In our program, the first year is mostly adult neurology, but typically includes 1-2 months of pediatric neurology. The remaining two years are mostly pediatric neurology. See the Program Requirements for details.
In addition to clinical months on the inpatient and outpatient services, residents participate in mentored research projects all three years, and take an increasingly important role in leading and planning of lectures and conferences.
Electives are an opportunity to increase clinical exposure to Specialties in Pediatric Neurology. Residents can pursue interests in allied fields such as Genetics, Neurosurgery etc. With prior approval from the program director, recent trainees have created electives in basic science research, ethics, medical education and global health, for example.
Pediatric Neurology Continuity Clinic All Three Years
Pediatric neurology residents have one half-day of pediatric neurology continuity clinic per week for all three years. The goals of the continuity clinic experience are to build relationships with patients and their families over time and to develop expertise in outpatient management of problems in pediatric neurology.
Mentoring and Career Development
Each resident is assisted in selecting both an academic and a career faculty member to serve as their advisors. The trainee and advisors meet at least twice yearly to review the trainee's accomplishments as well as areas in need of improvement, set future goals and facilitate career planning. The resident can change or accumulate advisors at any time during the program.
All call is home call.
During the one adult neurology year, pediatric neurology residents take home call during their VA months. Typically, this is on a q4 basis, always with an adult neurology senior resident or attending available for back up.
During the two pediatric neurology years, pediatric neurology residents take home call during their pediatric neurology inpatient months. Typically, this is on a q2-3 basis, and there is a pediatric neurology attending available for back up. In addition, pediatric neurology residents take an average of one night of home call per week when they are not on the inpatient service.
Resident Performance Evaluation
We assist residents in preparing for the ABPN Boards by administering the Residency In-Service Training Examination (RITE) each spring. We administer five NEX exams during training as well. In addition, residents receive informal and formal feedback during their clinical rotations and meet with the Program Director twice yearly to give and receive feedback.
Research and Scholarship
The Division of Pediatric Neurology faculty has ongoing clinical and basic science projects in a variety of topics. Pediatric neurology residents are encouraged to participate either in an on-going research project within the Division, or to become involved in a new area of research.
All Neurology residents, including pediatric neurology residents, submit a paper every year for either the Western Intermountain Neurological Organization conference or the Brainstorm conference. A faculty review committee selects the three top entries each year and the residents are invited to present their work at one of these regional conferences. The Division encourages high-quality projects that can evolve into publications in peer-reviewed journals. Residents are encouraged to submit their work to the Child Neurology Society and the American Academy of Neurology annual meetings. Travel funds are available to residents who are presenting posters or other work at national meetings.
Vacation, Salary, Benefits
Residents have 4 weeks of vacation each year; vacation schedules are set each July. Click here to see University of Utah benefits including salary, insurance and disability policies.
Department and Division benefits include a book fund of $1000. American Academy of Neurology and Child Neurology Society, and travel compensation to one national conference during the three years of the residency program. If residents are presenting posters or other work at a national meeting, additional travel funds are available as above.
Fellowship training is available in Neurophysiology/EMG, Neurogenetics, and Epilepsy/EEG. Contact Meghan Candee, MD for further details.