Education

Adult Neurology
Pediatric Neurology
Neurophysiology Fellowship

Adult Neurology

We consider our program to be comprehensive in providing residents with excellent training in patient care and basic neuroscience. The goal of the neurology residency is to provide physicians with the foundation of a solid neurological background and to train excellent clinical neurologists who understand the nervous system and are able to apply basic knowledge to the clinical evaluation and treatment of patients with neurological disorders.

Our fully accredited three-year program accepts three residents a year. The Neurology Service consists of attendings, neurology residents, interns, and residents from various programs including internal medicine, family medicine, emergency, and psychiatry. Below is an overview of the program design:

First Year (PGY-2): The first-year residents spend their time on the clinical services with approximately 8 months devoted to adult neurology rotations and the remainder of the time to child neurology and neuroradiology. The call schedule averages every 4th or 5th night during their first year, divided among their classmates and through rotators of various departments. During call, the junior resident will always receive back-up support from the chief resident in making clinical decisions. In addition, the junior resident on call will have an intern to direct and teach in regards to seeing consults and admissions. Residents are expected to master the fundamentals of neurology by the end of their first year.

Second Year (PGY-3): The second year of training is designed as a year of guided, personal study in diagnostic techniques and basic science disciplines. Residents take full-time rotations in neuropathology, clinical neurophysiology, and neuroradiology with supervised instruction from the faculty. They will be expected to participate in the activities of each of these divisions and to develop a program of independent study. They are expected to take call to cover for when the first year resident go on vacation. This averages to no more 5-6 calls the entire academic year.

By the end of the second year residents are expected to be competent in neuro-diagnostic procedures (including EEG, evoked potentials, EMG and nerve conduction studies, CT, MRI, and SPECT) and will be responsible for interpreting these investigations on their patients during the third year. The remainder of the second year is set aside for electives during which time the residents may engage in a clinical or laboratory research project under the supervision of a member of the faculty or take additional training in sub-specialized areas of neurology.

Third Year (PGY-4): The third-year resident will alternate as chief resident on the neurology ward service and the consultation service and will be responsible for patient management as well as instruction of junior residents, interns, and medical students. The chief resident on the wards service will be taking home call to help the junior resident make clinical decisions. In addition, there may be sufficient time to pursue research or any of the diagnostic or subspecialty areas of particular interest.

Resident Teaching: Residents are provided with over 200 hours of teaching time a year. This includes the 3.5-hour educational conference, which occurs weekly on Fridays. The Friday Conferences consist of a one-hour lecture on neuroradiology, neuropathology, and neuroscience. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is one of the primary teaching hospitals for UCLA School of Medicine. Approximately, 30% of UCLA medical students take required neurology clerkships at Harbor. Therefore, medical students take both required and elective clerkships with house staff in patient care and academic life. Neurology residents are responsible for teaching medical students as well as junior rotating residents interns while training at Habor-UCLA Medical Center.

Research and Electives: Most of the attendings are involved in active research and they definitely encourage residents to participate. You're also welcome to do research in other departments and institutions. The current child neurology resident is doing research on mucopolysaccharidosis patients with the genetics department. Most of the research done at Harbor is interdisciplinary, and there is a large research instituion called LA Biomed which is on campus. There is no research requirement for this residency. There are 12 months of elective time. In the past, residents have done electives at other institutions such as UCLA and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Other elective options are neuroophthalmology and neurootology.

Conferences: There are multiple opportunities to attend conferences throughout the year. The child neurology resident can obtain travel scholarships for the AAN and Child Neurology Society annual meetings, as well as other conferences.

Resident Salary, Benefits and Resources: Residents are appointed as Resident Physician at Harbor-UCLA and are entitled to privileges given to all LA County employees. This is a contract signed yearly.

Stipend: Postgraduate physician’s salaries and benefits are established periodically by the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, by way of County ordinance and or through an applicable Memorandum of Understanding with the Joint Council of Interns and Residents (JCIR). Salary is dependent on the postgraduate year of the resident. The Joint Council of Interns and Residents or JCIR is a statewide union organization for residents; the council actively addresses pay raises and other concerns of physician residents in the state of California. Members of this organization are made up of residents from various residencies throughout California, including Harbor UCLA Medical Center.  For more information, please visit the Harbor UCLA website.

Vacation/Holidays: Each resident receives 20 working days of vacation.

Professional Liability Coverage/Malpractice: Provided at no cost.

Disability: Provided by JCIR

Health/Dental Insurance: Residents are entitled to enroll in one of several programs approved by the County. Dependents are eligible for enrollment, however the resident will be responsible for any premiums related to dependent coverage if over the allotted stipend

Food: All meals are provided by Harbor UCLA Hospital Cafeteria while on duty.

Uniforms: Provided by Laundry and Linen Services. Each resident receives 6 pairs of scrubs and 2 white coats.

Parking: Provided free of charge to all Resident Physicians.

Library Services: Residents are provided with excellent resources for researching at Parlow Library, which is adjacent to the hospital. Copying privileges are also provided at Parlow Library. To visit the library’s website, click here.

Resident Health/Counseling Services: Confidential counseling support services are available to all residents.

Application Process: Applicants are required to obtain at least one year of post-graduate training (internship) in preliminary medicine or transitional year before starting the neurology residency. Preference of post-graduate training is in internal medicine or psychiatry. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s Neurology Residency program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All applicants for residency positions must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). ERAS is an electronic service which will transmit the applicant’s information including the application for residency, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and supporting credentials to the residency director. The ERAS application can be downloaded from the following site: http://www.aamc.org/students/eras/. Please note that the applicant must apply for both the HUCLA PGY 1 year position in either preliminary medicine or transitional year and the HUCLA neurology residency separately. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews during the winter, which will be arranged by the applicant at his/her convenience. Other arrangements can be made in special cases by contacting the Program Director.

Medical Licensure: Appointees will be required to present a California State Physicians and Surgeons Certificate before the completion of his/her PGY 2 year. Failure to obtain a license will result in dismissal from Los Angeles County Employment.

Please visit the Harbor UCLA website for more information about the other training programs.

Pediatric Neurology

Program Director: Kenneth Huff
Email : khuff@labiomed.org
Phone: (310)222-4168
Fax: (310) 320-2271

Pediatric Neurology Residency Training at Harbor-UCLA offers a truly rewarding patient population from which to learn, a faculty which is committed to helping the child neurology resident become a well-rounded clinical child neurologist, and a collegial departmental and institutional atmosphere of mutual respect and learning all located in multicultural, multi-recreational, climate friendly Southern California. Although the curriculum satisfies the Residency Review Board Requirements and American Board of Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology requirements for Certification, it is flexible and can accommodate the special needs or preferences of individual residents. Residents will gain extensive experience in consultation on a wide range of pediatric and adult inpatient disorders referred from the emergency department and other institutions and will take part in weekly continuity clinics in both pediatric and adult neurology throughout the residency. Training in “subdisciplines” such as neurophysiology (EEG and EMG/NCV), neuropathology, neuropsychiatry, neurosurgery, and neurorehabilitation, is also part of the curriculum and a wide range of electives are available including research in one of many laboratories on the 65 acre campus surrounding the hospital. Residents take on a leadership role on both the child neurology and the adult neurology services during their final year of training. Graduates of the program have been offered both clinical practice and academic faculty positions, but subspecialty Neurophysiology fellowship training may also be elected.

Program Overview

Excellent clinical training with extremely diverse patient population and diagnoses
Many research opportunities with faculty in diverse areas: neurogenetics, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuropathy, dementia
Clinics weekly in both Child and Adult Neurology
Multidisciplinary clinical teaching conferences weekly in Neuroradiology and Neuropathology
Resident selection of Neuroscience Conference speakers weekly covering basic neuroscience and clinical topics
Chief resident presentation of weekly didactic patient-centered topic and monthly journal club
Supervisory role as Chief resident in third year (which may include adult ward or consult service)
Resident participation in monthly quality assurance
Resident Library/ Computer/ AudioVisual Education Room
Residents attend 2-3 National meetings on scholarship or at department expense, may present research work

Eligibility and Application

2 years postgraduate training, of which 1 must be straight Pediatrics in an ACGME-accredited program
All applications are coordinated through the San Francisco matching program—please visit their website for more information: http://www.sfmatch.org/index.htm

Curriculum

3 year Residency Program

12 months Pediatric Neurology (hospital-based)
12 months Adult Neurology (hospital-based)
12 months selectives and elective time: Neurophysiology (EEG and EMG), Neuropathology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and/or behavioral neurology, Neurorehabilitation, Epileptology, Neurogenetics, Neuroophthalmology, Neuroimmunology, Movement disorders, Development, Outpatient subspecialties, and Research.
Some rotations may be off site

Formal staged evaluations each year of patient skills in 5 clinical areas; RITE written exam each year

Neurophysiology

There are two fellow positions offered each year. Please email us for further information if you are interested.

Department of Neurology
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
1000 W. Carson St., Torrance, CA 90502
(310) 222-3897