The residency training program in Neurology is the only Neurology training program in the state of West Virginia. It is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
The WVU Neurology Residency Program offers 5 categorical positions. A strong background in internal medicine is provided in the first year followed by 36 months of neurology training.
The Stroke Program at WVU Healthcare is a well-coordinated team of practitioners with a strong affiliation with basic/translational and clinical research groups, involving Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Interventional Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry and multiple hospital departments. WVU Hospitals and the stroke team have received the AHA Gold Plus Award for the last 2 years and also the Target: Stroke Award - the only hospital in WV to receive the later. The Stroke Working Group meets weekly, reviewing clinical issues (performance and quality improvement issues, morbidity/mortality) and research protocol design/implementation as well as grant application procedures. There is a monthly departmental stroke meeting where all cases of stroke intervention are reviewed. Residents play a crucial role on the stroke team, being first responders to stroke pages, and are strongly encouraged to be involved in the Stroke Working Group, research including designing their own studies. Currently, the Stroke Working Group is involved in 11 clinical research studies, 4 of them being NIH funded trials.
WVU Hospitals Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center in Morgantown is West Virginia's only American College of Surgeons nationally verified Level 1 trauma center. The residents have exposure to a wide variety of neurological disorders in inpatient and outpatient setting with varying pathologies and severity of illness. The hospital has a huge catchment area with patient referrals from West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland.
Resident education and growth is emphasized throughout the training period with faculty exposure on a daily basis on all rotations. Most residents have publications and/or poster presentation at local, regional or national meetings and are funded to attend at least 1 national meeting during their residency (see resident achievement). Residents have the opportunity to work with faculty member on research projects in their field of interest. They are actively involved in the teaching and supervision of medical students and other residents.
Inpatient setting including wards, consults, epilepsy monitoring unit and pediatric neurology train the residents to care for patients in an acute and sub acute setting. Residents get ample exposure to outpatient neurological setting through their weekly continuity clinic, 9 electives and 6 subspecialty clinic rotations. On all rotations residents complete their patient care duties most often by 5:00 PM except the on call resident. In the weekly continuity clinic residents manage their own patients, with faculty guidance and have the opportunity to follow them for the entire training period. All of these experiences will train the residents to practice neurology independently and without supervision.