Neurology Research Residency

If you have outstanding bench, computational or clinical research background and are looking to accelerate the development as your neurologist-scientist career, you should consider our outstanding NIH R25-funded research-resident program. We also encourage residents who are seriously committed to a research career but with a less extensive research background to consider the program. Entry into the research residency is self-selected following matching into our residency program, with formal acceptance via a short NIH proposal occurring during PGY3 year. Although fewer than half of the research resident applications are approved nationally, the Mount Sinai Research Residency program has a remarkable 100% success rate since the program initiation in 2011. This is a testament to our dedicated research-residents and to our outstanding mentoring and career and grant-development support provided to our research residents by faculty and other research residents and fellows.   

We individualize the program to meet your needs. The program meets all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-Residency Review Committee (ACGME-RRC) requirements for clinical training and for Flexible Training in Neurology. Those requirements are a minimum of 18 months full-time equivalent of clinical adult neurology, including:

  • six months of inpatient experience in adult neurology,
  • six months (full-time equivalent) of outpatient experience in clinical adult neurology, including a resident longitudinal/continuity clinic
  • three months of elective time
  • three months in clinical child neurology
  • one month in clinical psychiatry

Our most recent class of incoming residents has a strong background in scholarship with an average of more than two first-author publications, many in high impact journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the Journal of Neuroscience, and the New England Journal of Medicine. If you have an extensive research background, you can contact Stuart Sealfon, MD, who directs the research residency, with specific questions.

Curriculum

A typical program would be:

PGY2 Year 

You follow the standard PGY-2 clinical rotations. At the same time, you meet with the Research Resident Advisory Committee (RRAC) quarterly to choose a mentor and develop your research education and career plan. In addition, you begin a directed-reading tutorial, working with your mentor, to familiarize yourself with your research area. You can switch mentors if need be. Several research residents have been able to make research progress during their PGY-2 year during elective and selective time.  

PGY3 Year 

Your clinical rotations follow the same PGY-3 curriculum as residents not considering the research track. You continue to meet with your mentor for the reading tutorial and with the Research Residency Requirement Committee to review your progress and refine your plans. Most residents apply to attend the American Neurological Association’s Translational and Clinical Research Course. You can devote elective time to research during this year. You submit a three-page formal research residency application during the fall of this year that is competitively reviewed at NIH

PGY4 Year

This year, you spend six months doing clinical rotations, fulfilling ACGME requirements, and have six months dedicated to research to generate the data you’ll need to apply for a National Institutes of Health K Award. In addition to meeting with your mentor regularly, you attend grant-writing workshops, a postdoctoral office career development seminar series, and a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke research program. We anticipate that you will make a presentation at a scientific meeting and draft specific aims for a K Award application.

Post Residency

Our program has successfully integrated the research residency with a variety of post-residency clinical-research fellowships, which includes up to two years of protected 80% research time as well as meeting all board requirements for subspeciality certification. Previous research residents have all been supported by the research residency grant during their fellowship and many have obtained foundation career-development and NIH funding support. While fellows are required to submit a progress report/application to the NIH for fellowship support, support is guaranteed as long as the fellowship occurs at an institution having a Neurology R25 grant program.