The academic half-day in Canadian neurology residency programs

Can J Neurol Sci. 2004 Nov;31(4):511-3. doi: 10.1017/s0317167100003735.


Background: The academic half-day (AHD) appears to have become widespread in Canadian neurology residency programs, but there is little published information about the structure, content, or impact of the AHD.

Methods: A written questionnaire was sent to the directors of all active Canadian adult and child neurology residency programs.

Results: All 21 program directors responded. An AHD was operating in 15/15 adult and 5/6 child neurology programs. The AHD typically lasts three hours, and occurs weekly, 10 months per year. Most of the weekly sessions are lectures or seminars, usually led by clinicians, with about 90% resident attendance. Course-like features (required textbook, examinations) are present in many AHDs. There is a wide range of topics, from disease pathophysiology to practice management, with considerable variation between programs.

Conclusions: Almost all Canadian neurology programs now have an AHD. Academic half-days are broadly similar in content and format across the country, and residents now spend a substantial portion of their training attending the AHD. The impact of the AHD on how residency programs are organized, and on the learning, clinical work, and professional development of residents merits further study.

MeSH terms

  • Administrative Personnel
  • Adult
  • Canada
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Education, Medical / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration*
  • Neurology / education*
  • Schools, Medical / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / methods