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Subspecialty Curriculum

During PGY-1, the neurosurgery resident will:

  • spend 3 months on the neurology service, including the Comprehensive Epilepsy and Comprehensive Stroke services;
  • attend all neurosciences didactic conferences, including subspecialty program conferences; and
  • see outpatient consults under the direct supervision of senior residents and attending staff.


Required Reading         

Principles of Neural Science, Kandel, Schwartz and Jessell

Principles of Neurology, Victor & Adams

Textbook of Neurology, Merritt’s

Goals and Objectives

The resident will be provided with the opportunity to learn all aspects of evaluating, diagnosing and managing of patients with neurologic diseases under the supervision of an attending neurologist. The resident will understand the role of neurology in the context of the medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.


Medical Knowledge – The resident will become able to:

  • Understand the presentation of common neurologic syndromes mimicking neurosurgical disorders.
  • Establish fundamental competency and understanding of the clinical pathologic presentations of spasticity and movement disorders, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders and neuroimmunologic disorders.
  • Develop differential diagnostic skills to initiate appropriate workup of primary neuralgic disorders on the basis of sound neurophysiologic, neuroanatomic and neuropathologic principles.
  • Develop proficiency/mastery of comprehensive neurological examination.
  • Develop fundamental competencies in the interpretation of EEG, EMG and NCV.

Patient Care and Assessment – The resident will be able to:

  • Integrate the principles of basic neurological science with in-depth clinical outpatient experiences and adult inpatient consultations.

Practice Based Learning – The resident will be able to:

  • Locate, appraise and assimilate evidence from scientific studies and evidence-based medicine relating to neurologic disorders and disease.

Systems Based Practice – The resident will be able to:

  • Function as a team member in the Comprehensive Epilepsy and Stroke services.
  • Establish fundamental competency in the evaluation of the socioeconomic impact of neurologic practice in the context of current medical economics and malpractice issues.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills – The resident will be able to:

  • Foster a collegial/collaborative working relationship with neurologic colleagues.

Professionalism – The resident will be competent to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism at all times with administrative faculty and nursing staff.



At the end of this rotation, the Neurology faculty will complete an evaluation form based on the goals and objectives outlined above.


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