Neurology Residency Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital

The Neurology Residency Program is designed to provide residents with a broad knowledge base in neuroscience and clinical abilities to recognize and treat the full spectrum of neurologic diseases. The program provides extensive clinical and didactic grounding to enable the trainee to handle and understand the growing body of neuro-diagnostics and neuro-therapeutics throughout their careers. We encourage each resident to develop maturity, responsibility, and empathy critical to the modern practice of neurology. We develop residents’ skills across the full range of ACGME core competencies, including professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, and foster an aptitude for systems-based practice. By graduation, each of our residents is grounded in basic neuroscience, has had broad clinical experience, and becomes a seasoned clinician-scientist, poised to become a professional neurologist of the highest caliber.

Overview of the Residency Schedule: PGY1-4

PGY-1 Categorical Year - Internship

Eight, 4-week blocks on an array of medical services

16-weeks of elective –typically includes both neurology and non-neurology specialties, neuroscience, neuro-education research, or other fields of interest
PGY-2 First Year of Neurology Residency

Summer Schedule:
“Buddy call” senior resident in the hospital at all times for consultation

Summer lecture series including neurology basics, hands-on training in running codes and performing lumbar punctures

Remainder of year:
General neurology, stroke, consult, and neuro-oncology services at Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH)

Neurosurgical ICU and ambulatory clinic at MSH

Consult service at Bronx VA

Daily morning report, weekly grand rounds, chief of service rounds, daily didactic conferences as part of year-long neuroscience curriculum series

6 weeks of elective

PGY-3 Second Year of Neurology Residency

20 weeks of 2-week or 4-week block rotations at Elmhurst Hospital, acting as senior resident on the general neurology and consult services and outpatient clinic 

Neurologic Emergencies consult service blocks at MSH, as well as blocks in pediatric neurology and neurophysiology at MSH 

Remainder of year at the Bronx VA Hospital, supervising PGY-2 residents

6 weeks of elective
PGY-4 Third Year of Neurology Residency

Serve as senior residents on the general neurology, stroke, and consult services at MSH 

Additional time on pediatric neurology and psychiatry

Expanded consult service working with PGY-3s, dividing Neurologic Emergencies from Inpatient Consult service

2 weeks on night float as part of the “buddy call” system

14 weeks of electives and Teaching Resident blocks

The warm rapport among residents, close communication with faculty, diversity of our patient population, and emphasis on outstanding patient care lie at the heart of our program.

We take duty hours seriously and prioritize resident wellness.  Our schedules comply with the ACGME work-hours limitations and New York State Bell Commission in rules limiting work hours. 

There are 26 weeks of electives across the three years of neurology residency.We offer clinical electives in all of our neurological subspecialties, as well as multiple opportunities to arrange electives at outside institutions or devote elective time to research.

All residents have four weeks of vacation time each year.

What Residents Can Expect to Receive

  • Affordable hospital housing options for residents
  • Excellent health benefits
  • Competitive stipends
  • Lunch provided during daily noon conference at Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Waived New York State license fee as a PGY-2
  • Travel funds for presenting at professional meetings
  • Opportunity to moonlight
  • Neurology Resident Handbook
  • Transportation reimbursement for Uber services between hospitals (after hours)
  • Discounts on activities and events through the Mount Sinai Health System Recreation office, including fitness memberships, Broadway show tickets, sporting event tickets, food and dining, car rentals, airline tickets, hotels and resorts, city attractions, and museums.

Resident Housing

Mount Sinai provides housing options for incoming families, incoming couples, and incoming singles. There are housing options available within the on-campus and block-leased inventory. Please visit the housing section for more details. 

Mentor Program

Each resident is paired with a faculty member who will be available as a mentor throughout all three years of residency. The mentor’s responsibility is to act as a guide for career development, as a resource for research and elective opportunities, and as an advocate for issues that arise both inside and outside of the hospital. The goal is for each resident to develop a strong personal and professional connection with a dedicated faculty member who will support them and guide them through the program. There are also designated faculty members representing a broad range of neurological and neuroscience subspecialties to help individual residents with career interests, fellowship applications, and research projects. In addition, all residents meet with the program director semi-annually to discuss short- and long-term goals and to review personal accomplishments.

Residency Program Curriculum and Conferences

The goals of the curriculum parallel that of the residency program: to train well-rounded clinicians, nurture their humanistic values, and prepare them for leadership roles in their selected fields. Our dynamic learner-focused curriculum capitalizes on residents’ experiences, clinical relevance of education material, and practicality, in addition to the expertise of the lecturer. The curriculum has been comprehensively refined through resident leadership to maximize resident engagement and learning, and our curriculum itself has been a focus of resident scholarship resulting in presentations at local and national meetings.

Core conferences take place weekdays at noon (lunch is provided). The course is divided into four consecutive (seasonal) courses with advancing levels of academic complexity. In the summer, we begin with the basics of neurology practice and management of neurological emergencies. Orientation to research and development of research interests are also discussed. In the winter, the focus shifts to more complicated neurological conditions and management, integrated with advanced pathophysiology, neuroradiology and neuroanatomy. Finally, the spring course places a deeper emphasis on research, with an eye toward emerging and future trends in the field.  A series of conferences on how to review the scientific literature is led by Dr. Fred Lublin.

Each noon conference session includes both a lecture and a resident-led boards-style question-and-answer session, meant to further engage residents and students in the material and offer teaching opportunities for the senior residents on the Teaching Resident block.

Throughout the year, many sessions are also dedicated to quality improvement initiatives, “resident as teacher” modules, and resident wellness. The well-being of our residents is paramount, and the goal of these sessions – as well as extracurricular events – is to help establish work-life balance, nourish healthful approaches, prevent burnout, and reduce stress.

All conferences are video broadcast to our affiliated sites (Elmhurst and the Bronx VA), and then stored in a digital AV library accessible via shared media storage.