The Adult Neurology Boot Camp

The Adult Neurology Boot Camp is designed to introduce important principles of neurological care to newly minted PGY2 neurology residents and to help them transition into junior neurology resident status.

The boot camp lasts two summer months (July and August) and is completed with lectures, interactive clinical case sessions and hands-on labs. Each week is dedicated to a different aspect of neurological care: general neurology, stroke care, neurological intensive care and the challenges of initial night shifts in a hospital. The boot camp covers such topics as neurological exams in adult and pediatric populations, neurological emergencies, MOCK acute stroke exercises, LP simulator lab experience, common neurological consults and neuroimaging.

The camp culminates with a Jeopardy day and a pizza party to celebrate the hard work and the steep learning curve of our junior residents.

Sim Lab
Neurology PGY2 residents performing a lumbar puncture in the Sim Lab.

Sim Lab

Mock Stroke Sim
During a mock code stroke session, residents practice key concepts of acute code stroke management with our patient actors.

Stroke Mock Code Simulation


Visiting Professors at UNC Department of Neurology

The UNC Department of Neurology is committed to excellence in resident training and education. To support this mission, UNC Neurology visiting professors are invited throughout the year to speak at Neurology Grand Rounds, and to spend time with residents and faculty in informal settings during dinner and the resident noon conference. This year we had three visiting professors with different backgrounds:

Rami Burnstein, PhD, Professor of Anesthesia and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, spent time with residents and faculty during a dinner where he discussed recent advancements in the treatment of chronic headaches and the acute issues of global neurological care. He then presented a thought-provoking talk, Exploring the biological mechanisms of chronic migraine.

Brian G. Weinshenker, MD
Brian G. Weinshenker, MD

Brian G. Weinshenker, MD is a Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Consultant in Neurology at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Weinshenker presented an eloquent talk, MS diagnosis 2018: Spotting mimics and avoiding overdiagnosis, and spent time with residents during Neuroimmunology Professor Rounds.

Erik D. Roberson, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Roberson presented illuminating research findings in his talk, Tau and neuronal hyperexcitability in Alzheimer’s disease.


Graduating Residents Present Grand Rounds

It is becoming a tradition for graduating seniors to present at grand rounds in late spring. While grand rounds are part of the scholarly activity for all neurology residents, these special presentations are bittersweet and full of proud moments for all of us who have spent the past four years shoulder to shoulder with the graduates. It is exciting to see them on that podium and we wish them much success after graduation.

Dr. Fausto Ordonez - Grand Rounds
Dr. Fausto Ordonez
Dr. Xiaoyan Li - Grand Rounds
Dr. Xiaoyan Li
Dr. Katie Moore - Grand Rounds
Dr. Katie Moore
Dr. Pola Chojecka
Dr. Pola Chojecka
Dr. Luke Barr - Grand Rounds
Dr. Luke Barr

Farewell Reception and Awards Banquet

Last June, the Neurology Department held their annual Farewell Reception and Awards Banquet at the Top of the Hill Restaurant in Chapel Hill. The graduating residents and fellows were recognized for their achievements during their programs and were presented with their graduation gifts. The department also presented this year’s awards.

Resident Teaching Award: Kathryn Moore, MD (PGY4)

Faculty Teaching Award: Nina Browner, MD

Peter Lars Jacobson Award for Excellence in Patient Care: Zuleyma Toledo, MD (PGY2)

Resident Dinner 2019


Kaiser Award 2019 - Dr. OrdonezKaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award

PGY4 resident Fausto Ordonez, MD, received the prestigious Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award from our UNC Medical Student class 2019. The award is testament to Fausto’s astute knowledge of clinical neurology and his enthusiasm in teaching fellow residents and students.


Monthly Happy Hours

After the M&M Conference each month, our residents and faculty are invited to a “happy hour” at Tobacco Road. These events are ongoing throughout the year and we look forward to seeing our residents and faculty outside of the hospital.


Celebrating the Holidays Together

Sharing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Dr. Browner’s home is cozy, fun and feels like big extended family. Decorated doors and yummy food next to the “fire” create holiday spirit.

Residents at Thanksgiving 2018 Residents - Holidays Browner Office Door at Christmas

Attending and Presenting and National & Regional Conferences

Dr. Xiaoyan Li presented a poster at AAN this year. Also, Steve Palmer, MD (Adult Neurology PGY3)  and Senyene Hunter (Child Neurology PGY5) presented during the Resident Update: Neurology Year-in-Review plenary session at the North Carolina Neurological Society 2019 meeting in Greensboro, NC in February 2019.

Dr. Li AAN 2019
Dr. Li presenting research at AAN 2019
AAN 2019
Residents at AAN 2019
Residents at the Neurological Society meeting 2019
Neurological Society Meeting 2019

Winners! First Neurology Holiday Jeopardy Games 2018

Congratulations to our residents who were members of the Neurology Holiday Jeopardy team, The Powers That Be. The Mighty Axons team (made up mostly from Neurology faculty) put up a tremendous fight going va banque in Final Jeopardy in their effort to seize the victory, but The Powers That Be team (comprised of our neurology residents with Dr. Powers as their spirit animal) was unbeatable and won with whopping score of $3001!

Jeopardy