Educational Resources

Preparing for the maintenance of certification exam, I came across some very good educational programs on the AAN’s website. I think these would be good for resident education generally, and particularly for RITE preparation. They are free for AAN members, and I’ll add links to them in a new “Board Review” menu above.

The first program is called NeuroLearn. These are slide presentations on various topics, with audio narration and some interactive features such as built-in multiple-choice questions. They are like those really good grand rounds talks that provide a good overview of a topic without getting to much into the weeds of a particular line of research. I particularly recommend the following:

  • The Brachial Plexus. I found this to be one of the best presentations I’ve seen of this somewhat confusing material.
  • Interpretation of the Normal Adult EEG: Normal Patterns and Common Artifacts. A great primer for the neurology resident.
  • Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy. J.D. Bartleson of the Mayo Clinic narrates this one, and he’s very engaging. He includes some videos of patient examinations and exam techniques, which are helpful.
  • Interpretation of Autoimmune Neurological Antibody Profiles. Not quite as engaging as the ones above, but still pretty good.
  • Paraproteinemia and Neuropathy. This is an excellent one–makes a sometimes confusing topic very clear.

The other program is NeuroSAE (self-assessment exam). These are question banks, mostly covering general neurology topics. There are topic-specific ones as well, covering epilepsy, neuromuscular, and stroke. The best way to improve test scores (as opposed to the best way to become a better neurologist) is to take tests. These questions are very similar to the questions in the back of Continuum (itself another great resource). I set it up to give feedback (i.e., explanations) after each question. You can also have it defer all of the feedback to the end and even have it time the test for you. Another cool feature is that works just as well on a smartphone or tablet as on a PC. I would sometimes start a test at the office and then work on it a little more at home and it did a great job of picking up right where I left off.

I found that it takes a while to answer each question and carefully read the explanation and maybe look up something to dive deeper into the topic. When I actually sat down to take the re-certification exam, I breezed through the 200 questions because in the real test, you don’t get a lengthy response that you have to read through after each answer!

About Justin A. Sattin

I'm a vascular neurologist and residency program director. I created this blog in order to share some thoughts with my resident and other colleagues, and to foster my own learning as well.
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