Weekly Resident Conferences

Regular conferences
Mon, Tues, Thurs 12–1 p.m. Core Curriculum Neurology residents
Wednesday 78 a.m. Cerebrovascular Conference Stroke, Neurosurgery, and Neuro-IR
Wednesday 89 a.m. Neuromuscular Teaching Conference Neuromuscular
Wednesday 9:3011 a.m. Alzheimer's Center Meeting Behavioral Neurology, Psychiatry
Wednesday 121 p.m. Grand Rounds Neurology Department
Wednesday 12 p.m. Epilepsy Patient Management Conference Epilepsy, Neurosurgery, Neuropsych, and Neuroradiology
Wednesday 1 2 p.m. Brain-Cutting Conference Neuropathology
Wednesday 2:30 p.m. Forensic Brain Cutting Neuropathology
Thursday 121 p.m. Neuro ICU Conference Neurology and Neurosurgery
Thursday 4:30 p.m. Muscle/Nerve Biopsy Neuromuscular and Neuropathology
Friday 8 9 a.m. EMG Case Conference Neuromuscular
Friday 121 p.m. Unwin Conference Neurology residents
Friday 12 p.m. Neuro-Oncology Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, Rad Onc, Neuropath, Neuroradiology
Friday 2 p.m. Rosenberg Rounds (Professor's rounds) Residents and students
Special conferences
(not weekly)
4– 5 p.m. Basic Neuroscience Neurology, Neuroscience

Neurocritical Care Lecture Series

Every other Thursday at noon, the Critical Care faculty and fellows provide journal club and a review of neurocritical care topics.

Muscle/Nerve Biopsy Conference

A review of histopathology slides from cases over the past week. This is a unique opportunity to look at the pathology of muscle or nerve and discuss the differential diagnosis. Excellent neuropathologists and neuropathology fellows lead the discussion using a multi-head microscope. Cases from both adults and children (Children's Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children) are included. This is the critical way to learn normal muscle and nerve pathology and understand the difference between a congenital myopathy, muscular dystrophies, and myositis.

Cerebrovascular Conference

This multidisciplinary conference reviews neuroimaging from a perspective of vascular intervention. Most of the cases deal with aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations. It is a great conference to attend to learn cerebrovascular anatomy and management since stroke, vascular neurosurgery, and interventional neuroradiology services attend the conference. It is also a fairly relaxing conference.

Neuromuscular Teaching Conference

A potpourri of things from neuromuscular pathology to journal club to teaching NCV/EMG. The material can be overwhelming, but as you progress and get exposed to the material, the understanding obtained through the conferences is near a fellow-level!

Epilepsy Patient Management Conference

This is a unique multidisciplinary conference where patients with difficult-to-treat epilepsy are discussed. Video EEGs and neuroimaging including 3T MRI and SPECT scans are reviewed and discussed. Surgical planning, including neuropsych testing, WADA, and grid placements are discussed with the listed subspecialties.

Brain-Cutting Conference

This is a great conference to attend to learn neuroanatomy. Since it takes place at the Parkland Memorial Hospital morgue, the brains that are cut are from autopsies being done on recently deceased patients. The patients are from Parkland or Children's Medical Center. Usually two brains are cut. The learning is unique since you are able to stand right next to the specimen and evaluate what various pathologies look and feel like. The neuropathologist leads the discussion. Topics discussed are embryology, pathophysiology, radiology, and at times clinical management.

EMG Conference

A nice case review of nerve conduction studies and electromyograms. This is another opportunity to get fellowship-level training during residency. EMG and nerve conduction studies performed during the week are reviewed. The neurophysiology fellows review the findings and the faculty point out the finer points of electrodiagnostic medicine. Attend this conference a few times, and you'll want to do a neurophysiology fellowship.

Resident Teaching Conference

An extremely high-yield conference with several rotating formats:

  • Review of neuroanatomy using a clinical neuroanatomy text (such as Localization In Clinical Neurology or Neurological Differential Diagnosis.)
  • Movement disorder video conference. You've got to see it to know it.
  • Case vignette conference – great preparation for the in-service RITE exam as well as for the board exam.
  • Journal club with evidence-based medicine teaching. Lunch is provided by the Residency Program on Fridays.

Neuro-Oncology Conference

A multidisciplinary conference that discusses the management and/or outcomes of neuro tumor cases. The case presentations are comprehensive and include patient's history and physical, neuroradiology, histopathology slides of any biopsies/resections, and treatment outcome with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Attending this conference is a great way of reviewing brain tumors.

Neurology Professor Rounds

A special conference led by world-renowned neurologist Roger Rosenberg, M.D. Dr. Rosenberg is past Chair of Neurology at UTSW, past president of the AAN, and is current editor of the Archives of Neurology. During this conference, a patient whose diagnosis is uncertain is presented to Dr. Rosenberg. As the history and physical exam is conveyed to Dr. Rosenberg, he speaks his thought process and approach to developing a differential diagnosis, which helps to develop our own acumen. The second part of the hour is dedicated to Dr. Rosenberg examining the patient in real life. As he examines the patient, he discusses pathological findings in terms of neuroanatomical localization. The last part of the hour is dedicated to narrowing the differential diagnosis and discussing the pathophysiology and management of a few of the differential diagnoses. It is a worthwhile conference to attend as Dr. Rosenberg is not only a great clinical neurologist but also a wonderful historian of neurology.

Basic Neuroscience Lecture Series

This conference is sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience and includes internal and invited outside speakers. The topics are basic neuroscience research ranging from molecular mechanisms to cellular/tissue electrophysiology to behavior and human research applications. This is a great opportunity for research-oriented residents to keep up with developments in basic science or to identify a mentor for research experiences.