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Teaching Protected Time

Didactic Schedule

Below is an example of the program’s lecture schedule.

  • Dedicated and protected lecture time occurs each Thursday from 12:30-4:30pm. Each month, lectures follow a specific theme (ie. Vascular neurology, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuromuscular, neuro-ophthalmology, etc.) for more concentrated and in-depth learning of a particular neurology sub-speciality. Resources utilized include the Continuum journals included in the program-provided AAN membership, board Review books and question banks and multiple different neuroanatomy books
  • Grand rounds occur weekly (12-1pm every Friday from October through June)
  • Neuroradiology Conference (2-3pm every Wednesday)
  • Resident Morbidity and Mortality Conference (Monthly)
  • Stroke Morbidity and Mortality Conference (Monthly, led by vascular fellows)
  • Neuro-ICU Mortality and Morbidity Conference (Monthly, led by neurocritical care fellows)
  • Resident Journal Clubs (Monthly)
  • Neuro-Cardiology Conference (restarting in 2022, Monthly)
  • St. Jude Brain Tumor Board (every Wednesday)
  • Combined Stroke and Cardiology rounds (Quarterly Neurocardiology rounds)
  • Neurooncology rounds at St. Jude (Wednesdays afternoon)
  • Pediatric Neurology lectures (Specific to residents rotating on Pediatric neurology rotation)
  • Incoming PGY2 residents in July benefit from introduction lectures that heavily focus on neuroanatomy, the neurologic exam, and Emergency Neurology life support

SAMPLE Thursday Lecture Schedule

12:30- 1:30 pm Neuroanatomy lecture (may also be EEG or EMG lecture)
1:30-2:30 pm Continuum article discussion
2:30-3:30 pm Board review questions and discussion
3:30-4:30 pm Neurologic Exam lecture

Residents as Educators

There are also multiple teaching opportunities for residents.

  • Though the main focus of residency is learning and clinical training, we believe that teaching is a huge pillar in the journey to being a specialty trained physician. With that in mind, we invite our residents to participate and present at monthly journal clubs and a few lectures scattered throughout the year. Our PGY-4s also present once at Grand Rounds. There is always opportunity to give more lectures, all you have to do is ask!
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s (UTHSC) second year medical students undergo a Neuroscience course complete with an in-depth anatomy dissection. Our residents aid in their learning during this time to provide clinical context to their dissection anatomy
  • Our residents participate in neurology clerkship lecture series for UTHSC MS3 and other visiting students
  • The medical school organization, SIGN, Student Interest Group in Neurology, provides another opportunity for residents and faculty to participate and interact with students to promote neurology as a specialty
May 26, 2022