Neurology Residency at Mount Sinai Downtown

Our three-year residency program begins in your second post-graduate year (PGY-2). We are linked to the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Preliminary/Neurology program for your PGY-1 year and encourage applicants to apply to both. Most of our residents choose to spend all four years with us.

We are a small program, with only five residents per class, which means you enjoy close relationships with faculty members, both in clinical training and research.

  • Every resident is assigned a mentor for academic and emotional support throughout the three years.
  • You also choose a clinical research mentor who helps you develop independent clinical research projects with the goal of presentation at scientific meetings and publication.
  • All residents have dedicated research time in the PGY-3 year.

Our program director, Dr. Vicki Shanker, is a recipient of the American Academy of Neurology Program Director Recognition Award, as well as the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award. We are thrilled that Dr. Shanker has received national recognition for her tireless dedication and commitment to the growth and well-being of our program.

Our residents have diverse interests that have included careers in Global Neurology, clinical research, and medical education. Residents have served on the editorial board of the Resident and Fellow section of Neurology, as chairs in hospital committees, and have written grants while in training.

All of our recent graduates have presented at national or international conferences. Recently awarded scholarships include:

  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Enhanced Resident Leadership Program
  • AAN Leadership for Women Program
  • AAN Neurology on the Hill
  • AAN Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Scholarship
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine Junior Member Leadership Liaison Program
  • Harvard Macy Program for Post-Graduate Trainees: Future Academic Clinician-Educators

One of our current residents was recently inducted into the AOA society at Mount Sinai as a resident.

Ultimately, 100% of our residents complete a fellowship. The four residents in the class of 2019 are currently training at Stanford University (Vascular Neurology, Neuromuscular) and Mount Sinai (Headache, Movement Disorders). Previous residents have gone on to train at Harvard University, Yale University, the Mayo Clinic, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and many other outstanding institutions.

How to Apply

The Department of Neurology accepts applicants through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications are accepted between September and January. Only applications that contain the following will be reviewed: curriculum vitae, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, medical school transcript, and USMLE scores. Dean’s letters are received on October 1st. The Department will consider applicants seeking H1B or J1 visas. ECFMG certificate must be obtained prior to the rank list deadline.

Offers to interview will continue throughout the interview season. Interviews take place October - January.  Applicants and programs submit their rankings to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) in mid-February. Applicants and programs are notified of the match results on Match Day in mid-March.