Residents have the opportunity to participate in individualized tracks. This is a supplementary experience – those who participate should expected to receive the same strong clinical training that is the fundamental core of any residency program. Participation is also voluntary, and many residents simply choose to participate in the standard clinical track instead.
Research Academician Track
All UF Neurology residents engage in at least one longitudinal research project, but those residents with a particularly strong commitment to a research career may pursue a dedicated research academician track supported by a departmental NIH R25 grant. Residents in this track are identified early during residency and participate in small-group educational workshops to develop their academic interests. They also work closely with Dr. Okun, Dr. Lavoie (Neurology Associate Chair of Research), and the R25 mentorship committee to ensure the development of a strong and feasible research project by their PGY3 year. Residents in the research track spend a greater number of elective rotations focused on research than most UF Neurology residents, including six consecutive months of 80% protected research time as a PGY4 and additional protected time during fellowship. Due to the bridge nature of this grant, residents granted the R25 are expected to remain at UF for fellowship, unless a specific mentor at another institution is identified and approved at the time of grant application. The goal of the track is to assist the resident with in-depth preparation for a successful early academic career, with intended application for a NIH K-award or equivalent.
Medical Education Track
Residents in the medical education track complete the full longitudinal Residents as Teachers (RasT) curriculum offered by the University of Florida during the PGY1/PGY2 years, then engage in a formal departmental teaching elective under the supervision of Dr. Chuquilin (Neurology Clerkship Director) and Dr. Patterson (Residency Associate Program Director). During the teaching elective, residents will refine their teaching skills through practical experience instructing both UF medical students and residents by leading the case-based Neurology Morning Report, clerkship practice-based learning cases, afternoon teaching rounds on the wards, lumbar puncture simulations, and formal clerkship lectures. Residents in the medical education track are expected to participate in this elective at least 2-3 times during the latter two years of their residency, to allow time to refine their teaching skills and demonstrate growth between sessions based on learner feedback.