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Rotation Descriptions

Clinical rotations in the Adult Neurology Residency offer exposure to a diverse patient population and both common and uncommon neurological disorders. 

Adult neurology inpatient and outpatient services

During your inpatient rotations, you learn to evaluate and treat neurological emergencies in the Mayo Clinic hospital emergency room. You also evaluate a wide variety of neurological disorders in the inpatient setting, including the intensive care unit. You participate in teaching rounds each day in the hospital.

While on outpatient rotations at the clinic, you evaluate patients with both common and unusual neurological conditions. You participate in daily teaching and case discussions as well as have numerous outpatient educational opportunities.

Child and adolescent neurology

Mayo Clinic has a formal affiliation for teaching and research with Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville. Your training in caring for children and adolescents occurs under the direction of the pediatric neurology division.

During PGY-3 (two-month rotation) and PGY-4 (one-month rotation), your child and adolescent neurology assignments are divided between hospital and outpatient clinic services. You gain experience dealing with acute and outpatient pediatric neurological disorders. You also learn the appropriate evaluation of neonatal, infant, child, and adolescent patients with neurological disorders.

Clinical neurophysiology

During PGY-3, you spend two months in a clinical neurophysiology rotation. This assignment includes didactic instruction and practical experience in the basics of: 

  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Evoked potentials
  • Autonomic function testing
  • Polysomnography

After completing this rotation, you can choose to spend additional elective time in the EMG lab if desired.


During PGY-4, your psychiatry assignment is divided between hospital and outpatient clinical services. During this rotation, you participate directly in the evaluation and decision-making for patients referred to psychiatry. You learn the psychological aspects of the patient-physician relationship and the importance of personal, social, and cultural factors in disease processes.

You also learn the principles of psychopathology, psychiatric diagnosis and therapy, and the indications for and complications of medications used in psychiatry.


You have seven elective rotations during your residency. In addition to further training in adult or child and adolescent neurology, your elective options include, but are not limited to:

  • Autonomics
  • Behavioral neurology
  • Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Clinical epilepsy and epilepsy monitoring unit
  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Headache
  • Movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis and demyelinating diseases
  • Neurointensive care
  • Neuromuscular
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuro-otology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Pain medicine
  • Palliative care
  • Research
  • Sleep disorders
  • Speech pathology
  • Telestroke