The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Neurology Residency Program continues to attract outstanding physicians from the United States and around the world for state-of-the-art training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system.
Thirty-two adult neurology residents train in the four-year program, which begins with one year of internal medicine residency and then proceeds for three years of full-time training in neurology. Resident trainees receive detailed instruction and practical daily experience in the technique of the neurological examination, localization of abnormalities in the nervous system, differential diagnosis, and neurological investigation and therapeutics. For a solid underpinning of basic neuroscience for their clinical training, our residents are taught neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroradiology, neuropathology, neuropharmacology as well as retrieval and analysis of current medical information. There has been an increased emphasis on the fundamentals and application of evidence-based neurology with a special emphasis on the use of online data for decision-making assistance. Under the direction of an outstanding faculty of attending neurologists, residents assume progressive oversight of patient care during the course of their training.
During the last two years of training, ample elective time allows each resident to develop skills and expertise tailored to his or her particular interests, while the core curriculum assures a high degree of competency in general neurology. The residents are given multiple opportunities to teach via formal lectures, small group conferences, and grand rounds presentations, activities which begin to prepare them for careers in academic neurology. The vast majority of the graduating residents pursue fellowship training and careers in academic neurology.