Letter from the Chiefs
On behalf of the chief residents, welcome to the UNMC Neurology residency!

Here in Omaha, you will find a group of residents of highly diverse educational and personal backgrounds, all of whom have a deep passion for neurology as well as a dedication to hard work, a supportive team environment, and a desire for learning. The program is continuously evolving and improving and there isn't a better time to be in our department.

Though our class size may soon be increasing and our faculty numbers are ever-expanding, we run a close-knit operation where all residents know that they can approach their colleagues and faculty members without hesitation. Our wonderful program coordinators (or "Moms" as they are affectionately called in the resident room) are always there for support, reminders for upcoming deadlines, and strive for anything within their power to make resident life better.

The life of a Neurology resident varies from year to year. As an intern (PGY-1), you will largely be rotating with our Internal Medicine colleagues but will also get the opportunity to spend 3 months with us. This is unique amongst most Neurology programs and will make you feel well-prepared for the next year. PGY-2s hit the ground running with the most time spent on the inpatient Neurology wards (either on the General Neurology or Stroke team), but you will find that it is the year where more learning is happening than you realize. PGY-3s enjoy a less inpatient-heavy schedule with 3 months of Pediatric Neurology as well as more in-depth exposure to EEGs and EMGs. PGY-4s serve as supervising residents on the inpatient service but they also have the most elective time as they prepare for the next step in their professional career, whether they pursue fellowship training or choose to embark on a practice in general neurology. Though only 2 PGY-2s will have alternating traditional 28-hour calls on Saturdays, all residents PGY-2 level and above operate on a night float call system during the week.

Education is a top priority at UNMC. The design of our program is that of an apprenticeship, and our faculty are composed of highly enthusiastic educators. In addition to weekly 2-3 hour didactic sessions, we incorporate learning with weekly grand rounds, monthly journal clubs, and quarterly M&M conferences. This year the chiefs were excited to introduce monthly resident-led case presentations and discussions in the format of the traditional "Morning Report." All residents are also required to participate in a Quality Improvement project every year as well as present their research at an annual department symposium.

Health and well-being are considered not only important, but imperative. On a day-to-day level, you will spend time in our dedicated workroom complete with ample computers, a large-screen TV used for academic (and non-academic) purposes, a couch, mini-fridge, and a Keurig coffee maker. Our private call room has a computer in addition to a department-sponsored extra mattress and MyPillow.

Our residency program offers exposure to a wide range of neurological pathology and a robust potential for research opportunities and academic expansion in the future. Under the guidance of our dedicated faculty and hard-working residents, UNMC has shown time and time again that every graduating resident will feel well-rounded and prepared to independently practice in the field of Neurology. We are proud of our department, and all sincerely look forward to the years ahead.

Erin L. Smith, Chief Resident of Operations
Krishna Galla, Chief Resident of Academics
Kiel M. Woodward, Assistant Chief Resident