Goals & Objectives
The training program is flexible and small enough to meet individual needs of each resident while meeting the core competencies required by the ACGME and the Neurology Residency Milestones. Attending neurologists meet daily for case presentations with residents. Emphasis is placed on bedside teaching. There is an active schedule of conferences, including adult and pediatric neurology, neuroscience, neuropathology, and neuroradiology, Journal club and Case Conference. Every month we also have virtual neurology grand rounds led by experts from across the country. Each resident is expected to complete a research project by the end of the residency.
Clinical Experiences & Rotations
Residents are allowed plenty of autonomy for both inpatient and outpatient services under the supervision of an attending.
We emphasize strong stroke training early with PGY2 residents responsible for running a code stroke from start to finish. Residents are expected to manage a busy general neurology consult service responsible for the hospital and curbside questions from nearby Kaiser Permanente primary care offices and urgent care centers.
The outpatient experience is emphasized during rotations in subspecialty clinics, which include training in sleep disorders, dementia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, headache, neuromuscular disorders, neuro-genetic, and movement disorders. Each resident also attends a continuity clinic one half-day per week. Residents can continue following patients seen in the hospital for continuity of care. Elective opportunities are available as early as PGY2.
The department has an active neurophysiology service, with electroencephalography, electromyography, evoked potential, and polysomnography facilities. Residents work one on one with attendings on procedures and reading electrophysiology studies. Residents obtain in-depth experience in neuroradiology, including interventional radiology, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and conventional and magnetic resonance angiography.
In addition to elective opportunities at our hospital, residents can take elective rotations at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, UCLA, USC, or other approved institutions.
Residents also lead journal clubs, give didactics, and participate in weekly quality improvement meetings.
Because Kaiser Permanente Southern California has a robust EMR system, there are plenty of opportunities for research and quality improvement projects. As a tertiary medical center, we also lead clinical trials ranging from stroke to neuro-oncology. Some residents participate in Regional Research Committee-Graduate Medical Education (RRC-GME) Mentorship Program to further enhance their skillset. Our residents also frequently publish case reports and win local poster awards.