University of Mississippi Medical Center is an exciting place to train in neurology. The faculty is a unique blend of experienced clinicians and basic scientists with varied backgrounds and subspecialty interests. Under the guidance of Dr. Alissa Willis, the department promotes excellence in the care of neurologic patients, the education of students and resident physicians, and the clinical and basic investigation of neurologic disease.
The Department of Neurology at UMMC has a strong clinical program that serves a large and diverse patient population. Members of the department care for patients both at University Hospital and at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital. Both hospitals have strong referral bases with active inpatient and outpatient services that expose trainees to a broad range of neurologic conditions. It is not unusual for residents to be the first to recognize and diagnose neurologic conditions.
Applicants to the first postgraduate year of training (PGY1) must enter the UMMC neurology residency program through the National Registry Matching Program (NRMP). The department offers 4 (four) positions per year. Applicants to PGY2, PGY3, and PGY4 positions may be hired through special consideration by the chairman and residency program director after a written release from the previous program.
Physicians accepted into the neurology residency program perform their PGY-1 year of 8 months of internal medicine and 4 months of neurology. Although the majority of the PGY-1 year is determined primarily by the Department of Medicine, the 4 months of neurology are generally through the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit, Stroke, and General Neurology services.
The neurology residency program emphasizes direct care of adult patients with neurologic diseases in the first year of training. First-year residents are the primary caregivers for adult patients on the UMMC and VA hospital wards. A second-year resident (PGY3) or a third-year resident (PGY4) and a faculty member provide close supervision each month.