Neurology Subspecialty Electives


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Electroencephalography (EEG)/Evoked Potentials

Directed by Tulio Bertorini, M.D.

Residents may elect to spend additional months in EEG/Evoked potential training and/or research at Methodist University Hospital, Regional Medical Center or at the VAMC. The elective increases the Resident's practical experience while expanding his understanding of basic electrophysiological concepts behind the EEG and Evoked Potentials. The Resident reviews all daily adult EEGs and evoked potentials under the supervision of Dr. Adamolekum or one of his associates. Pediatric EEGs are read with Dr. Wheless or one of his associates at Le Bonheur. Residents attend the weekly Epilepsy Clinic at the Regional Medical Center. Residents research the primary literature to address questions that arise regarding specific patients.

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Movement Disorders

Directed by Ronald Pfeiffer, M.D. and Mark LeDoux, M.D., Ph.D.

During the Movement Disorders elective, the resident receives in-depth exposure to the clinical management of Parkinson's disease, dystonia, ataxia, essential tremor, and other movement disorders. The Resident receives instruction in The resident assists in weekly Movement Disorders clinics at the Semmes-Murphey Clinic, UTMG and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. The resident is exposed to Parkinson's Disease Support Groups, thus gaining further insight regarding the impact Parkinson's disease has upon both patients and families. Videotape review sessions are held during the rotation. The resident is encouraged to complete a research/review project as a part of the rotation. For those residents interested in exposure to basic laboratory research, special arrangements can be made.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Directed by Michael Levin, M.D.

The resident learns outpatient and inpatient management of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinationg diseases. The Resident assists in the weekly MS clinic at Semmes-Murphey. There is opportunity to perform a chart review and make suggstions regarding the management of MS patients at the Medplex Clinic and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. The resident is encouraged to complete a research/review project as a part of the rotation.

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Sleep Disorders

Directed by Amado Freire, M.D.

Residents may elect to spend one months in the Sleep Disorders Center of the VAMC. The four bedroom complex contains overnight polysomnographic and video-EEG monitoring instrumentation. Residents diagnose and treat patients with insomnia, excessive sleepiness, narcolepsy, sleep apnea and a wide variety of other medical and psychiatric sleep related disorders. Over the course of the month, the Resident learns to conduct full evaluations, including the initial interview and laboratory testing, diagnostic formulation and treatment plan, and the preparation of a final report.

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Neuro-ophthalmology

Directed by Andrew Lawton, M.D.

The elective exposes Residents to a wide range of systemic and neurological disorders with ophthalmologic manifestations. Residents perfect their skills at history taking and examination of the visual system. They are introduced to a variety of specialized techniques including indirect ophthalmoscopy, slit lamp biomicroscopy, automated threshold perimetry, contact lens examination of the fundus, red lens testing for diplopia, and the use of Lancaster red-green goggles. They refine their bedside funduscopic exam and learn to use specialized instrumentation for a more detailed funduscopic evaluation. They perform and interpret a number of visual field tests. The Resident evaluates patients in a private referral practice and consults from Methodist University Hospital, Regional Medical Center and Le Bonheur. Each Resident prepares one or two cases for the monthly Neuro-ophthalmology conference. Residents attend Ophthalmology Grand Rounds and Neurology Grand Round devoted to Neuro-ophthalmology topics.

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Neurosurgery

Directed by Clarence Watridge, M.D.

Neurology Residents rotate through the Neurosurgical Service either at the Methodist University Hospital, the Regional Medical Center or the VAMC. They see new patients and assist the neurosurgeons in their initial evaluation and implementation of a therapeutic plan. They scrub in on their cases as observer/assistants and participate in their post-operative care. They attend the weekly Neurosurgery conferences, including Semmes-Murphey Case Conferences, VAMC Neuroradiology Conference, Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, and monthly Morbidity/Mortality Conferences.

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Neuro-Geriatrics

Directed Mark Brint, M.D.

Residents treat a large variety of neurologic and medical problems unique to the elderly on the Geriatrics Unit of the VAMC. This includes problems with ambulation, dementia, incontinence and behavioral disturbances. The Resident may wish to visit long-term care nursing homes in the community to see how medical care is provided locally to the neurologically impaired elderly patient.

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Contact Us

Andrei V. Alexandrov, M.D.
Chairman
Department of Neurology
Semmes-Murphey Professor

Department of Neurology

855 Monroe Ave, Suite 415
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6199
Fax: (901) 448-7440

Paula Odom
Adult Neurology Residency
Training Coordinator

Phone: (901) 448-6661
Fax: (901) 448-7440
E-Mail: podom@uthsc.edu