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Residency Overview: 

Our program is a 4-year categorical residency, that includes a PGY-1 year of internal medicine training. The Neurology PGY-1 year is identical to that of the first-year residents in the Internal Medicine Residency Program UTMB Internal Medicine Residency Home at UTMB with the exception of two months of inpatient neurology experience for neurology interns. 

Each year we take 5 new neurology residents into our program. Most of the training takes place at our Galveston campus, but in addition to our Galveston campus residents rotate at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. UTMB prides itself in being a tertiary academic center seeing complicated cases referred from other hospitals in south east Texas. UTMB Galveston is a comprehensive stroke center, and one of the few institutions in the country with a dedicated neuro-critical care unit. During the inpatient blocks, residents rotate in the neuro-critical care unit, vascular neurology service, non-vascular wards service, neurology consult service and epilepsy monitoring unit. Outpatient clinics include specialized clinics in movement disorders, neuromuscular medicine, stroke clinic, epilepsy clinic and general neurology clinic.

This year occurs exclusively at UTMB Galveston campus. The aim of this year is to build a strong foundation in medicine, so that the incoming resident can evaluate and manage basic medical conditions from the common chronic and benign to the critical and acute. Interns have rotations in emergency medicine, Medical ICU, cardiology, general medicine wards, general medicine clinics and have 2 months of inpatient neurology service. In addition, interns have many months of electives from which they can tailor their general medicine experience. At the end of intern year, all neurology interns undergo a Neurology “boot camp” where they get introductory lectures in neurology about common topics and neurologic emergencies as well as neurologic procedures. Please see below for the internal medicine website. 

UTMB Department of Internal Medicine

The second year (PGY-2) of neurology residency is designed to build a strong foundation in the clinical practice of neurology. The main emphasis of the year is to provide residents with an immersive hands-on clinical experience to manage patients presenting to the emergency room or admitted to the hospital with a variety of neurological diseases. Throughout the year, residents have a weekly half day continuity clinic where they have the opportunity to evaluate “their own” patients.  They begin following patients in their continuity clinic and build long-term relationships with patients with chronic neurologic conditions. 

Residents have night float coverage for 4-6 weeks during this year and take a 24-hour call about 2 days per month. 

PGY-2 Rotations (click for details below):

The third year (PGY-3) is designed to build upon the foundation formed in second year and to further develop clinical skills learnt from the year before. Residents now act in a more supervising role; where they act as junior faculty on various services and supervise rotating medical students, junior residents, and interns. Increased elective time is designed to give residents ample time to experience different subspecialties. Residents do apply for fellowship in this year.

PGY-3 Rotations (click for details below):

The fourth (PGY-4) year of neurology residency is designed to further blossom the clinical, research and leadership skills gained over the previous three years of residency. Residents solidify their career plans and work on dedicated research goals. They also take an active role in junior residents and student education. Two residents are nominated by the department to serve as chief residents, as well as 2 residents are awarded the prestigious Texas Alzheimer’s Research Care Consortium (TARCC) fellowship in dementia research. PGY-4 residents do one 12-hour call per month. In addition, residents take an active role at St. Vincent’s free neurology clinic, taking care of under-cared and uninsured population. 

PGY-4 rotations (click for details below):