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Didactic Curriculum

The goal of our didactic curriculum is to supplement our residents’ clinical educational experiences. Our faculty, residents, and fellows have put together lecture series that are engaging, interactive, up-to-date, and evidence-based. 

Didactics occur each weekday at noon. 

The following lecture topics are presented throughout the academic year:

Behavioral/cognitive—faculty members from the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry cover a wide range of topics including neuropsychological testing 

Cerebrovascular/neurocritical care/neurointerventional surgery—combination of case presentations, didactic topics, journal club, updates on acute stroke trials at UIHC and Comprehensive Stroke Center parameters

Child Neurology—faculty members and fellows discuss core topics 

Epilepsy—epilepsy basics, pharmacology, EEG interpretation, multidisciplinary epilepsy surgery conferences (neurology, neuropsychology, neurosurgery, EEG technicians)  

Grand Rounds—weekly event showcasing the Department of Neurology faculty members’ research (basic and clinical) as well as patient care and educational initiatives, UIHC faculty members from other departments, national and international guest speakers

Movement Disorders—core topics including botulinum toxin injection practice 

Neuroanatomy— monthly lecture series covering core topics

Neurogenetics—didactic topics presented by faculty members and genetic counselors, quarterly live patient conferences 

Neuroimmunology—lecture series including case presentations, didactics and pharmacology of disease modifying therapies.

Neuromuscular—lecture series covering neuromuscular basics and case conferences, EMG/NCS didactics and workshops 

Neuro-oncology—Tumor Board (neurosurgery, neuropathology, and neuroradiology), lecture series including case presentations and didactics.  

Neuro-ophthalmology—case conferences throughout the week in addition to lectures throughout the year

Neuropathology—Clinical-Pathological Case Conference (CPC) presented by both Departments of Neurology and Pathology, weekly muscle/nerve biopsy path review, weekly brain cutting 

Neuroradiology—monthly meetings, interesting cases presented by neurology and radiology residents and fellows with both neurology and neuroradiology faculty discussants  

Neuroscience—presenters include faculty members and basic researchers from the Department of Neurology and Iowa Neuroscience Institute, CNS-TP residents present their research updates 

Sleep medicine—multidisciplinary lectures series (Departments of Neurology and Internal Medicine)


Sample Didactic Schedule


Noon to 1 p.m. (first 3 weeks)

Cerebrovascular Neurology Conference

Noon to 1 p.m. (fourth week)

Movement Disorders Conference

Noon to 1 p.m. (every other week)

Epilepsy Surgery Conference



7 to 8 a.m.

Neuro-oncology Tumor Board

Noon to 1 p.m.

Grand Rounds



7:30 to 8 a.m.

Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference

Noon to 1 p.m. (first week)

House Staff Meeting

Noon to 1 p.m. (second week)

Movement Disorder Conference

Noon to 1 p.m. (third week)

Neuroanatomy Lecture

Noon to 1 p.m. (fourth week)

 Interesting Case Presentations, Localization Rounds.



7:30 to 8 a.m.

Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference

Noon to 1 p.m. (first, second, and fourth weeks)

Neurology Subspecialty Lecture (Epilepsy and Cognitive Neurology series)

Noon to 1 p.m. (third week)

Neuroradiology Conference



7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Muscle Pathology Review

Noon to 1 p.m. (first, second, and fourth weeks)

Neuromuscular Medicine alternating with Neuroimmunology

Noon to 1 p.m. (third weeks)

Various topics (psychiatry, child neurology)