Academic Careers

Education-oriented Faculty

Discover tools specific to Program Directors/Coordinators, Clerkship Directors/Coordinators, Fellowship Directors, Neuroscience Course Directors, and Senior/Junior Faculty.

Tools & Resources

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME): Tools to Help with Milestones. Simply defined, a milestone is a significant point in development. For accreditation purposes, the Milestones are competency-based developmental outcomes (e.g., knowledge, skills, attitudes, and performance) that can be demonstrated progressively by residents and fellows from the beginning of their education through graduation to the unsupervised practice of their specialties.

Evaluating your residents and residency programs. View samples for evaluation your residents and residency programs compiled by peers. These samples are all non-AAN resources.

Career Development

Lecture from the 2014 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting On Demand: Career Development for Clinician Educators 

This 3-part video focuses on planning and execution, working with your chair, and vignettes for how to get started. No CME is provided for viewing this video. This is for informational/teaching purposes only.

FAQS

Q. How To Organize a Basic Science Course? 
Principles of Organizing a Neural Science Course

A competency-based longitudinal core curriculum in medical neuroscience

Q. How to Organize a Neurology Residency Program?
Principles of Organizing a Neurology Residency Program

Sample Residency Training Program

AAMC's Project Medical Education Samples and Templates: Designed to make the production of printed materials, such as invitation letters and handouts, much easier and to assist you in developing a consistent look for your program.

Q. How to Organize a Neurology Clerkship?
Principles of Organizing a Neurology Clerkship

AAMC's Project Medical Education Samples and Templates: Designed to make the production of printed materials, such as invitation letters and handouts, much easier and to assist you in developing a consistent look for your program.

Hear from noteworthy neurology colleagues who do exceptional work and exude high levels of dedication to neurology. A new medical student, resident, fellow, coordinator, or director is featured each month.

Spotlight


 Ehtesham Khalid, MBBS, MRCP (UK), FCPS (PAK)

Ehtesham Khalid, MBBS, MRCP (UK), FCPS (PAK)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Specialty: Neuromuscular medicine

What attracted you to neurology?
I simply love neurology for its continuous challenge for research and learning. I have passion for quality of patient care which brought me into medicine and neurology simply refined my passion.

Do you have a neurology mentor? If so, who and how have they mentored you?
My neurology mentor is Peter D. Donofrio, MD, FAAN, who is a renowned neuromuscular specialist. He helped me greatly in choosing my sub-specialty and inspired me in many ways. He developed a great rapport right from the start and helped me during my residency with all kind of issues. He supervised my training and channeled the feedback from rest of the faculty in a way that I just kept on improving my skills as a clinician. In fact, I owe a lot to him in terms of my training and maturity as a good neurologist.

In what ways have you demonstrated a commitment to neurological teaching, education, and/or community service?
I developed my own ways of communicating with students which was challenging as I was not trained in US system but with guidance of faculty and my mentor I was able to receive "Best teaching resident of the year award". I always have one thought that every single day is a new day and if I have not improved from my last day means I am actually losing. So, I worked hard in every way to learn more, serve more and be humble with juniors and patient. I read a French quote a long time ago, "We can't treat many medical problems (which is true), but we could be humble to patients and help them through their diseases," and I totally agree with it.

Please include here any other accomplishments you’d like to share.
I feel my biggest accomplishment is my rapport with colleagues who are comfortable working with me and my family (wife and parents) who are happy with me. I have always tried to keep balance between my professional and social life. I feel I am lucky so far to keep it somehow.

What advice do you have for trainees or students considering a career in neurology?
I would suggest students to look into their personal interest when choosing their specialty as it is lifetime commitment and if someone does not like it, it's hard to enjoy your job. Best time to do that is during their rotations on that service. We tend to like specialty where we come across someone who impressed us the most but it is more of a personality trait to me. I would suggest residents to concentrate on patients and don't forget their humanistic part while taking part in their care.

 

Elizabeth Joe, MD

University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center
Specialty: Behavioral Neurology

What attracted you to neurology?
I knew about the field of neurology from an early age. My grandfather had myasthenia gravis and wore a pirate eyepatch for diplopia, which he would periodically switch from one eye to the other to see if anyone was paying attention. When I started medical school, I realized I liked the problem-solving nature of localizing the lesion, so it seemed like a good fit. I love that in neurology, with a good exam, we can predict what the MRI will show. It's like having a superpower.

Do you have a neurology mentor? If so, who and how have they mentored you?
I have been fortunate to work with Dr. Helena Chui throughout residency and have learned so much from her especially when she attended on our county hospital consult service. She inspired me to go into behavioral neurology, and I am staying at USC this year for fellowship working with her as well as Dr. John Ringman, who has been my mentor on a research project during residency. I have also learned so much about how to be a compassionate doctor even in difficult situations from all of our stroke/critical care faculty especially Dr. Nerses Sanossian and Dr. Natasha Renda.

In what ways have you demonstrated a commitment to neurological teaching, education, and/or community service?
I served as education chief resident during my final year of residency, leading an effort to assess and restructure our curriculum for resident didactics and organizing our preparation for the RITE exam. This spring I also served on an AAN workgroup to design a survey for graduating residents focusing on plans and training gaps.

Additional accomplishments:
Young Investigator Award, Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Disease Family Conference 2017
AAN Resident Scholarship to the Annual Meeting 2017
Ethel and Reuben Russman Prize in Geriatrics 2013

What advice do you have for trainees or students considering a career in neurology?
Neurology has a reputation in medicine as being a purely diagnostic specialty, but actually, most of what we see on an everyday basis either already have treatments available or are the subject of a lot of exciting research going on right now. Also, don't be intimidated by the neuroanatomy, you just learn it one piece at a time as you take care of patients.


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