's rounds: Each week residents meet with Dr. Macdonald for focused educational sessions.  The first half of each year includes an intensive discussion on the complete neurological examination with focus on exam techniques and clinical localization.  During the second half of each year residents are given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to patient discussions.  Each week two residents present interesting patients and Dr. Macdonald leads a discussion on localization.

4. Morning report:  Three days a week first year residents meet with one of the senior residents for an interesting patient review.  Each session the resident who was on call the night prior presents a patient.  The senior resident then leads junior residents in localization of the patient's symptoms and exam findings in addition to prompting discussion on differential diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment plans.

5. Morbidity, mortality, and improvement.  Every other month the current Chief Residents lead a department-wide, case based Morbidity. mortality, and improvement conference that all residents attend.

6. Subspecialty conferences and journal clubs.  There are many subspecialty conferences including weekly cerebrovascular case conferecne, weekly tumor board, weekly nerve and muscle biopsy review, and monthly DBS conference.

 

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