From the Chairman
On behalf of the Department of Neurology at Howard University Hospital and Howard University College of Medicine, I welcome you to explore our exceptional opportunities for neurological training. Founded in 1867 by an act of Congress, our prestigious University is a premier institution in this nation dedicated to the education of minorities. The Department was established in 1970 and the residency program in 1972. We are proud to say that it is the only accredited Neurology residency program in a minority institution in the country.
Although the program has only 6 residents and 6 Faculty in total, and starts at the second year of post-graduate residency training, its impact is large as all trainees are geared towards the exceptional, compassionate care of minorities in urban and rural settings. With the nation struggling to eliminate health care disparities, by producing highly skilled clinical neurologists and neuroscientists with this training, we are providing a service to the country, the importance of which cannot be over-estimated. Our graduates are successful and active in various capacities including private practice, academic medical centers, community hospitals, teaching and research. We are committed to academic excellence and advancement, as well as furthering the numbers of both minority neuroscientists and those dedicated to our values. As the Chairman of this historic department for the past 15 years, I have always been mindful of the immense responsibility of this position and the vast potential of our future, the need to open the eyes and minds of our medical students to develop interest in this area, so that the best, brightest and most curious enter the field. I have also been mindful of my responsibilities to my residents whom I am obligated to nurture and train to satisfy their needs as well as expose them to innovations in research and cutting-edge technologies which have progressed and revolutionized the field greater than any other field particularly in the past decade. New discoveries and advances in therapies have changed the landscape of practice in neurology and disorders once considered untreatable are now bright prospects of current therapy and future research. These are exciting times of accelerated growth in the field. From the bench we have moved to the bedside and are closer than ever to providing real and lasting benefit to the many patients suffering from complex, and often devastating, neurological disorders.
Our strong faculty of leading clinicians, teachers, investigators and scientists stand poised to lead residents and students to learn from these advances and accept the mantles of future leadership in this novel era of neurologic discovery.
Our educational programs are our priority and many exciting new initiatives have been initiated. We have a newly developed epilepsy monitoring program this year; a hypothermia monitoring program for cardiac anoxic brain damage; clinical neurophysiology and a sleep disorders unit, all geared towards involving and teaching residents. We have a neurophysiologist to expose residents to both, bench research in neurophysiology, as well as monitoring with, reading and interpreting evoked potentials. We are on the verge of being an accredited primary stroke care center, meeting almost all requirements of Get with the Guidelines to apply for accreditation. We have a five year accreditation from the ACGME this year, with the next visit due in 2017. All our residents who appeared for the Boards for the first time in the last five years passed it in the first attempt. Our residents are desired and successful in obtaining Fellowships in programs of their choice. What is even more heartwarming to us is their interest in keeping in touch with us after they graduate. Trainees will find our environment to be open, transparent and inviting. Teamwork, close interpersonal relationships and collegiality abound within the Department. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment to promote scholarly activity and encourage the bright, young minds of tomorrow to flourish in their endeavors. We welcome you and look forward to working with you, helping you to achieve your full potential.
Annapurni Jayam Trouth, M.D., FAAN, FAAP