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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. 

Neurology trainee-centered didactics occur every weekday at noon (except Tuesdays and Fridays). All sessions are either virtual or hybrid with selected lectures recorded for review. (see list of topics below)

Grand Rounds (Tuesdays at noon)—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

NEW!—monthly didactic session designed for residents

  • Selected high-yield topics for clinical practice
  • Two hours of protected time (pager/call coverage by faculty and fellows)
  • Included board review

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 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)—speakers come from our department and other departments within the University of Iowa as well as invited guests from other institutions to discuss, gain understanding and appreciation of DEI issues in our society 

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

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

NeuropathoNeurology fellows discuss fellowship experiences with residents.logy—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)