Residents & Fellows
Graduate Medical Education (GME)
The three main components of residency training comprise inpatient rotations in a variety of hospital settings, outpatient work in our general neurology, specialty, and interdisciplinary clinics, and the study of neuroscience. Junior residents divide their time between Harper University Hospital, Detroit Receiving Hospital (DRH), and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital (VAH). Senior residents spend six to eight months supervising junior residents and internal medicine, neurosurgery, and psychiatry rotators at Harper, DRH, and VAH. Senior residents also have a rotation in the University Health Center’s specialty clinics, which include the multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, epilepsy, dementia, neuromuscular, neuro-ophthalmology, pain, and movement disorder clinics.
The rotations and electives offered to senior residents include: neuropathology, neuroradiology, child neurology (Children’s Hospital of Michigan), electroencephalography and evoked potentials, sleep, electromyography, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurosurgery, psychiatry, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-oncology, neuromuscular disease, and stroke. If residents wish, they may also use elective time to work on research projects.
The department has an ACGME approved three year neurology residency program in adult neurology with seven residents per year, leading to eligibility for certification in Neurology. In collaboration with the Division of Child Neurology, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, we also offer an approved three year training program with two trainees per year leading to eligibility in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology. Both of these programs lead to certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Ramesh Madhavan serves as Program Director for the adult neurology program. Dr. Lalitha Sivaswamy serves as program director for Pediatric Neurology. Dr. Aashit Shah is Program Director for the fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Dr. Kumar Rajamani as Program Director for Vascular Neurology/Stroke Program. There is a combined Pulmonary Medicine and Neurology Sleep Disorders training program at the VA. Additional non-ACGME, non-ABMS fellowships are offered in some years in Multiple Sclerosis (Dr. Omar Khan), Movement Disorders (Dr. Edwin George), and Neurocritical Care (Dr. William Coplin).
Dr. Lisak served as the Chair of the Accreditation Council of the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties, a national organization sponsored by several neurologic societies to set standards for training in neurologic subspecialties.
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Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The department is very active in CME offering CME credit. Dr. Alexandros Tselis serves as the course director for its once weekly Grand Rounds. Faculty have also participated in CME activities of the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Neurological Association. Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi served as President of the MNA. Members of the department also participated in CME courses at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Chicago and at CME courses offered by other universities in the U. S.
Once again the faculty organized three additional WSU sponsored CME courses of particular note. For the past eight years Seemant Chaturvedi has served as director for the very popular annual course called “Neurology for the Non-Neurologist.” This past year’s course featured talks by Drs. Marie Atkinson, Aashit Shah, Edwin George, Gregory Van Stavern, and Seemant Chaturvedi.
Also in 2008 Dr. Omar Khan presented a course for the third time on Multiple sclerosis for neurologists, neurology residents and nurses. Entitled “New Insights for the Multiple Sclerosis Clinician” this year’s event invited speakers included Peter Stys (Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary); Gary Cutter, (University of Alabama); Claudia Lucchinetti (Mayo Clinic); Robert P. Lisak (WSU); Alan Hudson (WSU); and Omar Khan (WSU).
Drs. Richard Lewis and Agnes Jani-Acsadi hosted their second annual CME course on peripheral neuropathies. This course featured guest speakers A. Gordon Smith from University of Utah and Dr. Lan Zhou from the Cleveland Clinic in addition to Drs. Richard A. Lewis, Joshua A. Adler, Agnes JaniAcsadi, and Edwin George from WSU.
Many members of the faculty are involved in graduate education (masters and doctoral) in the Center for Molecular Medicine as well as in several basic science departments and in the graduate program in neuroscience.
A large number of Ph.D's and physicians who want additional training in basic science obtain their training in the Department of Neurology. These individuals come from the U.S. as well as many other countries, some of whom stay in the U.S. with others returning to their home countries. The latter has led to an increasing number of research projects and studies with schools in other countries.
In addition to the approved three year neurology residency program, the department provided an additional year of specialized training for nine fellows. Omar Khan, Program Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, oversaw the training of fellow Jay Perumal, M.D. in Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis. Edwin George , Pathophysiology Course Director, oversaw the training of fellow Mary Shaya, M.D. in Movement Disorders. Renee Van Stavern, Program Director of Stroke, oversaw the training of fellow Abraham Kuruvilla, M.D. in Stroke/Cerebrovascular. Aashit Shah, Program Director of Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG/EEG), oversaw the training of fellows Bhagya Boggaram, M.D., Chabdana Chauhan, M.D., Suresh Chitturi, M.D., Kanwardeep S. Grewal, M.D., Mhd, Kher Heder, M.D., and Ashutosh Raina, M.D. in Clinical Neurophysiology.