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General Neurology Residency

The Department of Neurology of Indiana University School of Medicine offers a dynamic and comprehensive three-year residency training program that is ACGME-accredited and approved for neurology training. With six positions are offered and filled each year, residents in this program are critical to the program’s curriculum and continued improvement. This program aims to give the resident the best education opportunity to care for patients and inspire them toward original ideas.

 

 

Resident Experience

Dedicated Education

Unlike other programs, the General Neurology Residency puts a heavy emphasis on the traditional education aspect. Each Friday residents have protected education time where they can attend lectures on various neurology topics, practice electroencephalogram cases and interact with expert faculty. As department faculty cover rounds and clinical during this time, this dedicated education time allows residents to ask questions and learn from their peers.

Quick Facts

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 shadow the senior resident so that on July 1, each resident is well-prepared to assume the role of neurology resident.

Current Residents

 

Program Faculty

Jay R. Bhatt, MD

Jay R. Bhatt, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Adam D. Comer, MD

Adam D. Comer, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Whitney E. Gauen, MD

Whitney E. Gauen, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Jason S. Mackey, MD

Jason S. Mackey, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology
Karen L. Roos, MD

Karen L. Roos, MD

John and Nancy Nelson Professor of Neurology
Richard V. Scheer, MD

Richard V. Scheer, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Riley J. Snook, MD

Riley J. Snook, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

 

Program Progression

The first year of residency emphasizes clinical evaluation and management at the adult hospitals and the children’s hospital and outpatient clinics located on the Indianapolis campus. The goal of the first year is to obtain clinical competence in general neurology.

  • Three month rotation at IU Health Methodist Hospital on the inpatient consult service
  • One-and-a-half month rotation at Eskenazi Hospital on the inpatient consult service
  • One-and-a-half month rotation at the Roudebush VA Medical Center includes an electroencephalogram/electromyography primer to introduce the new resident to these ancillary diagnostic tests
  • One month rotation is dedicated to outpatient neurology at the IU Health Neuroscience Center and includes one-week in the Neuromuscular Clinic, one week in the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, one week in the Movement Disorder Clinic and one week in Neuro-oncology
  • One-and-a-half month rotation is dedicated to outpatient neurology at Eskenazi Hosptial, including the Emergency Neurology Clinic
  • Two month rotation in child neurology at Riley Hospital for Children one-a-half months inpatient and one-half month outpatient
  • One-and-a-half month rotation at Roudebush VA Medical Center on the inpatient service

The second year of residency emphasizes the foundations of clinical neuroscience.

  • Two months comprehensive course in neuroanatomy
  • Three months rotation on clinical electrophysiology, during which time is split between the electromyography laboratory and the electroencephalogram laboratory
  • One month on neuroradiology, working with one of the senior neuroradiologists. The neuroimaging technology includes computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance angiogram, angiography single photon emission computed tomography, positron emission tomography and interventional techniques
  • Four months of Elective time
  • Two months rotation on the inpatient consultation service to prepare for senior leadership

During the third year, the senior resident assumes a role 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.

  • Three months are dedicated to running the consult service at each of the three adult hospitals (one month each at IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital or Roudebush VA Medical Center)
  • One month is devoted to child neurology at Riley Hospital for Children
  • One month neuroophthalmology
  • Two months in the subspecialty  outpatient clinics at Indiana University Neuroscience Center Outpatient Clinic
  • Five months for additional elective time