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Residency Programs

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Neurology offers two residency programs. The Neurology Residency program accepts eight residents per year. The Child Neurology Residency accepts one resident per year. These are the only neurology and child neurology resident training programs in Indiana.

Neurology Residency

The Neurology Residency at IU School of Medicine is a three-year program that is ACGME-accredited and approved for neurology training. Eight positions are offered and filled each year.

Prior to beginning the Neurology Residency, trainees complete one year of rotations in internal medicine with two months of that year spent with neurology faculty and residents. One month is dedicated to neurobehavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, and the second month is Brain Camp.

Brian Camp occurs in June of the first post-graduate training year and includes a lecture series in techniques of the neurological examination as well as a lecture series in neurological emergencies. Simulation labs provide hands-on experience in performing lumbar puncture, treating status epilepticus and stroke. Time is set aside for residents to take Step 3 and to shadow the senior resident so that on July 1, each resident is well-prepared to assume the role of neurology resident.

Program Progression

The first year of the Neurology Residency includes rotations at IU School of Medicine’s partner hospitals in Indianapolis.

  • Two-month rotation at Methodist Hospital on the neurology consultation service
  • Two-month rotation at the Richard Roudebush Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center on the inpatient service
  • Two-month rotation at Eskenazi Hospital on the inpatient consultation service
  • Two-month rotation in child Nnurology at Riley Hospital for Children
  • Six weeks on the VA outpatient rotation, which includes a primer on the interpretation of EEG and EMG as well as exposure to sleep neurology
  • Six-week rotation in the Eskenazi Outpatient Clinic, which includes the Emergency Neurology Clinic
  • A one-month rotation in the Neuroscience Center to include one week of multiple sclerosis, one week of neuromuscular disorders, one week of movement disorders, and one week of neuro-oncology

The second year of residency includes the following rotations:

  • A two-month dedicated, comprehensive course in neuroanatomy
  • One month on neuroradiology, including CT, MRI, MRA, angiography, PET and interventional techniques
  • One or more months in the EMG laboratory
  • One or more months in the EEG laboratory
  • One month in neuro-ophthalmology
  • Five months of elective time

In the third year, the senior resident neurologist assumes greater leadership in decision-making in the clinical setting. Six months are dedicated to running the consultation service at each of the three adult hospitals (two months each at IU Health University Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital and the Richard Roudebush Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, and one month devoted to child neurology at Riley Hospital for Children). Residents spend two months in the Subspecialty Outpatient Clinics at the Neuroscience Center and have three months for electives.

Child Neurology Residency Program

The Department of Neurology, Child Neurology Division, offers a comprehensive residency training program that’s ACGME-accredited and approved for child neurology training. One position per year is available for this program.

Like the Neurology Residency program, the first year of the Child Neurology Residency emphasizes clinical evaluation and patient management at the school’s partner hospitals in Indianapolis. The first-year rotation schedule provides strong clinical training with a larges and diverse patient population.

  • Two-month rotation at Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital (inpatient)
  • Two-month rotation at Eskenazi Healthj (inpatient)
  • Two-month rotation is dedicated to outpatient neurology at Eskenazi Health
  • Two-month rotation in consults or subspecialty outpatient clinics at Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center Outpatient Clinic
  • Four-month rotation at IU Health Methodist Hospital (inpatient)

The second year of residency emphasizes the foundations of clinical neuroscience and includes a two-month comprehensive course in neuroanatomy, a two-month rotation on clinical electrophysiology (time is split between the EMG laboratory and the EEG laboratory), and one month on neuroradiology, working with a senior neuroradiologists to learn neuroimaging technology, including CT, MRI, MRA, angiography SPECT, PET and interventional techniques. Child Neurology residents complete one month rotation on child psychiatry and one month rotation on child neurorehabilitation unit. Four months of elective time is generally offered in the second year.

In the third year of the child neurology program, residents assume roles with greater decision-making responsibility in the clinical setting. These residents enhance their teaching skills with greater roles in the ward, clinic and lecture setting. Six months are dedicated to running the consult service at Riley Hospital for Children, and six months are devoted to outpatient child neurology at Riley Hospital for Children.

Attributes of Neurology Residency Programs

The neurology residency program is conducted primarily in four adult hospitals and Riley Hospital for Children on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus. One full-time neurology department faculty member staffs each teaching hospital with inpatient and consult house staff at each rotation site. Because the patient population of each site is unique, residents benefit from a comprehensive experience in the full spectrum of neurological disorders. During the program, each resident rotates through the neurology services at IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Hospital. Clinical experience varies at different sites.

Residents meet daily for an educational conference, including lectures in neurophysiology, neuropathology, child neurology, stroke, general clinical neurology, behavioral neurology, neuropharmacology, journal club and weekly neuroscience rounds.

There is a long tradition of work in cerebrovascular disease at Indiana University School of Medicine. Many subspecialty research programs are investigating a wide range of neurological issues and treatments. The Department of Neurology faculty have particular expertise in neuro-oncology, neurogenetics, neuroimmunology, multiple sclerosis, central nervous system infections, neurofibromatosis, neurochemistry and neuropharmacology, and residents have many opportunities to participate in medical research.