Resident Research & Mentoring

Resident research

Residents are expected to develop scholarly and research skills, preparing them for options in post-graduate fellowship training in research oriented fields.

It is expected that a research project of some type commence during the PGY3-PGY4 years. Residents should utilize research elective blocks in addition to non-clinical, non-GME work hours to complete research projects. Residents will be allowed a total of 1 research elective block of up to 1 month per year, with the possibility of additional time depending on research productivity as defined by successful completion of research elective blocks and continued research progress.

The resident will be asked to identify a research mentor by the end of their PGY2 year. This project must be completed and presented at Neuroscience Day in the resident’s PGY4 year.

Resident mentoring program

Residents face a wide array challenges including shaping their residency training curriculum, developing interest in a neuro-subspecialty, applying for fellowship training, as well as potential need for addressing personal challenges. Additionally, it is important to recognize the importance of personal growth/development both within training and outside of DHMC. For this reason, the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Neurology Residency Mentoring Program has been developed to help guide residents through these challenges and support residents in professional, educational, and personal growth.

Residents are encouraged to seek out mentors with whom they have personal connection and/or specialty interest. If residents need assistance in finding a mentor the Associate Residency Program Director, Program Director and Program Coordinator can assist the resident in finding a mentor. Mentoring matches will be assessed on a yearly basis starting as a PGY1 resident (intern year). Residents may want to switch mentors from year-to-year, or add additional mentors and this will be supported by the Neurology Residency leadership. Residents and mentors will complete a confidentiality form at the time of entering into a mentoring relationship and repeating on a yearly basis. Residents and mentors will meet on a quarterly basis to discuss (at minimum) resident professional, educational, and personal goals.