The Department of Neurology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals offers training programs in adult and child neurology. Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) for Board Eligibility in Neurology or in Neurology with special competence in Child Neurology. The programs are designed to provide residents with a broad based training in clinical neurology in preparation for careers in either academic neurology or clinical practice.
During the three (advanced child) or four (categorical adult) years of neurology residency training, the Neurology resident is expected to learn how to effectively evaluate and manage a variety of neurologic problems. Training is conducted in an environment conducive to learning. The faculty and staff are committed to facilitating resident education and training. This is accomplished through a strong faculty presence in all aspects of resident training. All patients seen by the resident are presented and discussed with an attending. Daily rounds on the inpatient service provide for both bedside and didactic teaching. Progressive responsibility in the care of patients will be emphasized. Residents are assigned a faculty advisor/mentor at the start of their training and meet their advisors throughout the year to review individual progress in the residency program and to discuss their career goals.
Residents follow a structured curriculum during their three or four years of residency. Program goals and objectives will be provided for each resident rotation. Residents take the Residency In-service Training Exam (RITE) each year and at least one oral exam each year. Residents are encouraged to engage in scholarly activities during the course of their training. Teaching of other residents, medical students, and allied health personnel are part of the resident’s education in Neurology.