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Adult Neurology Residency Curriculum

 Saint Louis University’s neurology residency is a categorical program that prepares residents to be fully independent neurologists, ready for a career in academic medicine or private practice. It equips residents with the necessary clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of neurologic diseases.

A rich and varied clinical experience is provided by exposure to three busy primary inpatient services; neurocritical care service, stroke service and general neurology service as well as inpatient consult service, electrophysiology and multispecialty outpatient clinics at three teaching hospitals. 

The program provides exposure to numerous subspecialty rotations and encourages residents to enroll in the clinical and basic research activities of the department.

The First Year (PGY-1)

First-year neurology residents at SLU spend several rotations in the department of medicine at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and VA Saint Louis Health Care System - John Cochran Division. They are also exposed to emergency medicine at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Neuroradiology rotation is included during the first year of the program. One of the highlights of the first year is a dedicated month of clinical neurology didactic lectures during which common neurologic diseases are discussed.

View a sample first-year rotation

The Second Year (PGY-2)

Our second-year neurology residents rotate through inpatient general neurology, stroke neurology, neurocritical care and pediatric neurology for seven months. They also take two months of inpatient consult services at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System - John Cochran Division. The outpatient rotations consist of three months in the multi-specialty clinical neurology services during the second year at Saint Louis University.

View a sample second-year rotation

The Third Year (PGY-3) and Fourth Year (PGY- 4)

Our third and fourth-year residents rotate in clinical neurology services for five to six of the 12 months. They typically spend one to two months each in stroke, neurocritical care, general neurology, and the VA inpatient service. As the senior residents on the team, they assume more responsibilities in terms of teaching and supervision as well as decision-making.

The rest of the year is spent in the neurophysiology laboratory gaining first-hand experience in performing EMG-NCS and reading EEGs, as well as having some time for electives. The program offers many elective options, including neuro-ophthalmology, sleep medicine, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy, interventional neurology, neuropathology, research, headache, behavioral neurology and neuro-rehabilitation.

During the third year of residency, two months are dedicated to night float coverage.

One psychology and three pediatric neurology months are spread out during the two years as well.

Residents have a protected time for daily didactic sessions with faculty and weekly grand rounds, as well as weekly morning reports, weekly practical EEG, EMG, neuroradiology, and neuropathology sessions, monthly RITE exam review sessions, and bi-monthly journal club presentations.

View sample third- and fourth-year rotations

Research, Conferences and Workshops

Residents are encouraged to enroll in departmental research activities that interest them. Research projects are shared with an attending physician who acts as the resident’s research mentor. At the end of the year, residents have the opportunity to share their research with members of the department and the University during the Department of Neurology research day and the GME Resident Poster Day.

Attendance at national conferences is encouraged. Additional monetary support (in addition to the yearly resident fund) is provided to residents whose abstracts are accepted at national meetings.

Residents are also encouraged to attend educational conferences in different subspecialties.