Curriculum Overview

The specialty of neurocritical care is growing nationwide, and it is anticipated that the need for trained neurointensivists will only continue to increase as the population continues to age.  Wake Forest neurointensivists provide 24/7 care for the most critically ill patients in the hospital.  Our neurocritical care faculty group consists of 7 UCNS-certified or eligible neurointensivists representing a wide spectrum of training and experience, and who are committed to rigorously training future generations of neurocritical care physicians.   

At Wake Forest, fellows will receive training in advanced methods of managing neurologic disease, including advanced neurosonology, multimodality monitoring, and state-of-the-art imaging.  Fellows will work collaboratively with specialists in vascular neurology, neurointerventional radiology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, and will provide excellent multidisciplinary care for a wide variety of patients.  Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, and accepts patients from a wide catchment area encompassing a diverse spectrum of neurologic disease. 

Fellows have access to a range of advanced technology and resources, including:

  • State of the art neurosciences ICU
  • Internationally acclaimed vascular ultrasound, including carotid and transcranial Doppler and physiological testing
  • Cutting-edge EEG monitoring, including point of care EEG devices
  • Advanced critical care technology, including airway management, bronchoscopy, and point of care echocardiography and critical care ultrasound

Clinical Training Goals

At the end of the training program, fellows will have developed skills in the core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, and system-based practice.

Rotation Overview

Conferences and Didactics

All conferences are multidisciplinary.  Didactic activities include:

  • Weekly neurocritical care didactics (journal club, difficult case, M&M, transcranial Doppler ultrasound)
  • Weekly Neurology grand rounds
  • Weekly critical care grand rounds
  • Weekly stroke, vascular neurology conferences
  • Monthly endovascular conference