DAYTON—The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved a new residency program in neurology at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The ACGME is a private, nonprofit council that evaluates and accredits residency programs in the United States.
The Neurology Residency Program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will help expand the number of neurologists in the Dayton region by training the future leaders in neurology patient care, research and education. The new program, which will begin on July 1, 2014, was approved to accept up to 16 residents.
“We seek to graduate neurologists who are prepared to meet the challenges presented by the rapidly expanding body of knowledge in the neurosciences,” said Bradley Jacobs, M.D., M.S., director of the residency program and associate professor of neurology. “We have carefully designed a program that builds the basic strengths necessary to become an outstanding clinical neurologist and, for those interested in research, to develop into a first-rate physician scientist.”
The mission of the Neurology Residency Program is to establish a foundation for lifelong learning in neurology and the neurosciences. The residents will evaluate and manage patients at Miami Valley Hospital, the Clinical Neuroscience Institute located at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Dayton Children’s Hospital.
The Wright State University Department of Neurology is closely aligned with other programs within the medical school, including neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation and psychiatry. Areas of specialization in the neuroscience program include behavioral neurology, cerebrovascular disease, child neurology, clinical neurophysiology, critical care, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuroimaging, neuroimmunology, neuromuscular disease, neuro-oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, pain management, psychiatry and sleep disorders.
The Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and the new neurology residency program were made possible by the creation of the Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, a joint venture between Premier Health and Wright State University.
The Neuroscience Institute has talented, NIH-funded neuroscientists on the Wright State University campus, including a team awarded two prestigious Program Project Grants totaling more than $9 million from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Four of these scientists are included on the core faculty of the Neurology Residency Program. Faculty from the Neuroscience Institute will help provide basic neuroscience education and research opportunities for the residents.
“The creation of the neurology residency programs allows us to fulfill one of the original goals of the Neuroscience Institute — to improve patient care in the Dayton region,” said Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A, dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. “By bringing new physicians to the region, the new residency program, working in tandem with the Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, will enhance patient care locally in a wide spectrum of neurological disorders such as stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, critical illness and more.”