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Medical Internship & Residency Program

Medical Internship (PGY-1)

Seven positions are available each year for combined PGY-1 medical internship and PGY-2 neurology residency. The PGY-1 year falls under the UTHSC Department of Internal Medicine and is guaranteed to those candidates that match with our Neurology Residency Program. The PGY-1 position offers 8 months of training in Internal Medicine, 1 month in the Emergency Room, 1 month in the Intensive Care Unit, 2 months of elective. These fulfill the current minimum requirements for admission to an accredited Neurology Residency training program.

First Year of Residency (PGY-2)

The purpose of the first year is to provide Residents with broad patient exposure and comprehensive training in the basics of clinical neurology. These include data gathering, case formulation, diagnosis and management of both inpatients and outpatients. To achieve this goal, Residents spend most of their time caring for inpatients on the Neurology Services of the Methodist University Hospital, the Regional Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and outpatients at the VAMC. In addition, they attend one outpatient continuity clinic at VAMC. There are 1-2 months of elective. One month is spent in neurosurgery with a one on one tutorial with a senior neurosurgeon. One month is spent at St Jude for neuro-oncology Two months of Night Float. When not on Night Float, residents take night and weekend call on average of once or twice per month throughout their residency training.

Second and Third Years of Residency (PGY-3 and PGY-4)

During their second year, residents refine the skills and consolidate the knowledge gained during their first year of residency. They assume new responsibilities by rotating through the Neurology Consultation Services (including emergency room coverage) of the Methodist University Hospital, Regional Medical Center and the VAMC. The Resident's intellectual growth and maturity are strengthened by handling cases of increasing diagnostic and therapeutic complexity while working closely with a Staff Neurologist. . One month is devoted to Neurophysiology (EEG) so that residents become familiar with the epilepsy classification, interpretation of common EEGs, the diagnosis of status epilepticus and brain death, the indications and usefulness of EEG video monitoring and epilepsy surgery. The Residents further expand their clinical experience by rotating through Pediatric Neurology (three months), and Psychiatry (one month).  They take one month of Night Float per year. Residents also begin to serve in teaching and leadership capacity as senior residents and ward chiefs.  The senior residents help in the planning, structure and scheduling of teaching conferences and the educational program for students, Residents and faculty. During the second and third year, residents have approximately 6 months of elective time to pursue specific subspecialty and research interests. Subspecialty electives are available for Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-otology, Neurorehab, Neuromuscular/EMG, EEG/Evoked Potentials, Sleep Disorders, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders, Neuro-oncology, and Geriatric Neurology.

Last Published: Sep 19, 2018