Neurology Research Residency

If you have outstanding bench, computational or clinical research background and are looking to further develop these skills, our research-resident program is a good fit.

We can 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


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.