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Introduction to Neurology Residency: A course for Virtual Observership in Neurology to provide guidance and peer collaboration for International Medical Graduates
The purpose of this enduring material is to make you comfortable with the clinical environment in Neurology such as the various components of the Neurology department in the US, facilities used, residents' life and responsibilities, introduction to some sub-specialties, and some introduction to UNMC and Omaha, Nebraska.
The aim of this course is to create a virtual experience of Observership in Neurology and create a community of interaction among Residency Candidates. The course is responsive and adaptive and additional content would continuously be added throughout the year and in response to your suggestions.
Nothing can truly replace an actual experience of Clinical Observership at UNMC in person, however, an effort is being made in this course to provide some familiarity with the experience and covering some of the essential parts of the experience such as facility tours and residents experience of rounding and learning. There is a vast number of resources at our disposal and at times it’s not even clear what would be useful for an observer which leads us to make this course grow organically through the feedback of the community that joins the course.
Although CoVID related restrictions and limitations have pushed us to do this course now; we have been thinking of building this experience since much earlier given the number of applications we were receiving and our limited capacity of accepting observers. At best of times, we were only able to accept 1% of the applications we were receiving and there were times even less than that.
This is a non-CME course and is designed more of an experience rather than a course. As you join you will see it in its birth, and it will grow with you over the year. A non-CME certificate of attending the course can be offered once you have spent 20 hours within the course as tracked by CANVAS.
- Provide familiarity with the core aspects of what a clinical observer is exposed to during an in-person rotation such as our facilities, schedules, residents' clinical and learning experience.
- Provide a limited alternative experience to in-person experience given environment due to CoVID-19 and our decreasing capacity to accept applicants.
- Develop a community of learning of Residency applicants with knowledge sharing and constant growth.
This enduring material is intended for a broad audience primarily the current or future Residency Candidate interested in applying to a Neurology Residency program in the United States specifically those who are International Medical Graduates and especially so if they have not had any in-person experience in the US residency system.
Due to HIPAA regulations, this course does not provide live interaction with patients or actual patient rounds. There are cases to discuss with recordings from patient visits but no live case discussions. There will be weekly case discussion meetings (optional) between course participants and once a month meeting with the course faculty (optional) including question-answer sessions that will be live on the Zoom platform.
- Introductions to Various Visiting programs at UNMC
- Living and Working in Omaha and UNMC
- Additional courses and resources
- UNMC Faculty messages
- Experience of Residency Program at UNMC
- Clinical Skills education
- Neurology Subspecialties
- Neurology Grand Rounds
Click the names to find out more about the faculty.
This is a NON-CME activity and NO CME credits will be awarded for the activity.
After completing all the requirements by going through the whole course you will be issued a Certificate of Completion for the course. You will have access to the course for 90 days to complete all requirements for the certificate.
All materials are included with the permission of the authors. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and some of the material may be copyrighted and nothing should be copied or shared on other platforms including social media.
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We have completed a pilot 6 months trial of the program and then conducted a survey among the participants with some of the results and comments shared below. We have completely redesigned the whole course based on the extensive feedback we received. We might repeat the process once a year to continue to update and improve the course. The next proposed update will be March 2021.
Some of the individual comments are shared below:
“A good opportunity in covid times when you cannot avail USCE, introducing neurology and its subspecialties, a direct contact through WhatsApp group, it's not only confined to watching videos only we get so much guidance regarding match, research, interview skills, etc. A direct zoom meeting every month..”
“As a medical student from Pakistan, this really helped me get an understanding of how the US healthcare system works and also the fact that I can directly talk to senior doctors like Dr Bhatti which gives me an insight about the residency process. Moreover, talking & listening to people from many different countries really helped broaden my mind and gave me exposure to different opportunities that I couldn't have found here in Pakistan”
“It is a good experience. Meeting people who are in the same boat, sharing experiences and knowledge is great.”
“They should join this course because it's a great virtual online observership experience to have. We get to interact with wonderful people and learn a lot from each other under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Danish Bhatti. It's really informative and everyone should be a part of it.”
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