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Didactics, Research and Case Presentations

Educational Mission Statement: The educational mission of the Department of Neurology is to provide an optimal educational environment to prepare the neurology resident for the independent practice of clinical neurology. An experienced faculty with board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with subspecialty expertise (and certification) in all major disciplines of neurology, ensures, through close supervision, that neurology residents receive extensive exposure to the basic neurosciences and clinical skills.

The program director and neurology faculty ensure that patient care responsibilities are balanced with teaching to enhance the educational experience of the neurology resident. Our residents are trained to communicate effectively with their patients and families in a caring and respectful manner. Residents are trained to apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies, assessing diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness. They learn how to practice cost-effective health care and allocate resources without compromising care quality.

Didactic schedule

Weekly conferences:

Monday Morning Report with Dr. Gary Gronseth:

Following each Monday's Morning Report, residents handoff patients from the weekend under the supervision of Dr. Gary Gronseth or Dr. Richard Dubinsky. 

Neurological Examination:

Tuesday mornings from July through November Dr. Dubinsky reviews DeMyer's The Neurologic Examination: A Programmed Text, sixth edition, with the PGY2 residents. The department purchases this text for the residents.The format varies from discussion to drawing anatomical diagrams and small group discussions.

Basic Science Lectures:

Over the year the residents present to each other 40 half-hour lectures on the basic sciences of Neurology. These are on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Dr. Dubinsky's Reading Series:

Each Wednesday morning the residents and Dr. Dubinsky go over chapters from Bradley's Neurology in Clinical Practice, which is available at no cost to the residents through the Clincal Key program at Dykes Library. This is part of our two-year curriculum covering all of Neurology. The format includes discussion, small group assignments, Readiness Assessment Tests (RAT, quizzes) and team-based learning.

Core Curriculum Lectures:

The faculty present 30-minute talks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning covering the core curriculum in neurology.

Thursday Morning Report with Dr. Dubinsky:

Residents and students present recent cases for discussion.

Friday Morning Case Conference:

From 7-8 a.m. both Neurology and Neurosurgery residents present cases for discussion by the joint faculty. View Case Presentation videos here.

Friday Morning Grand Rounds:

From 8-9 a.m. lectures on current research and topics are presented by KU and visiting faculty from around the world. View Grand Rounds videos.

Monthly Lectures

Core Competency Lectures:

These are provided by the Graduate Medical Education committee from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

Neuro-ophthalmology Conference:

These are presented on the fourth Thursday each month by Thomas Whitaker, MD, JD.

Pediatric Neurology Conference:

A core curriculum in pediatric Neurology is provided by the faculty of the Department of Pediatric Neurology at Children's Mercy Hospital on the first Thursday of each month.

Evidence-Based Medicine Journal Club:

On the fourth Thursday of each month, Gary Gronseth, MD, Vice-Chair of Neurology and senior Evidence-Based Methodologist for the American Academy of Neurology selects an article for review with the residents. Emphasis is placed on understanding the inherent biases in clinical trials and in helping the residents to make their own conclusions when looking at medical literature.


Over a two-year cycle the faculty cover the core curriculum, as developed by the Education Subcommittees of the AAN, with the residents. Core subjects include: Cerebrovascular diseases, Clinical neurophysiology, Critical Care, Dementia, Epilepsy, Genetics, Geriatrics, Headache, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuro-endocrinology, Neuromuscular, Neurological infections, Neuro-oncology, Neuro-rehabilitation, Pain, Sleep and Women's Issues.

The History of Neurology lecture schedule and articles can be found here

Research Day

Our department was the first at KU to have a yearly research presentation by all residents from level PGY-2 through fellowship. All residents and fellows present a 15-minute platform presentation in which the PGY-2 residents usually present case reports and PGY-3 and PGY-4 resident presentations are hypothesis driven. Yearly didactics on clinical research are given by Drs. Gronseth and Dubinsky. An award is given for the best research for each level.

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018