Didactics & Conferences

Neurology Resident Core Curriculum

resident core cirriculumThe neurology resident curriculum consists of 5 hours per week of required conferences which take place daily at noon. The curriculum has been designed to cover clinical and basic science topics emphasized by the board examination as outlined by the American Academy of Neurology. Lectures are given by faculty members from various departments within the University on a 12-month cycle. Many of these lectures are recorded and are available on line for individual study.


Morning Report

Morning report is conducted Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. and Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. This consists of a resident-led discussion of an interesting case, precepted by an attending. 

Division Conferences

Each division hosts their own lecture series that are geared towards fellows and attending in that division.  Many of these conferences are held at noon-time (in place of the Resident noon conference) or on Thursday mornings.  Residents are encouraged to attend these whenever possible.  These include:

  • Epilepsy Fellow Conferences
  • Neuromuscular Conferences
  • Movement Disorders Conferences
  • Behavioral Neurology Conferences
  • Stroke Conferences

Neurology Grand Rounds

This conference is scheduled for Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Speakers include faculty from within our department as well as invited speakers from other departments at MUSC and outside our university.


resident research photoResident participation in research is encouraged. Residents in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of training are required to present it at our annual Robert J. Adams Neurology Research Day, which occurs each year in May. Presentations range from case reports to basic science research, retrospective chart reviews, and in some cases prospective clinical trials.Those who anticipate pursuing a career in academic medicine have the option of devoting up to six months of elective time to pursue a more complex project. Emphasis is upon clinical research and novel features of patient disorders, with opportunities to participate in clinical therapeutic trials. Recent resident projects have included:

  • Detection and treatment protocols of nonepileptic seizures.
  • Functional neuroimaging in Epilepsy.
  • Prediction of outcome following epilepsy surgery.
  • Study of cardiac physiology during Complex-partial, GTC, and Nonepileptic seizure activity.
  • MRI based assessment of atherosclerotic plaque composition in cerebrovascular disease.
  • Predictors of outcome following intracranial hemorrhage.
  • Clinical utility of APOE4 genotyping in dementia patients.
  • Predictors of clinical response to disease-modifying therapies in multiple sclerosis.
  • Posterior Circulation Large Vessel Occlusions are Associated with Longer Door-to-Groin Time
  • Resident Tele-education using the Zeriscope Device
  • Mapping the Neural Basis of Declarative Verbal Memory: Evidence from Mesial Temporal Lobe Lesions
  • Seizure Comorbidity Increases Odds of 30-Day Readmission after an Index Hospitalization for Sepsis
  • Advanced Cardiac Imaging in Patients with Ischemic Stroke. When to Scan?
  • The Diagnostic Utility of Ambulatory EEG Following Nondiagnostic Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Admissions