About the Program

Welcome to the University of Iowa Neurology Residency Program!

University of Iowa has a long and celebrated tradition in academic neurology. Our vision is to train world-class neurologists who excel in integrated and evidence-based patient care, research and education. University of Iowa has consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals and employers, and is the largest tertiary care referral center in the state. This allows access to a diverse patient population and training with leading experts in neurology and neurological sub-specialties. Iowa City offers the ideal mix of a small college-town experience with big-city cultural events that make it one of the most livable cities in America.

This is an exciting time to be at University of Iowa with the continued expansion of the neurology department and residency program under the direction of our Chair, Dr. George Richerson, and with the recent creation of a comprehensive and inter-departmental neuroscience center. We are the third oldest department of neurology in the nation, and will celebrate our centennial in 2019 with a symposium and gala planned. We are excited that Dr. Tracey Cho will join the department soon as Vice Chair for Education. He was previously Program Director at Partners (Harvard/MGH/BWH) and brings with him extensive experience as an educator and administrator. We are also planning to move to newly renovated resident work spaces later this year.

Over the past two years and under the direction of our Program Director, Dr. Andrea Swenson, we have expanded the residency program from six to eight residents. This change, in addition to the hiring of several ARNPs, has allowed for additional elective and research time for residents. Moreover, the implementation of an all-night float call system will prevent absences from didactics and inpatient services during the work week. We will continue our popular two-person on-call system with in-house junior and senior residents available at all times. This allows for greater autonomy for the seniors while providing additional support for the juniors. To introduce the rising PGY2 class to the nuances of neurologic practice, and diagnosis and management of neurological emergencies we have started the Neurology Immersion Block. This is a structured in-class curriculum, augmented with buddy calls, to ease the transition from intern to neurology resident. To help improve the continuity of care on inpatient services and outpatient clinics, we have transitioned to a modified x+y schedule.

Didactic time is protected with Grand Rounds every Tuesday, as well as, quarterly neurogenetics mystery case conferences, monthly case conferences, and daily noon conferences with established and well-rounded curricula in neuroanatomy, vascular neurology, movement disorders, neuromuscular medicine, epilepsy, neuroimmunology and cognitive neurology. Grand Rounds lectures are typically given by invited guest speakers who are leaders in the field. Once a month, residents sit down with neuroradiologists and go over interesting cases. The neuroanatomy curriculum is supplemented by in-lab cadaver sessions. We also typically have one to two clinicopathological case conferences (CPCs) every year. Other events to look out for are several named lectureships, as well as, the Annual Sahs and Neurogenetics Symposia just to name a few.

While not required, scholarly activity is highly encouraged. Residents have the opportunity to present at case conferences, participate in mentored research projects, and undertake quality improvement (QI) projects. All PGY3 and some PGY4, with financial support from the department, attend the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting to present their work and learn about recent developments and advances in neurology. We also have the Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (CNS-TP) and the Clinical Neuro-Educator Training Program (CNE-TP) to provide structured training in research and education to select residents. Fellowships are also available in several neurology sub-specialties.

Thank you for your interest in University of Iowa Neurology and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

—Neurology Residency Education Leadership