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Training Information

Here are all the details you need to know about our residency training program.

We strive to offer the best possible educational experience for our residents while engaging in leading-edge research in the neurosciences and providing outstanding patient care. We accomplish these goals with the support of our distinguished faculty and committed staff and through our partnership with The University Kansas Health System and our affiliate training sites.

Our comprehensive four-year Neurology residency program includes a preliminary year (PGY-1) of training in internal medicine. This preliminary year is supervised by program directors in both the Department of Neurology and the Department of Internal Medicine.

The preliminary year's core curriculum is identical to the First Year Categorical Medicine for residents.

For more information, see the Neurology Residency Handbook and look at our current rotation block diagram.

As a four-year integrated program, the first postgraduate year is included in the residency match program. This traditional categorical medicine training is shared between the Neurology and Internal Medicine residencies as well as the Internal Medicine Service at the Kansas City VA Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The major objectives for the first year of training are:

  • To develop proficiency in the evaluation and management of hospitalized patients with acute and sub-acute illnesses.
  • To become proficient in basic medical procedures.
  • To pass USMLE Part 3.

The first year of neurology training is weighted toward teaching the resident patient care responsibilities. Here are some of the skills our residents learn during this year of training.

  • Perfect their neurological exam
  • Evaluate patients with neurological problems
  • Develop a plan of evaluation
  • Initiate treatment

As the year progresses, residents achieve greater levels of autonomy and take more responsibility in teaching medical students and residents rotating on the neurology service.

The major objectives for this year of training are:

  • To develop proficiency in the neurological interview and examination.
  • To use these findings to generate a broad differential diagnosis starting with the most likely diagnosis.
  • To understand the appropriate use of clinical and laboratory testing, and their indications, cost, specificity and sensitivity. Residents also learn how to prioritize the tests based upon the ordering of their differential diagnosis, the prevalence of disease states and the likelihood ratio of the tests.
  • To triage, stabilize and manage patients presenting to the Emergency Department with acute neurological disease.
  • To competently perform lumbar punctures.
  • To learn how to coordinate and supervise a clinical team as well as partner with allied health team members to optimize patient care.
  • To conduct appropriate literature searches and understand electronic patient information systems.
  • To explain information about patients' disease and prognosis to patients and families in a clear and respectful manner.
  • To understand gross and microscopic pathology and correlate it with clinical and neuroimaging information.

Training activities and sites
This year includes the following training experiences and affiliate sites:

  • University of Kansas Health System
    • Neurology Ward
    • Stroke
    • Consult
    • Night float and clinic services
  • Kansas City VA Medical Center
    • Clinic
    • Consult
  • Leavenworth VA Medical Center
    • Combined consult and clinic service
  • Elective

This second year of neurology training continues to refine the resident's abilities in patient care and also educates the resident about the specialized skills required of a neurologist. Elective time is individualized based on the resident's career plans.

The main objectives are:

  • To further refine the neurological interview and examination and to demonstrate a problem-focused approach.
  • To demonstrate a broadening fund of knowledge in neurological disease.
  • To develop skill in reading electroencephalograms and evoked potentials.
  • To acquire proficiency in reading neuroimaging studies.
  • To teach and manage a clinical team with medical students and residents from other programs rotating on service.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the principles of evidence-based medicine.
  • To learn the basic principles of research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
  • To make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient preferences, current scientific evidence and clinical judgment.
  • To understand the performance, utility and limitations of electrodiagnostic studies.
  • To work effectively as a neurological consultant and be responsive to the patient's referring physician(s).
  • To develop and to sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients.

Training activities and sites
This year includes the following training experiences and affiliate sites:

  • University of Kansas Hospital
    • Ward Supervisor
    • Consult service
    • Night float/clinic
    • Neuro ICU
  • Kansas City VA Medical Center
    • Consults and clinics
  • Children's Mercy Hospital
    • Pediatric neurology (three continuous months)
  • Leavenworth VA Medical Center
    • Combined clinic and consult service with introduction to clinical neurophysiology
  • Electives

The final year of training is weighted toward rounding out the resident's education with continued exposure to the disciplines of pediatric neurology, psychiatry, and elective time, though two to three months are also spent on consult services. Elective time is individualized based on the resident's career plans.

The learning objectives are:

  • To demonstrate an increasing ability to function independently as a neurologist.
  • To demonstrate an extensive fund of knowledge of common neurological disorders, some familiarity with rare disorders, and the ability to research the differential of a rare disorder based upon his or her own clinical evaluation.
  • To provide advanced teaching of neurological disorders and exam techniques and to mentor junior neurology residents.
  • To demonstrate sensitivity to pediatric patients and their families, and understand the different needs of the pediatric patient and their parents.
  • To demonstrate proficiency in reading EEGs, neuroimaging studies, and performing EMG/NCV studies.
  • To complete a research project with faculty guidance and present it in a scholarly fashion.
  • To apply the methods of evidence-based medicine to the analysis of medical literature.
  • To learn and make the best use of different services provided by ancillary members of the pediatric health care team, including developmental specialists, geneticists, and behavioral psychologists.
  • To develop their career path through seeking and evaluating job opportunities in fellowships and in practice.

Training activities and sites
This year includes the following training experiences and affiliate sites:

  • University of Kansas Health System
    • Consults
    • Psychiatry (one month as required by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology)
    • Neuropathology/Neuroradiology
  • Kansas City VA Medical Center
    • Consults and clinics
  • Electives


  • Away elective
  • Clinic rotation
  • EEG
  • EMG
  • Epilepsy sites
  • Evidence-Based Medicine Scholar (inpatient rotation to assist Wards, Stroke and Consult teams)
  • Intra-operative monitoring
  • Movement disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
  • Neuro-behavior
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuro-pathology
  • Neuro-radiology
  • Neuro ICU
  • Research, Clinical or Basic Science

Training summary

  • Internal Medicine - 12 months
  • Clinical adult neurology - 25 months (including two months of Neuro ICU)
  • Child neurology - 3 months
  • Neuropathology/neuroradiology - 1 month
  • Psychiatry - 1 month
  • Elective - 6 months


  • The University of Kansas Health System
    • Two residents share night float for a month and a senior resident is on a 24-hour call on weekends and holidays
  • KC VA Medical Center home call
    • Every third week
  • Neuro ICU call
    • Shared with mid-level providers and residents in Anesthesia and Neurosurgery
  • Children's Mercy Hospital home call
    • Every third night

Longitudinal clinics

  • Half day each week for PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 with every other week in a subspecialty clinic
  • Faculty supervision changes for each level
  • Typical workload
    • PGY-2: (first six months) 1 new, 2 returns
    • PGY-3 and PGY-4: 2 new, 3 follow-ups
  • The University of Kansas Hospital patients assigned to clinics
  • Referrals from The University of Kansas Health System and outside clinicians

Research Day

The lectures are part of our two-year curriculum covering adult neurology using the American Academy of Neurology's Continuum and the curricula developed by the specialty sections of the American Academy of Neurology.

Our department was the first at KU Medical Center to have a yearly research presentation by all residents from PGY-2 through fellowship.

  • All residents and fellows present a 15-minute platform presentation
    • PGY-2: Usually case reports
    • PGY-3 and PGY-4: Hypothesis-driven project
  • Yearly didactics on clinical research
  • Awards are presented for best research for each level
KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Mailstop 2012
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6970
Fax: 913-588-6965