What to Expect
The curriculum is designed to prepare the trainee for subspecialty practice in stroke neurology either in a private practice or academic setting. Fellows have the ability to tailor their schedule based on more specific interests (e.g. neuro-ICU, neuroradiology). The program is structured to meet all of the requirements of the ACGME and to prepare the trainee for the examinations in Neurosonology by the American Society of Neuroimaging and for the Board examination in Vascular Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
For the optional second year, the curriculum is structured according o the needs and goals of the fellow. Emphasis on clinical research is expected.
There are rotations in the Acute Stroke Unit, Neuro-ICU, Neuroradiology, Neurosonology, Neurorehabilitation and research/elective. Typically, 5-6 months are spent in the Acute Stroke Unit, with 1-2 months spent in the other rotations depending on the fellow's preference. There are also 3 half days of outpatient stroke clinic per week.
Training will include clinical exposure, teaching responsibilities, and research. Fellows will see at least 400 patients during the course of the year during inpatient and outpatient work. They will also review at least 100 carotid duplex, transcranial Doppler, and neuroradiological studies.
There are weekly literature reviews and quizzes for the fellows which are directly reviewed with the program director.
A weekly Stroke Conference is held every Friday in which the Vascular Neurology staff and fellows also give lectures to the residents.
The Multidisciplinary Carotid Board Conference meets every Friday morning where clinical cases are presented and discussions focus on the management of extracranial carotid artery disease.
On Wednesdays, conferences on the management of cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations take place.
Fellows are accepted if they have graduated from a Neurology Residency approved by the ACGME
Fellows interested in research and teaching are encouraged because the program is very academically oriented.
The fellow is expected to sit for the Vascular Neurology board certification examination by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Neurosonology examinations by the American Society of Neuroimaging. The fellow is expected to produce or significantly contribute to a research or scholarly project during the year.