Welcome From Our Chief Residents

Welcome to the University of Kentucky Department of Neurology Residency program. We would like to thank you for considering UK for your residency training in Neurology.

Our residency program offers a great balance between clinical training and academics. We have a variety of distinct and diverse training opportunities ranging from a university hospital, veterans hospital, children’s hospital, outpatient subspecialties, continuity clinics, and regional commission clinics for children of underserved areas. UK boasts a renowned comprehensive stroke program, a level IV epilepsy center, and robust general neurology services that prepare residents pursuing academic or private practices. The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is internationally recognized as an elite center for neurocognitive and neurodegenerative diseases. We pride ourselves on our collaborative and collegial multidisciplinary teams where we work intimately with neurosurgeons, neuro-interventionists, neuro-radiologists, psychiatrists and physiatrists, in addition to a wide variety of qualified nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and PhDs. Our four-year categorical neurology residency program offers ample elective time for residents wishing to get exposure to subspecialty rotations including electromyography (EMG)/nerve conduction studies (NCS), epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU)/electroencephalogram (EEG), neuro ICU, neuro-radiology, behavioral neurology, stroke clinic, ALS clinic, movement disorder clinic, and research. During these rotations, residents are encouraged to master procedures including EMG/NCS, EEG interpretation, transcranial doppler, lumbar puncture, and botulinum toxin and nerve block injections.

Additionally, our UK neurology residents are exposed to a variety of programs that help continue their intellectual growth. We have an outstanding didactic lecture series that helps broaden and enhance resident training. These lectures initially focus on basic neurology, but also cover emergencies, imaging, board prep and advanced topics. This robust didactic schedule has allowed residents to excel in the in-service training exams (RITE) at a national level over the years. Our program also provides strong mentorship from supervising faculty for both career development and resident research. Each resident is paired with a faculty mentor who is available to help the resident understand the steps involved in advancing his/her career as well as provide guidance as he/she navigates through residency. There are numerous research opportunities available for our residents, and the current residents have participated in research in almost every subspecialty of neurology. These research endeavors are supported by a departmental annual research day. Every year, several of our residents participate and present at both national and international meetings and conferences, including the American Academy of Neurology, International Stroke Conference, American Epilepsy Symposium and American Clinical Neurophysiology Society.

If you have the opportunity to visit our institution, you will find that the camaraderie among the residents here is a real strength of our program. We have a close, caring and motivated group of residents with diverse interests working together. The department also enjoys regular social events including movie nights, dinners, and annual parties that include a departmental party, holiday party, and a party for graduating residents.

The University of Kentucky, Department of Neurology provides a rich learning environment for patient care and research. Our personal experiences in Lexington have been extremely rewarding, both as residents and now as chief residents.  We hope you strongly consider our program, and please don't hesitate to contact us at NeuroChiefRes@uky.edu if we can offer any assistance as you consider the University of Kentucky Neurology Residency Program.  

Emily Justusson, MD & Jordan Clay, MD

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