Adult Neurology Residency

Adult Neurology Residency

Day Float

Introduction and Goals

The Day Float rotation allows junior residents to see a variety of neurological patients while helping to ensure smooth inpatient clinical operations during the day and reduce resident workload compression in the early evening. The main daytime responsibilities are:

  • Covering the service for whichever residents have continuity clinic in the afternoon
  • Helping all of the other inpatient teams as needed

In the early evening, the Day Float sees new consults, while the Night Float resident covers nursing calls from the floors and patient phone calls. Please see the Rotation and Call Schedules section for further details about this role.

Objectives and Evaluation Matrix

As with all of the neurology rotations, the specific objectives are reflected in the entrustable professional activities and individual milestones listed below. These form the basis for the end-of-rotation evaluation. (Please see the section End-of-Rotation Evaluations above for the list of milestone abbreviations).

Rotation Objectives
Upon completion of the curriculum, residents will . . .
1Evaluate and manage changes in clinical status that arise on cross-covered patientsPC1, PC2, PC3, PC5, PC6, PC8, MK1, MK2
2Quickly and accurately determine eligibility for endovascular and other advanced treatments stroke patients transferred from outlying hospitalsPC1, PC2, PC3, PC6, PC8, MK1, MK2
3Evaluate and manage inpatients with neurological complications of systemic disease, surgery, and other treatmentsPC1, PC2, PC3, PC5, PC6, PC8, MK1, MK2
4Appropriately select and interpret neuroimaging studiesPC8, MK2
5Communicate effectively with requesting clinical services, nurses, and other members of the patient’s teamSP3, SP4, PR1, IC3, IC4
Please grade the resident on any of the following milestones you were able to evaluate during this rotation:
PR2, PR3


The Day Float resident arrives at noon and attends noon conference. Following conference, the resident meets with the other inpatient residents to accept signout from those in clinic and to triage where additional help with consults, critically ill patients, or procedures is needed throughout the afternoon. He or she will be included on the stroke code team to assist with particularly complex stroke presentations or with multiple active stroke codes. The Day Float resident is expected to engage the medical students with bedside or didactic teaching as time allows.

From 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, the Day Float resident is paired with the Night Float, thus ensuring that there are at least two residents in-house in the early evening. The shift ends at 8:00 pm, with the expectation that a bit more time may be needed to complete pending consults. The resident is then able to sleep late, not being required to work until noon the next day.

The Day Float works ~ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm on Saturdays to provide backup assistance to the on-call General Neurology resident. (On Sundays, there is an advanced practice provider in-house to assist the on-call Stroke resident).

Work Hours

The anticipated number of work hours on this rotation is 55. As with all rotations, and resident who is in jeopardy of the same shall immediately notify the program director.


Suggested reading

Because of the variety of patients that will be seen on this rotation, it is expected that the resident’s reading will focus on the finer points of diagnosis and management of the particular patients seen on service. This will serve to both foster the resident’s own knowledge and provide a means to educate the other members of the team.



Last revision: 05-14-2021