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Education and Teaching

Educational Activities

The Department of Neurology schedules a wide range of educational conferences. In addition to these departmental conferences, a large number of conferences concerning the neurosciences takes place within the University of Rochester Medical Center. These include conferences in the Departments of Medicine, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Pharmacology, Genetics, and others. Major Neurology Department teaching conferences include the following:

Conferences and Rounds

  • Morning Report
  • Clinical Neurology Conferences
  • Functional Neuroimaging Conferences
  • Pediatric Neurology Conferences
  • Epilepsy Conferences
  • Neuroradiology Conferences
  • Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Professor Rounds
  • Brain Cutting
  • Journal Club
  • Weekly Resident Business Meeting

Conference Schedule

Monday

  • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.- Morning Report
  • 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. - Attending Rounds
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - Neurology Clinical Conference

Tuesday

  • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.- Morning Report
  • 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. - Attending Rounds
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - Functional Neuroimaging Conference

Wednesday

  • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.- Morning Report
  • 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. - Attending Rounds
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - EEG Conference

Thursday

  • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.- Neuroradiology Conference
  • 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. - Attending Rounds
  • 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. - Professor Rounds
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Neurology Clinical Conference

Friday

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.- Neurology Grand Rounds
  • 10:00 – 10:30 p.m. - Resident Case Presentation
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - Resident Lunch and Business Meeting

Teaching Opportunities

The University of Rochester Department of Neurology is nationally recognized for its innovative medical student curriculum in the neural sciences and in clinical neurology. Neurology residents participate extensively in medical student teaching in both the pre-clinical and clinical strands of the curriculum. Residents also receive training in teaching and evaluating students.

The University of Rochester Medical School implemented a new problem-based curriculum in August 1999. The first-year Neural Science course and the second-year Neuropathology course have been combined with neuropharmacology, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology into a new ten-week problem-based-learning course in the second year titled "Mind, Brain and Behavior." All neurology PGY-4s serve as laboratory and small group instructors in this course and attend all lectures and laboratory sessions. Their participation in this course augments their basic neuroscience knowledge, as well as their teaching skills.

All neurology residents are responsible for teaching the fundamentals of neurology to medical students, neurosurgery residents, anesthesiology residents, and internal medicine residents rotating on the various neurology inpatient and outpatient services. The fundamentals that are taught include the neurological examination, the diagnostic approach to neurological problems, and the care of neurological illnesses.

Additionally, all neurology residents present patients at morning report, Grand Rounds, attending rounds, and conferences.

International Opportunities

Jagiellonian University Medical College - Krakow, Poland

Poland Students

The Department of Neurology has a formal affiliation encompassing teaching and research with the Neurology Clinic at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland.

The Jagiellonian University was founded in 1364 and is situated in one of the most beautiful medieval and renaissance cities in central Europe. Fourth-year residents have the opportunity to travel to Krakow for four weeks to teach neurology to a group of Polish medical students at the university.

University of Navarra School of Medicine, Pamplona, Spain

Spain Group Photo

The University of Rochester has a formal affiliation encompassing teaching with the University of Navarra School of Medicine in Pamplona, Spain.  The University of Navarra was founded in 1952 and is situated in Pamplona, a beautiful medieval city in northeast Spain and the historical capital city of Navarra.  One fourth year resident has the opportunity to travel to Pamplona with Dr. Józefowicz for two weeks to teach neural sciences in English to Spanish medical students at the university.

The University of Zambia’s University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka and Chikankata Hospital in rural Mazabuka and Malawi (Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre)

Birbeck Africa

Department of Neurology faculty, as well as faculty in the Neuroradiology Division of Imaging Sciences, have adjunct appointments and ongoing research programs in Zambia (The University of Zambia’s University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka and Chikankata Hospital in rural Mazabuka) and Malawi (Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre).  With advanced planning, interested PGY-3 or 4 residents can undertake a tropical neurology or neuroradiology elective in sub-Saharan Africa under the supervision of UR faculty and local specialists. Residents will have the opportunity to provide neurologic services to one of the most underserved regions of the world while also gaining first-hand clinical experience caring for conditions rarely seen in the US such as cerebral malaria and tetanus.

Rural visits AfricaThis rotation has a public health focus, which strives to facilitate trainees’ appreciation for the many non-medical factors impacting the health of the population while framing the learning and service delivery experience within the appropriate geopolitical and socioeconomic framework. Rotating residents will also contribute to the medical education of local trainees, while also participating in the UR research programs during this rotation.