How well does neurology residency mirror practice?

Can J Neurol Sci. 2005 Nov;32(4):472-6. doi: 10.1017/s0317167100004467.


Objective: To report the residency training experience of two neurologists, focusing on setting and diagnoses encountered.

Methods: Data from prospective patient logs kept by the authors during residencies completed a decade apart were compared with each other and the literature.

Results: The range of diagnoses was broadly similar between residencies, as were the proportions of common or uncommon disorders, and the proportion of cases without a neurological diagnosis. Although most patients were seen in in-patient settings, the rates at which common neurological conditions and functional disorders were seen was comparable to published experiences of community neurologists.

Conclusions: The diagnostic profile of North American neurology residency appears to be relatively stable, regardless of location or date of training. In several respects, the content of current neurology residencies mirrors clinical practice well. Changes to residency training are doubtless needed, but they should be guided by a clear understanding of the experiences of contemporary trainees.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Neurology / education*
  • Professional Practice*