Integration and Innovation
Neurology residents at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona participate in an integrated curriculum that includes courses taught by world-renowned neurologists, teleconferenced to each Mayo Clinic site. Our didactic program is one of the strongest in the nation because all faculty members are intimately involved in the training. Unlike some programs in which senior level faculty are less visible, our faculty members conduct training across the spectrum of their careers.
- Neuroscience Course. Under the auspices of the American Academy of Neurology, Mayo Clinic neurologist Eduardo Benarroch, M.D., has designed and directs a neuroscience course that can be attended by neurology residents from across the United States. He also oversees the neuroscience training for Mayo Clinic neurology residents at all three sites. His neuroscience course is carried by satellite from Minnesota to residents in Florida and Arizona.
- Evidence-based medicine. Evidence-based medicine is taught by national experts Dean Wingerchuk, M.D., and Cumara O'Carroll, M.D., M.P.H., at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona through the Mayo Clinic Arizona's Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, Research, Informatics and Training Center (MERIT) program. Its goal is to foster the lifelong critical thinking skills needed to evaluate research findings that impact patient care.
MERIT conferences are integrated into Neurosciences Grand Rounds every several months. A trainee, a faculty member from one of the three sites with expertise in the topic area, and a MERIT faculty member lead a patient-based satellite presentation that takes participants through all aspects of the evidence-based medicine process. The peer-reviewed summary is available on Mayo's intranet and is often published in The Neurologist, giving residents an opportunity to publish in a scholarly journal before they complete their program.
Patient-centered clinical training
Clinical practice is as necessary to residency training as didactics. Every patient is unique, and it is through hands-on experience and supervision that both patient and educational needs are served.
A highlight of Mayo Clinic's Adult Neurology Residency is its depth of clinical experience combined with an excellent mix of routine and esoteric neurological disorders. You are given ample time to see patients and discuss cases with the supervising physician. Close clinical supervision continues to foster the reciprocal learning between supervisors and trainees that characterized the early days of Mayo's neurology program.
While the core clinical training and all subspecialty training is available at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, you may choose to rotate to another site for a particular training or research experience. Rotations are available at Mayo Clinic sites in Minnesota and Florida.
Moonlighting is permitted for licensed residents only when you do not have clinical responsibilities (during research time or vacation time, for example).
You are required to become certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). ACLS courses are held during the last week of June, before the start of the academic year. An evening ACLS course also is offered every three months to facilitate re-certification.
During your residency, you frequently prepare case study presentations. You present pertinent information from an interesting case and conduct an in-depth discussion of that case, using evidence-based material.
You are given an opportunity to gain experience in a number of administrative capacities during your training. Class representatives meet with the Neurology Residency Committee each month to improve the program. Additional committees led by residents focus on improving all facets of resident training.
To expand your knowledge of the field, and enable you to connect to the larger neurology community inside and outside of Mayo Clinic, you have opportunities to:
- Participate in department committees
- Serve on institutional committees
- Actively participate in national professional organizations
For example, three of the recent past chairs of the American Academy of Neurology's Consortium of Residents and Fellows have been Mayo Clinic trainees.
Research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. Your projects will depend on your interests and background. Research opportunities are divided into two broad categories: clinical and basic science laboratory research.
You have access to Mayo Clinic's world-renowned medical records system for clinical research. During your residency, you will conduct at least one clinical research project, publish the results, and make at least one regional or national presentation.
You have the opportunity to supervise and teach Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine students and visiting student clerks through bedside instruction and formal didactic lectures.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, your performance is monitored carefully during the Adult Neurology Residency. You are formally evaluated by supervising faculty members after each clinical rotation and meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met.