Residency News and Events
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.
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 resident noon conference. This year we had four visiting professors from different backgrounds:
Bert B. Vargas, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at UT Southwestern, presented “Teleconcussion: Using Telemedicine to Address Disparities in Concussion Care” and had a lovely discussion with the residents about career paths in neurology and role of social media in medicine.
Barbara A. Dworetzky, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Chief for the Division of Epilepsy and EEG at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, presented an illuminating talk on “Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES): Time for a New Direction” and spent time with the residents during clinical epilepsy rounds.
Peter A. Calabresi, MD, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Division of Neuroimmunology, talked about “Endogenous Remyelination for Multiple Sclerosis” and led a resident noon conference discussing interesting clinical cases.
Catherine Amlie-Lefond, MD, Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital and the director of the Pediatric Vascular Neurology program, presented “Cardioembolic Stroke in the Young: Prediction and Extrapolation” and led the most instructive resident noon conference discussing unusual stroke cases.
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.
Farewell Reception and Awards Banquet
Last June, the Neurology Department held their annual Farewell Reception and Awards Banquet at the Top of the Hill 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: Ameeta Karmarkar, MD
Faculty Teaching Award: William Powers, MD
Peter Lars Jacobson Award for Excellence in Patient Care: Kathryn Moore, MD
Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award
PGY3 resident Will Coleman, MD, received the prestigious Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award from our UNC Medical Student class. The award is testament to Will’s ability to patiently, thoughtfully and gracefully teach the nuts and bolts of clinical neurology.
The Department of Neurology held its annual Welcome Reception on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 to introduce and honor the new residents, fellows and faculty. The event was held at the Meadowmont Grill at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill.
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.
Congratulations to our residents who are members of the Neuroscience Trivia Team “The Powers That Be.” The UNC team won first prize at the Neuroscience Trivia hosted by Triangle Chapter of Society for Neuroscience. Trivia Night was part of the Brain Awareness Week. BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.