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Emory Neurology Curriculum

Junior Residents (PGY-2)

First-year residents spend the majority of the year gaining experience in the management of inpatient neurologic care while rotating through the clinical services at Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital.  At Emory University Hospital, wh­­­ich draws on a large local and regional referral base, residents rotate on the General Neurology consult service, Stroke service, and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit service.  At Grady Memorial Hospital, junior residents assume primary responsibility for patients on the inpatient neurology service.  In addition, junior residents spend six weeks gaining proficiency in the management of acutely ill patients in the Neurointensive Care Unit.  Outpatient experience is also provided during the PGY-2 year.  Three months are spent gaining experience with subspecialties within neurology, including epilepsy, cognitive/neurobehavioral disorders, movement disorders, and vestibular/neuro-otology.  In addition, there are two and a half months of elective time in the PGY-2 year.

In-house call for junior residents is every fourth night at Grady, and roughly once per week at Emory.

Senior Residents (PGY-3)

The second year is focused toward subspecialty training. Residents in this year spend blocks of time gaining experience in various subspecialties, including neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, neuro-ophthalmology, and pediatric neurology (see complete list below). The outpatient experience is stressed, and residents gain practical experience in EEG and EMG/NCS. Residents also staff the inpatient consult service and the night float system at Grady Memorial Hospital during this year.
Second-year residents provide in-house, overnight support to the junior residents at Grady 1-2 times per month on average, and weekend day support an additional 1 time per month, on average.

Senior Residents (PGY-4)

Residents in their final year are given a major supervisory role on inpatient ward service at Grady and the Emory Hospital consult service.  In this final year residents use the subspecialty skills learned during the second year, and hone their management and teaching skills with the junior residents and medical students. Electives in virtually every area of clinical neurology as well as an unparalleled offering of research opportunities are available.  There is wide flexibility to choose or design electives. 
Third-year residents provide in-house, overnight support to junior residents at Grady less than once a month on average, and weekend day support an additional 1 time per month, on average.

Emory Neurology Rotation & Call Structure


Grady Inpatient 6-7 weeks
EmoryConsult 6-7 weeks
Subspecialties 12 weeks
Neuro ICU at Grady 6-7 weeks
Night float at Emory 6-7 weeks
Elective/Research 10 weeks
Vacation 5 weeks

Call frequency:

  • Grady call averages q4 during your 6-7 weeks of Grady Inpatient
  • Night float covers Sunday through Thursday nights at Emory
  • The rest of the year you are part of the call pool for Emory (averages 2-3x/month)


Grady Consults 6-7 weeks
Grady Night float 6-7 weeks
Subspecialties (includes epilepsy, neuro-ophthalmology, neuromuscular) 12 weeks
Pediatric Neurology 12-13 weeks
Elective/Research 10 weeks
Vacation 5 weeks

Call frequency:

  • Night float covers Sunday through Thursday nights at Grady
  • Rest of the year averages 1-2 overnight calls per month in the Grady call pool
  • No overnight call at Emory



Grady Inpatient 6-7 weeks
Emory Consults 6-7 weeks
Psychiatry 4 weeks
VA 6-7 weeks
Subspecialties 12 weeks
Elective/Research 12 weeks
Vacation 5 weeks

Call frequency:

  • Averages less than one overnight call per month in the Grady call pool
  • No overnight call at Emory

Electives/Subspeciality Rotations

  • Neuromuscular
  • Epilepsy
  • Movement Disorders
  • Sleep
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Vestibular/Neuro-Otology
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Intraoperative Monitoring
  • Pain
  • Pathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Critical Care
  • Interventional/Endovascular
  • Cognitive
  • Research

Teaching Conferences & Rounds

The department sponsors a wide variety of teaching conferences, as well as discrete courses specifically designed for residents and fellows at various stages of training. These include the two-month Summer Lecture Series for first-year residents aimed at promoting the acquisition of basic examination skills and providing the fundamentals regarding the diagnosis and management of common neurologic problems and emergencies and the Neurophysiology Lecture Series for senior neurology residents and neurophysiology fellows. Neurology Grand Rounds is held weekly September through June and is followed by either a Clinicopathologic Correlation Conference or a Basic Neuroscience Lecture.

Additional conferences include:

  • Weekly Neuromuscular Rounds
  • Twice monthly Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference
  • Twice monthly Neuro-Immunology Conference
  • Twice monthly bedside Chairman Rounds
  • Monthly correlational Neuroradiology Conference
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Weekly Epilepsy Conference
  • Weekly Epilepsy Surgery Conference
  • Weekly Stroke Conference
  • Weekly Tumor Board
  • Sleep Conference
  • Neurobehavior Conference
  • Movement Disorders Conference
  • Neuromuscular Pathology Conference
  • Monthly Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Pediatric Neuroradiology Conference
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Conference
  • Pediatric EEG Conference

In addition, a wide variety of basic neuroscience conferences are offered throughout the medical school that residents may attend at their discretion.

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