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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Fellow Overall Rating: 26-Jul- 2014
Teaching: Atmosphere: Research:


This program was historically one of the "great" neurology programs, with its roots going back to legendary neurologist A.B. Baker as chairman starting in the 1940's. Since then, it has had its ups and downs. Recently, it has been a rather weak program in many respects, but that is rapidly changing since the hiring of a new chairman several years ago, and (most importantly) the recent letting go of an incompetent program director.


The former program director was widely perceived by residents and faculty as incompetent and interpersonally challenged. She left in 2014. The new program director is highly competent and experienced, and is moving the program in the right direction.


Peers in this program are strong. The residents are diverse and generally talented and motivated. Faculty have thinned out in recent years, with many leaving or retiring. However, the chairman is committed to hiring new, young, dynamic faculty and building the research and clinical programs. Strengths are Alzheimer's, stroke, and movement disorders. The MS program used to be very strong under Dr. Gareth Parry, and is still nationally known.


This program has a long and distinguished history, but the more recent history is not particularly distinguished. However, recent graduates of the program have been outstanding and are well-trained. New faculty hires and a dynamic environment combine to make this one of the premier underrated programs.

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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful:

PGY2 Overall Rating: 13-Dec- 2012
Teaching: Atmosphere: Research:


G1: Good year overall. Nothing was unreasonable schedule-wise. It was a fairly routine intern/transition year. If I recall there were 6 medicine blocks total which were busier, a couple of neurology blocks, a clinic month...that's all I recall. I enjoyed this year though.

G2: This year is extremely inpatient heavy. They have made some improvements, but overall it is a damaging year from an education standpoint. It is scutwork heavy and the educational opportunities and teaching are infrequent. Much of this year is spent at Hennepen County Medical Center which is very malignant and poorly run/supervised.

G3: In contrast to G2 year, there are really only 4 inpatient months for this. The lifestyle improves compared to your G2 year, but you desperately need the time to catch up on things you weren't exposed to or taught previously.

G4: Similar to G3 year lifestyle wise and inpatient-responsibility-wise, with one big exception: there are 4 elective months. If it were up to me I'd shift some of the elective time from this year to the G3 year.


Focuses: Previously this had a large stroke faculty, but many of them left. Currently it doesn't really have any glaring weaknesses but it doesn't really stand out anywhere either. Research: If you are interested in stroke research there are a lot of opportunities. Finding research projects in other areas requires some additional work, but they're still available. Teaching: They recently added a "Friday School" session of didactics which is a huge improvement, as it is the first time the program has had any real protected time. As far as the wards things are usually so busy that it rarely happens. Boards: Last year's graduates had only a 50% pass rate on their boards. This should be a cause for close evaluation of the program if not outright alarm.


Attending-resident relationships: There are a couple of really malignant attendings at Hennepin County Medical Center; the atmosphere at that site in general is really awful. One of them regularly is verbally abusive to residents. Overall, it isn't safe to raise concerns at HCMC either without retaliation. At the University in general all the attendings are really nice and approachable. The faculty at the VA is pretty good with one exception. Hospitals: UMMC is very nice, has a supportive staff, good work areas, and impressive facilities. HCMC is a fairly standard public hospital with moderate facilities, a nursing staff that is fairly unhelpful, and a small work area (but there are plans to build us a new work room underway). A huge plus about HCMC is that the ED staff is exceptionally good (don't call you for silly consults) and the call room is very nice. The VA is one of the nicest in the country overall facility-wise. Twin Cities: The Twin Cities are a fantastic place to live overall. You are never short of things to do. Cost of living is very reasonable.


The current program director is well-intentioned and has made some really positive changes. However, overall most of the current seniors and previous graduates I have spoken to feel this program was poor from an educational standpoint. Furthermore, it is almost universally felt that it is not a safe place to raise concerns without retaliation from faculty in evaluations. Overall, the atmosphere is very political and difficult to navigate. Throw in the fact that only half of last year's graduates passed boards, I'd be reluctant to recommend the program at the current time.

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