curriculum



NM3

MGH ER

[This section is described by the current residents, for our future residents. It has been edited only for clarity, not content. We encourage you to discuss this section with the current neurology residents if you have any questions.]

This is the year to finalize and develop your career path. It is also the year to hone your neurological skill-set. With the most freedom of all of the years, but also the most responsibility, it is both challenging and rewarding. You will have duties related to being a chief resident for the pediatric neurology residency. Three months are spent as the VSC consult service senior, in which you supervise the adult neurology rotator in addition to any other residents or medical students on the team. Additionally, you will spend 2 blocks in outpatient pediatric neurology and the rest of the time in elective.

Sample Schedule for NM3 (PGY-4) Year

July August September October November December
VSC Consult Service
(mentoring the
NM2 resident)
Outpatient block Elective
(e.g. Neuropath)
Elective
(e.g. Neuropath)
Elective
(e.g. Psychiatry \ Rehab)
Elective
(e.g. EMG and Neuroradiology)

January February March April May June
VSC Consult Service
Senior Resident
Outpatient block VSC Consult Service
Senior Resident
Elective
(e.g. International travel elective)
Elective
(e.g. research)
Elective
(e.g. research)


Our view of the workload:

This year represents a clear paradigm shift from learning to teaching. You are now the chief resident and while you are still learning, there is a lot more teaching responsibility and our role is often supervisory. It's not a tough year in terms of hours, but now we're in charge. In addition, with graduation looming, the value of the unstructured elective time increases dramatically, as we develop skills for our future career tracks or spend time strengthening our weaknesses.