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

Bert Vargas, MD - Visiting Professor
Bert Vargas, MD, leads resident discussion

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 Dworetzky, MD - Visiting Professor
Barbara Dworetzky, MD, joins residents for dinner

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.

Ameeta Karmarkar, MD
Study the past if you would define the future – Confucius. Neurology resident Ameeta Karmarkar, MD, reflected on the timeless profession of physician from 1600 BC to 2018 through an eloquent and illuminating presentation, “Medical Documentation through the Ages.”
John Herdon, MD
Keen eye, thoughtful approach to the patient and some experience in dramaturgy – John Herndon, MD is using all of these qualities to deliver an interesting grand rounds on gait disorders.
Krystof Romanowski, MD
Can you marry a love for marine biology and the excitement for new career in neurology? Graduating senior, Krzysztof Romanowski, MD, did just that when he presented, “An Overview of Marine Neurotoxins.”
Venka Veerappan, MD
Toxins in neurology – a very comprehensive review by our graduating resident Venka Veerappan, MD.
Danoushka Tememe, MD
“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Alteplase vs. Tenecteplase” Breaking up is hard to do? Not so much for our decisive, competent and incredibly focused Danoushka Tememe, MD. The world of vascular neurology is gaining its most avid advocate and talented doctor.

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

Graduation Presents - Residents

William Coleman, 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.

Welcome Reception

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.

 Residents at Welcome Reception 2016  Dr. Browner (center) with our new residents

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 at Thanksgiving 2018
Residents - Holidays Browner Office Door at Christmas


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.

 Neuroscience Trivia Champions