The Didactic Experience

There are a number of required didactic experiences: Neuropsychology Case Conference, Neurology Grand Rounds, Professional Development Seminar, Brain Tumor Board, Neuroimaging Journal Club, and Epilepsy Surgery Conference.

The Neuropsychology Resident is expected to attend the weekly Neuropsychology Case Conference, which meets for 1 1/2 hours each week. During the conference a member of the neuropsychology group reviews a case and relevant research. The Neuropsychology Resident is expected to attend the Department of Neurology’s weekly Grand Rounds, which involves presentation of a patient and medical workup followed by a literature review given by house staff and attending physicians. The director of training has a weekly Professional Development Seminar with the residents. This seminar covers a variety of topics including clinical cases, licensure, board certification, and forensic consultation. During this seminar there are series on neuroanatomy as well as neuroimaging. Neuroanatomy is further addressed on an individual basis with readings and observing brain cuttings. The opportunity to learn basic principles of neuroimaging also occurs in the Brain Tumor Clinic, which includes a weekly Brain Tumor Board meeting. This meeting is required during the first year. Neuroimaging is care part of the clinic. Individual training with one of the Attending Neuroradiologists is arranged on an individual basis. Participation in the NeuroImaging Journal Club is required. This conference meets twice monthly and covers a range of research being conducted by the faculty and students in the Center for Advanced Imaging. The resident also attends the weekly Epilepsy Surgery Conference, where surgical candidates are discussed in detail. The Neuropsychology Resident can attend the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry weekly Grand Rounds which are research and clinical topics presented by faculty, interns, residents and visiting guest speakers. Residents are encouraged to attend when topics are relevant. The Neuropsychology Resident will also observe brain cuttings and neurosurgical procedures.

The Resident has the opportunity to observe and learn the neurological examination through Neurology Rounds and/or in the professional development seminar.