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 Jacobs Medical Center and VA Medical Center La Jolla service. 

Two 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 2 months is spent on the EEG/epilepsy service. This rotation is based primarily at the Thornton Pavilion Epilepsy Monitory Unit. About half the time is devoted to reading electroencephalograms, evoked potentials, and video-EEG telemetry studies.

Residents also see patients in the VA and UCSD Medical Center epilepsy outpatient clinics.  Three months are typically spent on the inpatient services. On those rotations the resident enhances clinical management skills and begins to develop supervisory skills.

Third Year of Residency (PGY 4)

During the third year of training each resident generally has at least a 4 months as senior resident on the inpatient services. 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.