Third Year (PGY 4)
Third year residents rotate through Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as Clinical Chief Residents on both the Stroke Service and the General/Epilepsy Service. The chief resident on service runs the neurology inpatient service, supervising both the ward and consult residents and the medical students rotating through the neurology service. It is a unique opportunity for the chief resident who is responsible for the co-ordination of rounds and the teaching program to the residents and students.
Residents also take Neuropathology in the third year, during which they prepare cases for Neuropathology Conferences and teach their fellow residents high-yield topics. In addition, residents have the opportunity to spend one term as a teaching assistant in the Human Nervous System and Behavior course at Harvard Medical School. The remainder of the third year includes outpatient clinic electives and elective time for a research or teaching projects.
While local electives are available in a wide variety of academic pursuits, one month of rotation time away from campus is permitted in the third year. Furthermore, two of the third year residents will be chosen as Administrative Chief Residents, and they will share the responsibility for preparing the night call, weekly conference, and Grand Rounds schedules.