I am delighted that you are interested in Upstate's Neurology Residency program. When you think of Syracuse, no doubt basketball and snow first come to mind. We have plenty of both here, but we also have much, much more.The SUNY Upstate Medical University Neurology Department and its Residency Training Program experienced dramatic growth over the past decade. During that time we became a Hub Hospital for Stroke Care, opened a busy Neuro-Intensive Care Unit and moved into a beautiful new, dedicated neuroscience wing at University Hospital.
"I hear from our graduates fairly often. A common observation is that they found themselves better trained than peers trained at some of the country's most prestigious institutions. They feel comfortable and self-confident as neurologists and they feel well-prepared for the challenges, both of private practice and of academic neurology."
Through vigorous recruitment efforts by our Chair, we now have faculty covering all major subspecialty areas with Neurology: Stroke, Neuro-ICU, Epilepsy, Neuro-ophthalmology and Headache, Neuroimmunology, Movement Disorders, Dementia, Neuromuscular Disease and Pediatric Neurology.
Within the residency, we devised novel ways to manage our busy patient load that optimize patient safety and the learning environment. One example is the Neurology Admitting Resident (NAR), a senior resident assigned to the University Hospital Emergency Department 5 days/week. The NAR is rapidly on the scene for stroke codes and other neurological emergencies, triaging all neurology consults. Our residents say again and again, that during this rotation they "became a neurologist." We have a good quality night float system and four inpatient teams: Neuro-ICU, Stroke, General Neurology. Ambulatory rotations for residents at all levels of training balance the curriculum.
Perhaps our greatest strength is our rich and diverse patient population. Drawing from 17 counties that stretch from Pennsylvania to Canada, we are the tertiary care center for much of upstate New York. Thus, we see patients with the full range of neurologic problems, both commonplace and rare. Another major strength of our program is its warm, friendly, and supportive atmosphere. Residents have commented to me that, although we are a busy program, the stress of this is greatly mitigated by strong bonds between residents and between faculty and residents.
We also have a comprehensive didactic program. I am excited about our new "top-down" core curriculum. Clinical and basic science content, along with pathology and neuroradiology, relevant clinical neurophysiology are taught in month-long units at daily noon conferences. We begin with the cortex and end with the peripheral nervous system. Each unit is followed by a Jeopardy to encourage study and reinforce material.
I cannot describe our program strengths without shining the light on our wonderful residents. Hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, motivated and fun, they come from all over the US and the world and dive into clinical neurology with vigor and excitement. They emerge three years later as excellent clinical neurologists. They are an inspiration to me.
Another major asset of our program is new East Wing of University Hospital where our Neuro-ICU, Neuro Step-down and Neurology floor beds are all situated on the 9th floor. Well-equipped and spacious, they create a pleasant working environment.
Our graduates obtain excellent fellowships in the sub-specialty of their choice. Some recent graduates and current residents have secured fellowships as follows:
I hear from our graduates fairly often. A common observation is that they found themselves better trained than peers trained at some of the country's most prestigious institutions. They feel comfortable and self-confident as neurologists and they feel well-prepared for the challenges, both of private practice and of academic neurology.
In summary, SUNY Upstate Neurology offers you a collegial atmosphere, replete with fascinating cases of all types, an excellent curriculum and a very bright future in Neurology. Thank you for your interest and best of luck, wherever life takes you.
Deborah Young Bradshaw, MD