Residency Program by Level of Training

First Year of Residency (PGY 2)

The first year of training emphasizes the inpatient care of neurological disorders. Residents have rotations as part of the inpatient service at UC San Diego Hillcrest, or combined UC San Diego Thornton and VA Medical Center La Jolla service. 

Three or four months of the first year are spent on the EMG/neuromuscular service, where the resident performs electromyographic and related studies.

Second Year of Residency (PGY 3)

The second year of training includes 3 months on the pediatric neurology service based at Rady Children's Hospital. Pediatric inpatients and outpatients are seen under the supervision of the pediatric neurology attending physicians. 

Another 3 months is spent on the EEG/epilepsy service ing research with pre-approval). This rotation is based primarily at the Perlman outpatient facility, and about half the time is devoted to reading electroencephalograms, evoked potentials, and video-EEG telemetry studies.

Residents also see patients in the VA, Perlman and UCSD Medical Center epilepsy outpatient clinics.  Two months are typically spent as the senior resident on the combined VA, Thornton inpatient services.  On those rotations the resident enhances clinical management skills and begins to develop supervisory skills. Two months of elective time and the second year allow the resident to continue to pursue individual neurologic interests.

Third Year of Residency (PGY 4)

During the third year of training each resident generally has at least a 2-month rotation as senior resident on the combined VA/Thornton inpatient services and 2-month rotations as senior resident on the UCSD Medical Center inpatient service. These rotations allow the resident to perfect clinical management, supervisory and teaching skills. 

Each resident spends another 2 months on the outpatient clinic rotation, with generally 4 months of elective time available to pursue research or subspecialty interests.