Neurology Residency

During your first year of your residency (PGY-2), you work in general neurology inpatient care, stroke/neuro-critical care, neurophysiology, ambulatory care, and consultative service. You attend daily morning reports, weekly Grand Rounds, Chief of Service Rounds, a year-long conference series in neuroscience, a semester-long evening course in graduate-level neuroanatomy, and didactic conferences covering neurologic subspecialties. You spend the remainder of the year at the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Hospital in the Bronx.

In the second year (PGY-3), you run a team as senior resident at Elmhurst Hospital on the inpatient service, the consult service, and the outpatient clinic program. The rotations at Elmhurst expose the resident to an extraordinary array of both cultures and neurological disorders. Elmhurst, Queens, comprises one of the most culturally diverse populations in the United States, and the patients at Elmhurst Hospital Center come from across the globe, speaking a multitude of languages and dialects, and bringing with them their particular beliefs and customs. The neurology faculty members at Elmhurst Hospital have made a lifetime study of communicating effectively with these patients and are vested in helping the neurology residents develop their own cultural competence through modeling as well as informal and case-based teaching. The Elmhurst residents will work in a team with medicine interns and students, where the role includes supervision of patient care and teaching. At the Bronx Veterans Administration, you supervise rotations on the consult service and teach the PGY-2 residents. You also spend a month in neurophysiology and two months in pediatric neurology.

Finally, PGY-4 residents serve as senior residents on the stroke/intensive care unit and general neurology services, teaching and mentoring PGY-2 residents and medical students. You will spend also two months on the Mount Sinai consult service, and one month each in pediatrics, psychiatry, and electives. Two weeks in the early part of the year will be spent as night float in order to teach and mentor PGY-2 residents during the first two months of their neurology training. Those residents participating in the Research Residency Track will have 6 months of protected research time.

You have approximately one short call every three days until 8 pm. The Bronx VA has home pager call after 5 pm on weekdays and on weekends. We comply with the updated Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education work-hours limitations and New York State Bell Commission rules limiting resident work hours.

Our most popular clinical electives are movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, and neuromuscular diseases. You can also arrange to attend electives at outside institutions or devote some of your elective time to conducting research.

All residents have four weeks of vacation time each year.

Residents benefit from our passion for patient care and research, ongoing contact with faculty, our diverse patient population, and the rapport among fellow residents.  We really want to make a difference in people's lives.  Watch our residents and faculty members discuss what sets our residency program apart from others.

Special Summer Schedule

The first two months of training is a time for PGY-2 residents to gain confidence in their abilities as new neurologists. As part of our summer schedule to ease the transition from medicine intern to neurology resident, the program ensures that there will be a senior resident in the hospital at all times during July and August. There is also a summer lecture series with daily noon conference topics prepared especially for the PGY-2 class.

Mentor Program

Each resident receives a faculty mentor who is available throughout all three years as a source of career guidance, advice, and mentoring. Mentors meet with residents periodically to discuss how resident life is going and to help with the process of exploring different career paths. An individual mentor’s primary responsibility will be to guide you through residency. This includes helping you to acclimate to Mount Sinai and making you aware of the resources available to you, helping you to develop organizational and life management skills, ensuring that you are developing an appropriate knowledge base and clinical skill set and acting as your advocate. There are also designated go-to faculty members from a broad range of neurological and neuroscience subspecialties to help guide career interests, fellowship applications, and research projects in areas of mutual interest. In addition to the mentor program, residents meet with the program director semi-annually to discuss setting short- and long-term goals and to review personal accomplishments.