After years of conceptual development, we are able to offer a new program that is focused on training the most qualified and skilled residents. As a new program, we are able to offer more individualized attention to our residents, in a collaborative environment, and with highly engaged and skilled faculty, who were each chosen for their clinical and teaching expertise. While our clinical services are rich in pathology, volume and diversity, it is important to point out that our neurology services function efficiently without the support of house-staff, allowing us to emphasize teaching and scholarship.
Institute Model and System Integration
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is an academic medical center with a clinical model developed around multidisciplinary Institutes. The Neuroscience Institute is home to multiple specialty centers, including Epilepsy, Neurovascular, Headache, Sleep, Multiple Sclerosis and Movement Disorders. As the central hospital in a large referral network, residents will be able to participate in the creation of clinical care pathways, systems-of-care development and will develop a nuanced understanding of the complexity of integration of care in a large hospital system. This includes opportunities for process-improvement, clinical practice guideline development and community and regional outreach.
Each resident is assigned a faculty mentor for the duration of their training, to assist in career development, academic success and personal growth.
Residents are expected to formulate at least one research hypothesis and project during their residency. Clinical trial design, basic biostatistics and clinical epidemiology are part of the general didactic curriculum. Each of our faculty have ongoing clinical trials and are engaged in scholarship. Each of our residents will undergo bioethics training and certification during their PGY-2 year in order to be able to participate directly in patient enrollment and trial-related clinical care during their residency. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and Banner provide clinical research support in the form of study coordinators, IRB oversight, statistical, grant writing and contracting assistance. The Phoenix VA has a separate research department with over 100 ongoing IRB approved studies.
Special Program Benefits
Residents will be able to attend one national professional conference during their residency. They will also have a yearly educational book allowance.