Mentorship & Education

Education

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 can be chosen at the end 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
  • Procedures

PGY-2s in Didactics
PGY-2s in Didactics
General Neurology Team in the Resident Workroom
General Neurology Team in the Resident Workroom
Residents Crafting the Circle of Willis with Pipe Cleaners
Residents Crafting the Circle of Willis with Pipe Cleaners

Mentorship

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.


Resident and faculty mentor
Resident and faculty mentor
Resident and faculty mentor

Daily Schedule

A typical inpatient work day is from 7am to 5pm. Twice weekly before rounds a resident will present anatomy of the day followed by morning report with faulty attendance or brain cutting with the neuropathology department. On Wednesday mornings from 9am to 1pm the junior residents attend grand rounds and resident didactics while the senior residents on service hold the pagers. Sign-out occurs at 5pm at which time each junior resident on service will alternate “long call” which occurs from 5-7pm prior to the night float resident arrival. Overnight coverages occurs through a night float system from 7pm to 7am at UCLA Ronald Reagan hospital and an overnight home call system from 5pm to 7am at the VA and Olive View Hospitals. 

Our 4+2 system allows for two-week outpatient rotations to gain exposure to and explore various neurology subspecialties. The outpatient daily schedule is generally 8am to 5pm though varies by clinic. PGY-2 residents rotate through continuity clinics, movement disorders, headache, neuro-oncology, neuro-otology, neurogenetics, neuromuscular, neuro-ophthalmology, ataxia, immunology, stroke, and neurobehavior clinics at all of the training sites. During this rotation residents gain additional procedural practice in the resident LP clinic, botox clinic, and EMG neuromuscular clinics. There are also incorporated half-days for self-study and admin time. As a PGY-3 and PGY-4, the schedule allows for generous elective time to further develop individual interests and hone neurology clinical skills.