Customized Clinical Education

Our curriculum provides a broad clinical fund of knowledge and unique educational experiences, based upon a resident's individual interests.


Our residents develop their clinical expertise through a combination of conferences and rotations. There are two dedicated resident conferences per day, covering all subspecialties of neurology. These sessions are teleconferenced to all teaching hospitals and recorded for later review by residents on nightfloat rotations, vacation, or in self-guided study. Clinical teaching is provided on the required inpatient rotations in neurovascular, neurocritical care, epilepsy, general neurology, consultation, and pediatric neurology, as well as during required outpatient rotations in general and subspecialty neurology clinics and pediatric neurology. Residents have abundant opportunity to explore their specific interests with at least 36 weeks of elective time for each resident. Clinical electives are available in cognitive neurology, movement disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, EMG, EEG, intra-operative monitoring, sleep, multiple sclerosis, neuro-oncology, neuroradiology, interventional neuroradiology, neuropathology, neurocritical care, neurovascular neurology, and general neurology. To optimize the educational experience, clinical electives combine clinical activities with recorded didactics and problem-based learning. Elective time can also be used to perform research, quality improvement, global health experiences, and medical education to students at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. 

Daily Schedule

As a tertiary referral center for more than four states, our Neurology residents at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania care for patients with common and rare neurologic diseases. Our residents learn to diagnose and manage these patients under the supervision of an outstanding faculty, recognized as national experts in their field. In addition to their clinical exposure, our residents’ education is augmented by twice daily conferences from the same faculty discussing the most recent advances in neurology. These lectures are designed to enhance fund of knowledge and clinical reasoning.

Typical PGY-2 Schedule On The Ward Service

* Every other weekend is OFF for PGY-2 residents on the Ward Service


M
T
W
Th
F
Sa
Su
7:00
Signout & Preround
Signout & Preround
Signout & Preround
Signout & Preround
Signout & Preround
* Signout & Preround
* Signout & Preround
8:00
Career Development Conference
Morning Conference
Professors Rounds
Morning Conference
Neuroradiology Conference
Teaching Rounds Teaching Rounds
9:30

Teaching Rounds
Teaching Rounds
Teaching Rounds
Teaching Rounds
Teaching Rounds
Patient Care Patient Care
12:00
Administrative Meeting
Noon Conference
Signout
Noon Conference
Noon Conference


1:00


Patient Care
Patient Care

Patient Care Patient Care
Signout
Signout

5:00
Signout
Overnight Call

Signout
Signout





Typical PGY-4 Schedule On The Ward Service


MTWThFSaSu
7:00Signout & Discharge PlanningSignout & Discharge PlanningSignout & Discharge PlanningSignout & Discharge PlanningSignout & Discharge PlanningOffOff
8:00Career Development ConferenceMorning ConferenceProfessors RoundsMorning ConferenceNeuroradiology Conference

9:30

Teaching RoundsTeaching RoundsTeaching RoundsTeaching RoundsTeaching Rounds
12:00Career Development ConferenceNoon ConferenceGrand RoundsNoon ConferenceNoon Conference

1:00


Patient CarePatient CarePatient CarePatient CarePatient Care


5:00SignoutSignoutOvernight Home CallSignoutSignout




Yearly Schedule

PGY-2

Our residency is "front-loaded". The PGY-2 residents provide most of the direct inpatient care and in-house nighttime coverage of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Presbyterian Medical Center. The services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are covered with an overnight call system while the services at Pennsylvania Hospital and Presbyterian Medical Center are covered with a nightfloat system. Overnight, the PGY-2 residents discuss all cases with a PGY-3 or PGY-4 resident on home call. This system prepares PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents for the home-call responsibilities they will have as an attending neurologist. Multiple subspecialty attending neurologists—including critical care, neurovascular, and epilepsy—are on-call each night to discuss complicated cases. This system maximizes resident autonomy while balancing patient care, resident education, and resident lifestyle. All PGY-2 residents have at least 4 weeks of outpatient neurology that is customized to the individual resident’s interests.



PGY-3 and 4

During the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years, residents divide their time evenly between inpatient and outpatient/elective opportunities. Their role on the inpatient adult neurology services is to oversee patient care provided by the PGY-2 residents and teach neurology to the PGY-2 residents and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine neurology clerkship students. PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents have complete autonomy to pursue elective opportunities in any subspecialty of neurology, choosing to provide neurologic care in Tanzania or Botswana under the supervision of our faculty, perform research, or serve as a teaching assistant in the preclinical neurology course at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. 




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Contact Information

Department of Neurology
3 Gates, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Frances E. Jensen, MD, FACP
Chair of Neurology

Raymond S. Price, MD
Program Director

Vanna Hing, Residency Coordinator

Telephone: (215) 662-3370
vanna.hing@uphs.upenn.edu