Residents have the opportunity to participate in three individualized tracks that provide a supplementary experience to the core residency education. Participation is voluntary, and residents may choose to participate in the standard clinical track instead.
Research Academician Track
All UF Neurology residents participate in at least one longitudinal research project, but those residents with a particularly strong commitment a research career may engage in a dedicated research academician track supported by a departmental NIH R25 grant. Residents in this track are identified early during residency and work closely with Dr. Okun, Dr. Ramirez, and the R25 mentorship committee to ensure the development of a strong and feasible research project. 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 protected research time as a PGY4 and additional protected time during fellowship. Due to the bridge nature of this grant, most residents in this track will remain at UF for fellowship. The goal of the track is to assist the resident with in-depth preparation for a successful grant application that will bridge into his or her early academic career, such as 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 by the completion of their PGY2 year, 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.
This track provides interested residents with progressive involvement in leadership activities that create foundations for application in their future careers. Leadership skills are fostered in workshops, online activities, and experiential learning opportunities in a dynamic and resident-centered fashion. Topics include contract negotiation/interviews, billing and documentation, conflict management and problem solving, team building, leadership and management, practice types, emotional intelligence, fiscal management, strategic planning, and cultural humility and diversity.