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 neurology residency 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 has an extensive exposure to clinical neurology. Residents progressively obtain greater independence and autonomy as they gain more experience in managing patients with a variety of neurologic problems.
The faculty and staff are committed to facilitating resident education and training and to maintain a collegial and nurturing environment conducive for learning. 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 physician. Daily rounds on the inpatient services include both bedside and didactic teaching. Outpatient experiences are arranged within different subspecialty clinics under direct supervision of a subspecialty attending physician. Residents have weekly longitudinal clinics where skills such as patient and doctor relationships, empathy, factors improving biological and psycho-social quality of life, and an interdisciplinary approach to patient care are taught and implemented by the residents.
Professional development of residents is greatly emphasized and each resident is assigned a faculty adviser/mentor at the start of their training. Residents meet with their advisers throughout the year to review individual progress in the residency program and to discuss their career goals.
Residents follow a structured and comprehensive curriculum focusing on different aspects of clinical neurology and basic neuroscience during their three or four years of residency. Residents take the Residency In-service Training Exam (RITE) each year and at least one oral exam each year. Residents commonly play the role of the teachers of other residents, medical students, and allied health care professionals. Residents are encouraged to engage in scholarly activities during the course of their training.