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Adult Neurology Residency (Arizona)

Didactic Training

Throughout your neurology residency at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus, you are involved in educational courses. The courses are designed to meet the educational needs of each postgraduate year (PGY) level.


You begin your adult neurology residency in the Transitional Year Residency Program.


  • Academic Half Day (AHD). This 52-week lecture series is aimed at assisting neurology residents in synthesizing all aspects of clinical neurology. It serves as the capstone educational course of the Adult Neurology Residency. Topics come from all major subspecialty areas in neurology, with emphasis placed on details necessary for the independent clinical practice of neurology.

  • Neuroanatomy Course. This three-month lecture series consists of 20 lectures focused on clinical neuroanatomy. This course is taken from October to December of PGY-2. Topics include cerebral cortex, basal ganglia, cerebellum, brainstem, and spinal cord anatomy. Cross-sectional and longitudinal anatomy is emphasized. The course is designed to offer a detailed, yet clinically relevant, review of neuroanatomy.


  • Academic Half Day (AHD). This course is ongoing (see description above).

  • Clinical Neurophysiology Course. A highlight of the residency in Arizona is the clinical neurophysiology rotation at the beginning of PGY-3. This course is a two-month intensive experience in which you learn how to perform nerve conduction studies, EMGs and interpret EEGs. With the exception of your weekly continuity clinic, you are relieved of all patient care responsibilities during this course.

    During the first month of the course, you learn how to perform nerve conduction studies of the major nerves of the face, upper limb and lower limb in hands-on practice groups with other residents and fellows. Once you have demonstrated clinical competence, you perform nerve conduction studies on clinic patients during the second month. Also during the second month, you learn techniques for EMG, and you perform these studies on patients. Emphasis is placed not only on proper technique, but also on correct interpretation of clinical and electrophysiologic data.

    Throughout the course, your afternoons are devoted to learning how to conduct and interpret EEGs. You learn correct electrode placement and have the opportunity to learn correct application techniques through hands-on practice sessions with other residents and fellows. You are given both theoretical and practical instruction on electroencephalogram techniques and interpretation. You independently read and interpret several EEGs on a daily basis throughout course.

    You are also given opportunities to observe autonomic studies, as well as participate in the testing of brainstem auditory, visual, and somatosensory evoked potentials during this course.

    The course is highlighted by daily lectures on techniques, theory, localization, synthesis, and interpretation of EEG, nerve conduction studies, EMG and evoked potentials.
  • Basic Neuroscience Course. This is your second course during PGY-3. The four-month course includes 37 ninety-minute lectures that originate from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and are simulcast between all three Mayo Clinic locations. The course content is basic neuroscience with emphasis on clinical relevance.


  • Academic Half Day (AHD). This course is ongoing each year of your residency.

Ongoing longitudinal course

  • Neuroradiology. Throughout your residency, you participate in a neuroradiology conference twice a month. This conference, directed by our core group of neuroradiologists, focuses on interpretation of normal and abnormal neuroimaging studies.

    Recent and interesting neuroimaging studies are reviewed, and learning points of individual cases are emphasized. Particular attention is paid to identification of neuroradiographic representation of neuroanatomic structures.