Curriculum, Rotations, Electives

Our program was awarded five-year accreditation by the ACGME, attesting to the high quality educational content of our clinical and didactic curriculum.

House officers on the stroke service cover a six-bed stroke unit and evaluate all vascular neurology patients in various settings throughout the hospital; and manage critically-ill patients in our several intensive care units. The general neurology service residents evaluate patients for non-stroke consultations and manage patients admitted to the neurology unit, including a four-bed epilepsy monitoring unit. Senior neurology residents have great flexibility rotating through a wide variety of subspecialty experiences. Senior residents also assume more responsibility in directing and teaching junior residents and medical students.

Residents get significant exposure to outpatient neurology through designated monthly rotations in general neurology and subspecialty electives. This is supplemented by a continuity clinic in which residents acquire and follow their own, recurrent patients throughout the three years of their training.

Much of the PGY2 year is spent taking care of patients on the neurology service and performing consultations in the inpatient setting. The remaining time as PGY2 consists of rotations in general outpatient neurology and psychiatry.

Senior neurology residents at Cooper will rotate through subspecialty elective experiences in neuromuscular disease, movement disorders, epilepsy, and others. Cooper’s position as the only tertiary referral center in South Jersey provides residents with exposure to patients with diverse and unusual problems that offer exceptional educational experiences in various subspecialties. Our epilepsy, neuromuscular, and movement disorder programs enable residents to participate in the care of patients with complex disorders, as well as large volumes of more typical neurological conditions. Cooper’s deep brain stimulator, botulinum toxin programs, stroke program, and epilepsy monitoring unit attract referrals from many local providers and hospitals.

Neurology Didactics

There are a variety of daily conferences providing essential basic science and clinical instruction. The didactic curriculum is very flexible and topics are adjusted frequently in response to the needs and interest of the residents. As a group, our residents consistently perform above average on service exams and feel confident and well-prepared to take their board exam. Bioethics, finances of medicine, and other contemporary subjects are integrated into the curriculum to provide residents additional interesting, relevant, and useful information which also includes:

  • Clinical reasoning cases
  • Basic science discussion
  • Journal club
  • Case presentation
  • Neurology grand rounds
  • Clinical pearls
  • Epilepsy surgery conference
  • Stroke performance improvement
  • Stroke boards
  • Neurovascular case conference
  • EMG conference

Required Rotations

  • Inpatient neurology service
  • Consult service
  • General outpatient neurology
  • Child neurology
  • Psychiatry

Electives

  • Neuromuscular/electromyography
  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Neurosurgery
  • Epilepsy/EEG
  • Neuro-critical care
  • Pain management/headache
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuro-radiology
  • Research