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ENLS for Residency Programs

"The ENLS course is a great way to educate and prepare neurology and neurosurgery residents at any level of training before they rotate in a neurocritical care unit. ENLS really makes them comfortable to face any type of neurological emergency." Jose I Suarez, MD, FNCS, Head Vascular Neurology and Neurocritical Care Division, Baylor College of Medicine

Through participation in the ENLS course, residents will gain critical exposure to a comprehensive discussion of high yield neurological emergencies. The learning modules are presented in a clear and concise manner and are supported by treatment algorithms and evidence based peer reviewed parent manuscripts. The course addresses numerous cognitive residency milestones, many of which have previously proven challenging to address in standard training curricula. The credentialing process allows for objective assessment and documentation of trainee competence.

ACGME Milestones and ENLS Overlap

The following tables demonstrate how ENLS helps fulfill numerous ACGME milestones in the specialties of Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology. This will allow you to view each milestone and the corresponding overlap of ENLS modules that are addressed in the course.

ACGME-ENLS Neurology Milestones
ACGME-ENLS Neurological Surgery Milestones
ACGME-ENLS Emergency Medicine Milestones
ACGME-ENLS Anesthesiology Milestones

ENLS is a 2-year certification program and is designated for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™. Click here for ENLS accreditation information.

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ENLS is a versatile course that can be taken either online or in a live course format. NCS encourages all Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Emergency Medicine Program Directors to incorporate this course into their graduate medical education. 

NCS offers a special rate of $50 per resident for groups of five or more residents. Program Directors can purchase a bundle of online course codes to distribute to their residents or work with NCS to locate trainers who are able to conduct live courses for residents. 

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For more information, contact the ENLS Coordinator at 952.377.8870 or ENLS@neurocriticalcare.org.


ENLS Protocols

ENLS consists of 14 protocols. Each protocol was designed and written by neurointensivists and emergency medicine physicians.  These protocols are designed to provide the same advice an expert in neurocritical care would provide if you called the physician for a consult and asked, “What should I do in the first hour to best help this patient and hand them off to you?” The 14 ENLS protocols are:

  • Acute Non-Traumatic Weakness
  • Acute Ischemic Stroke
  • Airway, Ventilation and Sedation
  • Approach to the Comatose Patient
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage
  • Intracranial Hypertension and Herniation
  • Meningitis and Encephalitis
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Resuscitation Following Cardiac Arrest
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury


What Others Are Saying About ENLS

“Residents ... are frequently confronted with the acutely deteriorating patient, whether in the emergency department, operating room, or hospital floors. These patients require immediate recognition and action to stabilize and preserve neurologic function. ENLS provides a framework for managing these extremely sick and rapidly changing patients in the acute period, most importantly during the critical Golden Hour.”
Arturo Montaño, MD, Resident Physician, PGY-4, UCSF Department of Neurology

"ENLS can play an instrumental role in the training of residents who encounter neurocritically ill patients ... (and) is applicable to a number of residency programs, including emergency medicine, internal medicine, anesthesiology, neurology and neurosurgery. After completing the ENLS course, residents from multiple specialties can approach neurological emergencies with confidence and efficiency."

~Scott Caganap, M.D., UCSF Neurology Resident