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Facts-at-a-Glance

    • Six residents per year in Neurology 
    • One resident per year in Child Neurology 
    • Forty full-time clinical faculty 
    • Five hospitals at the Indiana University and Methodist campuses 
    • The only Neurology and Child Neurology training programs in the state of Indiana 
    • Comprehensive education conference series for residents including Morning Report and subspecialty
        conferences 
  • Complete commitment to neurologic education

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Educational Conferences
Research Opportunities
Facilities

Three-Year Residency Description for Neurology 
Elective Time 
Outpatient Neurology

For more information, please
contact the residency program at: 

Department of Neurology
355 W. 16th Street GH 4700
Indianapolis , IN 46202
phone: (317) 963-7408
fax: (317)963-7533

Neurology Program Director:
Brandy R. Matthews, M.D.

Child Neurology Program Director:
Laurence E. Walsh, M.D.


Link to Office of Graduate Medical Education page for residents and fellows 

Educational Conferences

Residents meet daily, either at Morning Report, during the noon hour, or at 5:00 pm for an educational conference, including lectures in neurophysiology, neuropathology, child neurology, stroke, general clinical neurology, behavioral neurology, neuropharmacology, journal club, and weekly Neuroscience Rounds.

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Research Opportunities
 

The faculty includes 40 full-time and 5 part-time clinical neurologists, and one research scientist, all of whom are dedicated to medical education. There is a long tradition of work in cerebrovascular disease at Indiana University, and the current stroke program is a dynamic, multidisciplinary group with an emphasis on clinical trials for stroke prevention and acute treatment of stroke.  There is a comprehensive center for the study of Alzheimer disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, and ongoing investigational work in the treatment of involuntary movement disorders. The Neuromuscular Program has ongoing interests in electrophysiology and therapeutic trials for treatment of ALS and myasthenia gravis. The Epilepsy Program includes research in electrophysiology, as well as a comprehensive epilepsy surgery component.

In addition, the faculty has particular expertise in neuro-oncology, neurogenetics, neuroimmunology, multiple sclerosis, central nervous system infections, neurofibromatosis, neurochemistry and neuropharmacology, or opportunities for residents to participate in ongoing research.
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Facilities
 

The programs are conducted primarily in the four adult hospitals and the Riley Children's Hospital. One full-time faculty staffs each hospital with the inpatient and consult house staff at each rotation site. Because the patient population of each site is unique, the resident is assured a comprehensive experience in the full spectrum of neurological disorders.

University Hospital of IU Health is a tertiary referral center with patients referred by other physicians from around the state of Indiana. The patients tend to be complex, diagnostically challenging and in need of specialized therapies. University Hospital includes a dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit.

Eskenazi Health Services serves residents of Marion County . The neurologic service consists of common inner-city acute care problems with an abundance of vascular disease, epilepsy and complications of general medical illness. In addition, there are afternoon outpatient clinics emphasizing ambulatory neurology.  Eskenazi Hospital also has a dedicated stroke unit.

Richard Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a designated VA referral center with a broad spectrum of acute and chronic neurologic patients. Two half-day outpatient clinics are offered per week for neurology residents.

Riley Hospital for Children of IU Health is a tertiary referral center for pediatric patients needing specialized treatments.  Our subspecialties include an active Pediatric Stroke Program, an epilepsy monitoring unit, and several subspecialty ambulatory clinics.

Methodist Hospital of IU Health is a large community hospital with patients referred by physicians from around the state of Indiana. The Methodist Hospital service includes several intensive care units, and a large Neurology service. 
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Three-Year Residency Description for Neurology


The Department of Neurology of Indiana University School of Medicine offers a dynamic and comprehensive residency training program accredited and approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for neurology training.

1st year of residency emphasizes clinical evaluation and management at the adult hospitals and the children's hospital, located on the IU campus and Methodist campus. The goal of the first year is to establish clinical competence in general neurology.

2 month rotation at Richard Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center on the inpatient service
2 month rotation at Wishard Hospital on the inpatient service
2 month rotation is dedicated to outpatient neurology at Wishard Hospital
2 month rotation in child neurology at Riley Hospital
4 month rotation at Methodist Hospital on the inpatient consult service

2nd year of residency emphasizes the foundations of clinical neuroscience.

2 month comprehensive course in neuroanatomy
2 month rotation on clinical electrophysiology, during which the time is split between the EMG laboratory and the EEG laboratory
1 month on neuroradiology, working with one of our senior neuroradiologists. The neuroimaging technology includes CT, MRI, MRA, angiography SPECT, PET and interventional techniques.
1 month rotation on psychiatry
1 month rotation on neurorehabilitation
5 months of elective time is generally offered in the second year

3rd year the senior resident neurologist assumes a role with greater decision-making responsibility in the clinical setting. These residents enhance their teaching skills with greater roles in the ward, clinic, and lecture setting.

6 months are dedicated to running the consult service at each of the three adult hospitals (2 months each at University Hospital, Wishard Hospital and Richard Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center)
2 months are devoted to child neurology at Riley Hospital
2 months in the subspecialty outpatient clinics at Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center Outpatient Clinic
2 months for additional elective time
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Neurology Elective Time


Overall, there are seven months of elective time, spread out through the last two years. During elective time, residents often choose to spend additional time in electrophysiology, behavioral neurology, movement disorders, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, research and subspecialty clinics.


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Outpatient neurology


Our department has a strong emphasis on outpatient neurology. Recognizing the importance of managing complex cases, and the need for long-term continuity of patient follow-up, we have established a Continuity Clinic in which residents spend one-half day a week with the same faculty over three years. The Continuity Clinics are located at Wishard Health Services, Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center, and Richard Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center, offering our residents a chance to follow the most interesting patients from each of these hospitals over the course of three years.
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Three-Year Residency Description for Child Neurology  

 
The Department of Neurology, Child Neurology Division, of Indiana University School of Medicine offers a dynamic and comprehensive residency training program accredited and approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for child neurology training.

1st year of residency emphasizes clinical evaluation and management at the adult hospitals and the located on the IU campus and Methodist campus. The goal of the first year is to establish clinical competence in general neurology.

 
2 month rotation at VA Adult Service (inpatient)
2 month rotation at Wishard (county hospital) (inpatient)
2 month rotation is dedicated to outpatient neurology at Wishard (county hospital)
2 month rotation in consults or subspecialty outpatient clinics at Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center Outpatient Clinic
4 month rotation at Methodist Hospital (inpatient)

2nd year of residency emphasizes the foundations of clinical neuroscience.

2 month comprehensive course in neuroanatomy
3 month rotation on clinical electrophysiology, during which the time is split between the EMG laboratory and the EEG laboratory
1 month on neuroradiology, working with one of our senior neuroradiologists. The neuroimaging technology includes CT, MRI, MRA, angiography SPECT, PET and interventional techniques.
1 month rotation on child psychiatry
1 month rotation on child neurorehabilitation unit
4 months of elective time is generally offered in the second year

3rd year the senior resident child neurologist assumes a role with greater decision-making responsibility in the clinical setting. These residents enhance their teaching skills with greater roles in the ward, clinic, and lecture setting.

6 months are dedicated to running the consult service at Riley Hospital
6 months are devoted outpatient child neurology at Riley Hospital
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Child Neurology Elective Time


Overall, there are three months of elective time, spread out through the last two years. During elective time, residents often choose to spend additional time in electrophysiology, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, research and pediatric subspecialty clinics.
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Outpatient child neurology


Our department has a strong emphasis on outpatient neurology at Riley Hospital. Recognizing the importance of managing complex cases, and the need for long-term continuity of patient follow-up, we have established a Continuity Clinic in which residents spend one-half day per week with the same faculty over three years.  In addition, there are a multitude of subspecialty clinics that residents may attend over the residency as well. 
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