Curriculum and Rotations
The curriculum of the pediatric endocrinology training program is designed to fulfill the educational goals of clinical education, research, teaching and lifelong learning. Each area involves several teaching methodologies, including one-on-one teaching, "hands-on" education, independent study and formal didactic sessions.
A typical rotation schedule includes the following rotations:
Child and adolescent neurology (inpatient and outpatient)
Adult neurology (inpatient, clinic and electives)
Core clinical neurophysiology
The first rotation is in child neurology so you can become oriented to Nemours and the Division of Neurology. Your time is divided between the inpatient and outpatient services. You also attend a course in basic neurology through afternoon teleconferences that are shared between Nemours and Mayo Clinic.
The adult and child neurology rotations are integrated throughout the three years. In the first year, you have seven months of adult and three months of child neurology. In the second year, there are three months of adult and three months of child neurology. Finally, in the third year, you have two months of adult and six months of child neurology.
Child neurology inpatient services
During hospital rotations at the adjacent 160-bed Wolfson Children's Hospital, you admit and care for patients on the neurology service and provide neurological consultations for the general pediatric service, pediatric intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties and the emergency department.
You gain experience with a wide variety of acute and subacute neurological diseases, from common to unusual pediatric neurological problems. The neurology inpatient service at Wolfson includes adult and child neurology residents, pediatric and at times family practice residents and students. Child and adolescent neurology residents are expected to coordinate team activity and participate in teaching of more-junior residents and students.
Child neurology outpatient services
The child neurology outpatient clinic serves both primary and consultative patients from other pediatric services. All patients are seen under the supervision of an attending child neurologist. You have the opportunity to see and manage a broad spectrum of pediatric neurological problems, and you gain experience in the evaluation and treatment of common and unusual neurological disorders in children and adolescents of all ages. In addition, you have an opportunity to work in our Neurocognitive Testing Center with our neuropsychologist and school psychologists to participate in the assessment of children with a diverse array of developmental, learning, communication and cognitive disorders.
Throughout your residency, you have your own child neurology continuity clinic for one-half day every other week. In the second and third years of training, your pediatric continuity clinic is one-half day every week. This allows you the opportunity to follow a panel of your own patients over a period of several years under the supervision of an attending pediatric neurologist.
Adult neurology inpatient services
During your inpatient assignments, you evaluate neurological disorders in a state-of-the-art inpatient setting, including the neuro-intensive care unit. You also learn to evaluate and treat neurological emergencies in the Mayo Clinic hospital emergency department and participate in daily teaching rounds.
Adult neurology outpatient services
While on outpatient rotations, you evaluate patients with common and unusual neurological conditions. You participate in daily case discussions and have outpatient education opportunities on special outpatient teaching services.
Core clinical neurophysiology
During the first two months of your second year, you and all the Mayo Clinic adult neurology residents in Florida have an intensive clinical neurophysiology rotation. This assignment includes didactic instruction and practical experience in the basics of:
- Autonomic function testing
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Evoked potentials
- Nerve conduction studies (NCS)
- Interventional stroke
- Epilepsy surgery
After completing this rotation, you can spend elective time in EEG, EMG or the sleep neurology services.
In your second year, you spend one month with the Division of Psychology and Psychiatry at Nemours, where you are exposed to an array of inpatient and outpatient psychological and psychiatric disorders.
You have nine months of elective rotations to use throughout your residency. Typically, you have one month of elective in the first year, three months in the second year and five months in the third year. In addition to further training in child neurology, you have many elective options in clinical, laboratory specialty and research at Nemours, Mayo Clinic's Florida campus and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
The call schedule is different for each rotation. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).