Clinical Environment

The 4-year program incorporates the first year of post-graduate training at our facilities. The facilities for rotations include: Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  Outpatient experiences (including a longitudinal Neurology Resident Clinic) take place in Spectrum Health Medical Group Neurosciences facilities. We also have rotations at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

Program Focus

Neurology is a 4 year program. All blocks are 4 weeks in length, totaling 13 per academic year. A special block dedicated to learning neuroanatomy, neurological examination techniques and the concepts of neurological localization will occur in the PGY1 year.   All PGY1 residents will take this block together. Residents will take overnight in-hospital call approximately 1 night every 6 for PGY2-4 years. Residents will participate in Continuity Clinics one half-day per week in the PGY2-4 years. 



  • 6 blocks Internal Medicine: including 1 block in the medical intensive care unit and 1 block of Cardiology
  • 1 block Pediatrics
  • 2 blocks Emergency Medicine
  • 1 block Neurological Localization
  • 1 block Psychiatry
  • 1 block Inpatient Neurology
  • 1 block Outpatient Neurology


  • 7 blocks Inpatient Neurology
  • 2 blocks Outpatient Neurology
  • 2 blocks Pediatric Neurology
  • 2 blocks Neuro-Intensive Care Unit


  • 1 block Psychiatry
  • 1 block Pediatric Neurology
  • 1 block Neuroradiology
  • 1 block Neuro-ophthalmology
  • 3 blocks EMG and Neuromuscular
  • 3 blocks EEG and Epilepsy
  • 3 blocks Electives


  • 5 blocks Inpatient Neurology     
  • 1 block Pediatric Neurology
  • 4 blocks Outpatient Neurology
  • 3 blocks Electives


We provide various educational opportunities during your training.

Transition of Care/Morning Report – Daily
Discuss new admissions and change over patients

Neuroscience Grand Rounds – Every other week for 2 hours

Neurophysiology – Weekly
Learn basic science and clinic topics involved in conducting EEGs, EMGs, evoked potentials and in the care of patients with epilepsy and neuromuscular disease.

Didactic Lecture Topics – Weekly
Covering concepts in the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common neurological diseases

Quality Assurance – Monthly
Morbidity and mortality conference

Journal Club – Monthly

Stroke Lectures – Monthly

Neuropathology Lecture Modules

Evidenced Based Medicine Modules

Ethics Modules

Interesting Case Conferences


All residents, beginning in their PGY2 year, will participate in a three-year integrative scholarly research program to become familiar with the methods, regulations and ethics involved in the conduct of responsible research.  Toward that end, this research program will 1) provide the resident with training and experience in planning and conducting research, and 2) educate the residents in how to be better consumers of clinical research through didactic and experiential learning.  This project includes understanding the concepts of evidence-based medicine and putting those practices to use, demonstrating knowledge of the ethical considerations involved in clinical research, hypothesis generation and data analysis, mastering skills for scientific writing and making oral presentations.

Resources within the Research Office are available to existing neurology residents with their projects.  The Research Office also offers biostatistics consultation, and poster preparation. Residents will be expected to submit their work for presentation at an institutional Research Day.

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