About the Program
At the University of Cincinnati, we seek motivated, mature individuals with superior performance in medical school and beyond who are committed to a career in neurology.
As a faculty, we are dedicated to training high-quality clinical neurologists who will practice evidence-based medicine in a scholarly fashion. We will provide a pleasant working atmosphere in which you will be treated as a colleague, an excellent physical environment, a new and updated resident clinic space, an academic residency suite (and an updated resident call room), plenty of research opportunities and a reasonable balance between service and education.
Our program has grown in size and has translated into less call and more elective time for our trainees. We recruit six residents per year into our program, giving a combined cadre of 24 adult neurology residents at any one time in the program. The UC neurology program is an integrated, categorical four-year program. Residents matching with us will do their internal medicine training at UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Neurology residents are exposed to a vast array of neurologic problems and diseases under the guidance of an exceptional group of world-class faculty.
Residents are expected to be compassionate, scholarly clinical neurologists when they have completed their training at UC. The guiding philosophy of our clinical and educational program is that "the patient is the most important person."
Residents are evaluated at the end of each month by their supervising faculty and twice a year by the program directors. The program director and program coordinator are in close communication with faculty and residents at all times to facilitate growth as opportunities arise. All residents take the written in-service examination.
Our department is part of the larger, multi-departmental University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute at UC Medical Center. The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute has been formally in existence since 1998 and is one of the major reasons for our success and growth.
Active Patient Care
Our residency training program has exceptional subspecialty programs in cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, epilepsy monitoring, neurocritical care, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, multiple sclerosis, sleep, neuro-oncology, behavioral neurology and electrophysiology.
In addition, our pediatric neurology program is one of the largest in the United States, with major strengths in epilepsy, movement disorders, pediatric demyelinating disorders, pediatric neuro-critical care, headache, inherited disorders of metabolism, tuberous sclerosis and neurofibromatosis.
A Focus on Education
Educating residents and fellows is a high priority. Our extensive didactic teaching includes grand rounds, a clinical neuroscience course, challenging case conferences, clinicopathologic conferences, chairman's rounds and journal club.
We offer bi-weekly courses in neuro-pharmacology and neuroanatomy, a monthly neuro-ophthalmology lecture series and multiple weekly specialty conferences (neuro-radiology with radiology and neurosurgery; neuromuscular conference with physical medicine and rehabilitation; epilepsy/epilepsy surgery with neurosurgery; and stroke team meeting with emergency medicine).
In addition, the department holds movement disorders video case conferences bi-monthly with Dr. Alberto Espay and the movement disorders faculty from here and other institutions. Dr. Espay has hosted international and U.S. movement disorders experts, including Dr. Anthony Lang and Dr. Francesca Morgante. The residents have enjoyed the wine and cheese reception with faculty and the movement team in a non-threatening learning experience after work on Wednesdays.
Our program includes a full set of weekly didactic conferences that address specific clinical problems—the basic neurosciences, neuro-radiology, neurosurgery, neuro-rehabilitation, psychiatry, neuro-pathology and clinical approaches to neurological diseases.
Critical review of the literature takes place in the residents' journal club. Mortality and morbidity focuses on practice-based learning and systems-based learning improvement with the faculty.
An educational stipend of $500 per year is given for books and travel. In addition, the department will give $1,000 toward travel expenses if residents have papers accepted for presentation.
Residents are encouraged to become involved in clinical research during their second and third years and to present a paper at one of the national meetings. They are incentivized to do so with offer of payment for national travel beyond their travel stipend.
Our residents have excellent role models for career development in research.
Four adult and pediatric neurology faculty currently hold or are completing K23 "Career Development and Clinical Research Awards" from the National Institutes of Health.