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Program Goals and Objectives and the Core Competencies

The Vascular Neurology Fellowship Training Program pools the resources of the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Radiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The program's primary goals are:

  1. The assessment of a Fellow's competence shall serve as the basis for determining the minimum level of supervision required for different activities. Objective criteria to evaluate a Fellow's progressive ability to function independently shall be developed and consistently applied. This assessment will include the evaluation of the Fellow's communication skills, patient management, medical knowledge, and capacity to perform as required. The Program Director will communicate the assessment of the Fellow's competence to the Fellow semi-annually, and when significant progress or deficiencies are noted.

  2. To provide the best possible training and education for the Fellows who pass through our program.

  3. To train individuals to become leaders in the field of Vascular Neurology, whether that is in the realm of clinical practice, clinical investigation, bench research, medical education or academic administration.

  4. To provide the Fellow with a strong curriculum about attitudes to care of patients with cerebrovascular diseases and the multi-disciplinary care of the patient.

The program will teach the fellow how to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and cost/time effective. The fellow will be expected to make informed decisions regarding that care and provide and carry out management plans, counsel and educate patients and their families. Fellows completing our program should exhibit the highest possible levels of knowledge, clinical acumen and scholarship, and have the technical skills requisite for the practice of Vascular Neurology. They should, additionally, observe the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behavior. We believe that our program is sufficiently different from other programs that our Fellows will stand out in any environment - practice or academic.

This curriculum describes in detail the individual components of the training program, grouped by the emergency department and inpatient consultations, longitudinal clinics in vascular and general Neurology, elective exposures, research, and didactic sessions/conferences.

Revision of the Curriculum

This curriculum is subject to revision by the stroke faculty members, incorporating fellows' feedback to keep it current, relevant and in accord with ACGME Resident Review Committee (RRC) requirements. The program has adopted a style of continuous improvement, implementing reasonable strategies and discarding those that are not providing the expected benefit, after a period of application and evaluation.

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Training Program in Vascular Neurology is an ACGME-approved program. As part of the regular process of RRC approval by the ACGME, this curriculum is also subject to RRC approval.