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Adult Neurology Residency Clinical Training

Since 1948, the Department of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine has had a long history of outstanding clinical training, with many faculty involved in or leading development of ACGME guidelines and ABPN certification over the years. Residents participate closely with general and subspecialty faculty on inpatient and outpatient services. Seeing patients at all five clinical sites provides residents the opportunities to see a wide variety of disorders in a diverse population. There is also opportunity to spend time at suburban/community sites. Adult Neurology residents say they feel well prepared for practice upon completion of their four-year residency journey.

Clinical Experience with Specialty Experts

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. Clinical experience varies at each site.

Specialty Rotations

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular
  • Movement Disorders
  • ALS 
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy/EEG
  • Headache
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Neuro-Infectious disease
  • Neuro-Radiology
  • Neurotoxicology

Clinical Locations

During the Adult Neurology Residency Program aIU Health Methodist Hospitalt IU School of Medicine, each resident rotates through inpatient and outpatient services at hospitals in Indianapolis affiliated with the medical school. Indiana University Health University and Methodist Hospitals—large quaternary care teaching hospitals with Level 1 trauma and comprehensive stroke centers—are the main hospitals in downtown Indianapolis where neurologists treat patients.

Residents also rotate at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health—one of the nation's top-ranked children's hospitals— Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital—the county hospital for Indianapolis and Marion County—and the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Hospital. Both Eskenazi and the VA are primary stroke centers. The variety of health care settings exposes residents to the full breadth and depth of patient diversity, socioeconomic classes, race and ethnicity.

Educational Conferences

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

Neurology Brain Camp

Brain Camp will start the last month of a resident's PGY 1 year. This event includes a lecture series in techniques of neurological examination and 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 each resident is well-prepared to assume the role of neurology resident.

Research Opportunities

There is a long tradition of research in cerebrovascular disease and behavioral neurology/dementia in the Department of Neurology. There are many opportunities for residents to collaborate in research in a wide range of neurological disorders as well as quality improvement and population health research. Neurology faculty have particular expertise in behavioral neurology/dementia, cerebrovascular disorders, neuroimaging, neuromuscular disorders, neuro-oncology, neurogenetics, neurofibromatosis, neuroimmunology/multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, neurochemistry and neuropharmacology.

Global Health

Adult neurology residents at IU School of Medicine have the opportunity to learn about neurology in resource-limited settings and participate in a Global Neurology elective in Eldoret, Kenya through the AMPATH program. AMPATH (Academic Model for Providing Access to Healthcare) started as a partnership between Moi University, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Indiana University, and the Kenyan government. Over the past 30 years, this consortium has expanded to include one European and several other North American universities as well as additional partners in resource-limited regions of Mexico and Nepal. Though this consortium started with a focus solely on HIV care, the scope has expanded to include internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, and surgery as well as several subspecialties, including neurology.