The patient populations in the military have specific needs that are often unseen in civilian hospitals. The USU Department of Neurology ensures graduates are prepared for anything from standard neurological injuries to diagnosing and monitoring therapeutic responses for mild traumatic brain injury. The Department of Neurology has a three part mission emphasizing education, research and clinical care. Faculty at USU provide instruction to medical students across all 4 yrs of school, to residents in neurology and psychiatry, and to neuroscience PhD candidates. Neurology education happens in large traditional classroom settings, small group seminar-style discussions, and in the clinical environment. Our faculty are active clinicians providing exceptional neurologic care to patients in the National Capital Region and also provide neurological consultation to physicians at all Department of Defense hospitals throughout the United States and all over the world. In addition to clinician-researchers, the Department of Neurology is also home to several basic science researchers who focus on bench-to-bedside research in many military relevant areas such as traumatic brain injury. Our department is committed to providing the best neurological care that meets specific needs of our service members and veterans with an emphasis on return to duty and enhanced quality of life.
STUDENT INTEREST GROUPS
The Student Interest Group Neurology (SIGN) is an active student led group fully sponsored and recognized by the American Academy of Neurology. SIGN is open to all students enrolled at USUHS regardless of year or service affiliation. Students who are interested in neurology and psychiatry are encouraged to join. Those who haven’t yet decided what specialty they want to pursue are also highly encouraged to join so they can find out more about neurology and what life is like as a military neurologist. Lunch meetings are held throughout the year and include topics on neurology lifestyle, residency application, small group discussion, and case presentations. Student members will also have access to the neurology shadowing calendar where they can sign up to attend clinic or ward rounds with real life neurology staff and residents! A neurology quiz show and volunteer opportunities are in development.