Our residents work in four different health care facilities in the region, each of which provides a unique training opportunity.
The University of Kansas Hospital is a more than 650-bed hospital that is the major teaching hospital for the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) and for the Department of Neurology. It is THE secondary and tertiary referral center for the state of Kanas and a level one trauma center. The hospital recently added three new floors to its Center for Advanced Heart Care, with the 32-bed Neurology ward on the eighth floor and the 24-bed Neurological-Neurosurgical ICU on the ninth floor. Six video-EEG machines are used for prolonged monitoring. The nurses on these wards are trained in the care of patients with neurological disorders and are part of the Stroke Rapid Response assessment team. A new Cambridge Tower is scheduled to open in November 2017. It is set to house Neurology, Neurosurgery, and ENT. While connected to the main hospital by a bridge, this building will have a dedicated neuroimaging suite with interventional radiology, operating rooms, and NICU.
The main outpatient clinic location of the Department of Neurology is in the Theo and Alfred M. Landon Center on Aging located two blocks north of the main hospital campus. Most of our faculty are housed in this building. We average over 2,600 outpatient visits each month utilizing 24 clinic rooms, two EMG machines, two combined EMG/EEG/evoked potential laboratories, and a procedure room for muscle and skin biopsies. A three-bed unit for sleep studies is housed nearby in the Clinic and Translational Science Unit.
The School of Medicine's main classrooms are on the campus along with the School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions. These include the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy and the Master's programs in Public Health and in Clinical Science.
While each hospital has its own library, the Archie Dykes Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center has an extensive collection of journals, both electronic and traditional. Currently there is electronic access to more than 13,000 journals through the University's library system and off-site access is easily available using a proxy login to the campus servers. The Ziegler library in the Landon Center houses a collection of textbooks, reference texts, and key journals for access by our residents while in the Landon Center.
The Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a 125-bed facility acute care hospital designed to serve our veterans. Our service provides neurology consults and staff the neurology clinics. Intensive care for neurology patients is available in the medical intensive care unit (MICU), coronary care unit (CCU), and surgical intensive care unit (SICU) as needed under the primary supervision of pulmonary/critical care or cardiology staff physicians. Outpatient evaluations are conducted in the Silver Clinic, which provides eight well-equipped rooms. There are three rooms for EMG/NCV studies and two rooms for EEG and evoked potential studies. Clinics are held five half-days each week.
Located in nearby historic Leavenworth, the Leavenworth Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a 75-bed acute care facility with a large domicile area for veterans with chronic illness. The neurology service is primarily inpatient consults, clinic, and clinical neurophysiology.
Children's Mercy Hospital is a 296-bed children's hospital located five miles away from our main campus, in Kansas City, Missouri. It is the main teaching hospital for our sister program in Pediatric Neurology. This hospital serves as the secondary and tertiary referral center for pediatric patients for Kansas, western Missouri, and eastern Nebraska. The pediatric neurology team consists of 12 faculty pediatric neurologists, pediatric neurology fellows, an adult neurology resident, a pediatric resident, and a variable number of medical students. Inpatients are primarily managed by the pediatric ward services, with the neurology team providing consults, ED evaluation, and an active outpatient service.
This is the main teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is adjacent to Children's Mercy. Beginning in July 2015, our residents rotate with neurology consult and clinic services. Residents can also work with their neuro-intensive care physicians, neuro-behaviorists, neuro-physiologists and neuro-radiologists. This current academic year marks the end of our affiliation as they start their own neurology residency program.