Department of Neurology

Program Details


Program Details


Mission and Vision

The University of Missouri—Kansas City Department of Neurology, in collaboration with its clinical partners at St. Luke’s Hospital, Truman Medical Center, Research Medical Center, and Children’s Mercy Hospital, aims to create an Adult Neurology Residency Program, which builds the strengths necessary to graduate well-rounded neurologists. The program has been carefully designed to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes leading to proficiency in all domains of clinical competency.

Basic Program Overview

The UMKC Neurology Residency program is a categorical program consisting of a four-year educational experience. The PGY1 year will provide broad clinical experience in general internal medicine through the UMKC Internal Medicine Residency Program. Three years of intensive neurology-focused experience will follow in the PGY2-4 years at the affiliated hospitals: St. Luke’s Hospital, Truman Medical Center, Research Medical Center, and Children’s Mercy Hospital. UMKC will serve as the sponsoring institution.

Neurology residents will obtain broad clinical experience in all areas of inpatient and outpatient neurology. Rotation experiences will include Stroke/Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Inpatient General Neurological Consultations, Child Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Neurointerventional Radiology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, Psychiatry, and Movement Disorders. There will be substantial elective time for additional clinical and academic development to include Neuromuscular Medicine, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-oncology, Research, and other Independent Study opportunities.

Educational development will be fostered through a rigorous didactic program. One half-day each week will be dedicated solely to resident education. Through interactive lectures each half-day will explore neurological topics from different perspectives, including neuroanatomy and localization, clinical neurology, basic science, and board review. Regularly scheduled Journal Clubs and Grand Rounds will complement the educational program.

The clinical sites will host a Morning Report for their rotating residents on a regular basis. Morning reports will emphasize the development and refinement of the skill of presenting patients in an accurate, thorough, and efficient way. Evidence-based clinical care of particular patients will be discussed during Morning Report.

In addition to leading these didactic activities, attending physicians will be actively engaged with residents in clinical settings. Bedside teaching and teaching on rounds are highly valued and will serve to create then reinforce the foundation of each resident’s clinical competencies.