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Mission Statement

The primary goal of the Neurology Residency Program at the University of Iowa is to train resident physicians who, upon graduation, will be competent to independently practice clinical Neurology and therefore satisfy the criteria for American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) board eligibility. Residents are expected to acquire the skills, attitudes and habits that will lead to life-long learning and improvement with a goal of attaining expertise in the field. A secondary goal of the Residency Program is an introductory exposure to the principles of Neurological investigation with the option, should the resident choose, of developing the tools for an eventual academic career.

The Residency Program values diversity. By providing leadership and resources, the Residency Program strives to create a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment for all. 

Residents are advised to focus on three primary guiding principles during residency, and in their career beyond:

  • At all times, do what is best for the patient. Acting in the best interests of the patient will seldom, if ever, result in an adverse action.
  • Treat your colleagues with the respect you would want them to accord to you.  This includes not only physicians, but all members of the health care team, at UIHC and outside.
  • Attend to your physical and mental health; take good care of yourself. You are responsible for your professional and personal development. Set learning goals and periodically monitor your progress. Assess what you’re good at and what you need to work on. Develop the tools for life-long learning. 

These goals are achieved through a balance in educational experiences that are both service-related (care of patients in the inpatient, outpatient and consultative settings) and didactic.  The Residency Program is designed on a model of graduated responsibility, where junior residents receive a greater degree of supervision and senior residents in turn gain more autonomy and begin to develop their own supervisory and leadership skills.