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General Neurology Residency

The general neurology residency at IU School of Medicine is a three-year program that’s ACGME-accredited and approved for neurology training. Six positions are offered and filled each year.

Admission Requirements

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 and the curriculum emphasizes clinical evaluation and management to advance clinical competence in general neurology.

  • 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 neurology 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 emphasizes the foundations of clinical neuroscience and 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.