Our residents gain their clinical training through a combination of inpatient and outpatient rotations, conferences, formal didactics, and peer-to-peer teaching. There are many opportunities to engage in medical education at the student and resident level. A great advantage of the UCLA program is the broad and deep education in clinical neurology afforded by the diversity of training sites and faculty size. This diversity provides the foundation for our special interest tracks, which are optional and can be chosen as early as the beginning of PGY-2 year (Research, Education, EDI/Advocacy and Global Neurology) so residents can craft their own career direction---the opportunity to “choose your own adventure”. Some of the weekly educational activities are listed below:
- Anatomy of the day
- Morning Report
- Grand Rounds
- Resident Didactics
- Brain Cutting with Neuropathology
Each resident is paired with a faculty mentor, selected for their commitment to resident education and matched based on the resident’s interests. In addition, we have developed a peer-support network of resident “families”, where residents from each year of training benefit from each other’s advice and encouragement. Attendings on the inpatient service also provide mentorship, encouragement, and feedback on a casual but frequent basis.