Conferences

A major part of the Neurology Residency Curriculum is the various teaching conferences throughout the week. Ranging from didactic lectures of distinguished faculty to board review, neuroradiology teaching conferences and practical case conferences, residents gain the knowledge to help practice neurology as well as build a core knowledge base often tested during the ABNP Board Exam. The upcoming resident conference schedule will be published weekly in departmental newsletter.

Please refer to the Neurology Conference Schedule for this week’s list of conferences.

Grand Rounds: (Tuesdays from 11:00 to 1:00 pm, DeWeese Auditorium [MBI LG-101]) The typical format is a speaker will give a lecture during the first hour, then a current case to be presented to an attending who may not know the patient or diagnosis. The residents select the case and the discussant. The resident presents the history, and the attending interviews and examines the patient and discusses the case. Other attendings are invited to comment. Laboratory and imaging data are then provided and the discussion concludes. These lecture formats are accredited for CME.

M&M Conference: Quarterly conference held in place of Grand Rounds. The Chief Resident prepares a presentation of cases reported by each resident based on predetermined indicators (death, hospital-acquired infection, etc.). The Chief Resident reviews the salient features of each case and compares with standards from the literature. The faculty and residents discuss, and recommendations are made for improvements to our practice in quality and patient safety.

Morning Report: (Weekday Mornings between 7:45am & 9:15am.  There are 2 different morning reports – one for the General Service & another for the Stroke Service.) This daily morning conference reviews patients seen after hours by the short call and nightfloat residents, with patients being presented by the nightfloat resident to the inpatient attending for discussion. This conference is attended by all residents on a particular team, rotators, and students on Shands inpatient services and is a wonderful way to learn about inpatient neurological care.

Resident Lecture Series: Daily Monday, Wednesday, Friday from noon to 1 pm in the UF-MBI conference room (L3-101). The resident lecture schedule is prepared by the Chief Resident in consultation with the program directors to achieve the goal of covering all critical areas required of residents. Lectures in these areas cycle every 1.5 years, so that, on average, each resident will have the opportunity to hear each lecture twice during their three years of training. The topics are chosen to cover every area addressed on the Neurology Board Examination and are weighted to correspond with the importance of each area (stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, spine disease, behavioral neurology, pediatric neurology, neurologic emergencies, basic sciences, neuropathology, neuroimaging, as well as neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-urology, neuro-otology, neurorehabilitation, and neuro-oncology). The conference also rotates between basic neuroscience lectures, EMG presentations, EEG presentations, and resident-run research presentations. In addition, neurology residents at the University of Florida will participate in our Neurology Leadership lecture series as leaders in neurology from the international, national, and state levels present the principles of leadership to our residents. Also incorporated into the lecture series is information about health policy and its impact on neurology. We also regularly meet throughout the year for Quality Debriefs, Resident Lab Meetings, and Resident Business Meetings. Quality Debrief is where residents from the inpatient services review quality and patient safety issues and suggest system changes to improve them. Resident Lab Meetings are held to discuss ideas, development, progress, and findings of the residents in the program as they work on their resident research projects. Resident Business Meetings are an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to the Program Director and the Residents in an informal setting.

Other Conferences

Other conferences may be attended when residents are on the appropriate rotation:

Behavioral Neurology: Center for Neuropsychological Studies (Fridays from 1:15 to 2:30 pm, 3rd floor VA conference room). Research is presented by Center faculty, fellows, or invited guests. The format varies: case presentations, informal discussions, prepared debates, and formal lectures are all included.

Dementia Consensus Conference: Tuesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. This is a multidisciplinary conference of neurologists, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, and speech pathologists set up by the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Program to review the diagnostic evaluation of patients with memory and cognitive disorders. Items reviewed including history, neurological examination, neuropsychological testing, laboratory studies, and neuroimaging (both structural and functional). Discussion leads to development of consensus diagnoses for patients from the Memory and Cogntive Disorders Clinics. Attendees will gain valuable insights into how diagnosis is made in subtle and difficult cases of neurodegeneration, related behavioral neurology disorders, and mimics.

Epilepsy Case Conference: Tuesdays, 8:00 to 10:00 am in room R4-133. Residents attend this conference when on the EEG rotation or if a resident patient is to be discussed.

Movement Disorders Clinical Conference: This conference is held every first and third Tuesday of the month from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the MBI, DeWeese Auditorium. It is a multidisciplinary meeting set up by the Movement Disorders Center team and attended by physicians, residents, students and other interested parties such as PT, speech therapy and psychology. Videos of patients with both frequently encountered movement disorders, as well as rare disorders will be shown and discussed. Residents learn about examination techniques, diagnosis, and multidisciplinary management of these diseases. Residents are familiarized with presurgical evaluation for deep brain stimulation and have the opportunity to present their own patients if an opinion from a movement disorder specialist is wished.

Pediatric Neurology Conferences: (mandatory when on Pediatric neurology): Tuesdays 7:30 to 8:00 am (teaching conference) followed by Pediatric Neurology Morning report 8:00 to 9:00 am.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds:Fridays, 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Attendance at Psychiatry grand rounds will be strongly recommended when the topic or speaker is appropriate.

Grand Rounds: (Tuesdays from 11:00 to 1:00 pm, DeWeese Auditorium [MBI LG-101]) The typical format is a speaker will give a lecture during the first hour, then a current case to be presented to an attending who may not know the patient or diagnosis. The residents select the case and the discussant. The resident presents the history, and the attending interviews and examines the patient and discusses the case. Other attendings are invited to comment. Laboratory and imaging data are then provided and the discussion concludes. These lecture formats are accredited for CME.

M&M Conference: Quarterly conference held in place of Grand Rounds. The Chief Resident prepares a presentation of cases reported by each resident based on predetermined indicators (death, hospital-acquired infection, etc.). The Chief Resident reviews the salient features of each case and compares with standards from the literature. The faculty and residents discuss, and recommendations are made for improvements to our practice in quality and patient safety.

Morning Report: (Weekday Mornings between 7:45am & 9:15am.  There are 2 different morning reports – one for the General Service & another for the Stroke Service.) This daily morning conference reviews patients seen after hours by the short call and nightfloat residents, with patients being presented by the nightfloat resident to the inpatient attending for discussion. This conference is attended by all residents on a particular team, rotators, and students on Shands inpatient services and is a wonderful way to learn about inpatient neurological care.

Resident Lecture Series: Daily Monday, Wednesday, Friday from noon to 1 pm in the UF-MBI conference room (L3-101). The resident lecture schedule is prepared by the Chief Resident in consultation with the program directors to achieve the goal of covering all critical areas required of residents. Lectures in these areas cycle every 1.5 years, so that, on average, each resident will have the opportunity to hear each lecture twice during their three years of training. The topics are chosen to cover every area addressed on the Neurology Board Examination and are weighted to correspond with the importance of each area (stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, spine disease, behavioral neurology, pediatric neurology, neurologic emergencies, basic sciences, neuropathology, neuroimaging, as well as neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-urology, neuro-otology, neurorehabilitation, and neuro-oncology). The conference also rotates between basic neuroscience lectures, EMG presentations, EEG presentations, and resident-run research presentations. In addition, neurology residents at the University of Florida will participate in our Neurology Leadership lecture series as leaders in neurology from the international, national, and state levels present the principles of leadership to our residents. Also incorporated into the lecture series is information about health policy and its impact on neurology. We also regularly meet throughout the year for Quality Debriefs, Resident Lab Meetings, and Resident Business Meetings. Quality Debrief is where residents from the inpatient services review quality and patient safety issues and suggest system changes to improve them. Resident Lab Meetings are held to discuss ideas, development, progress, and findings of the residents in the program as they work on their resident research projects. Resident Business Meetings are an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to the Program Director and the Residents in an informal setting.