Residency Program

Special Program Features

The Neurology residency program at Upstate Medical University is three year program in adult neurology, certified by the ACGME and made outstanding by:

  • Vigorous and growing Neurology Department
  • 5-year ACGME certification cycle of the Residency Program. This is the longest program cycle granted.
  • Strong didactic program
  • Large patient referral base with interesting and diverse pathology
  • Close-knit, friendly teaching environment
  • Two adjacent hospitals, each with a unique practice setting:
  • NYS Designated Stroke Center offering intravenous and intravascular thrombolysis, stents, clot retrieval, endovascular aneurysm treatments.
  • Neurointensive Care Service. Intracranial pressure and perfusion monitoring, hypothermia.
  • Comprehensive Epilepsy Treatment program with large inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit.
  • New neuroscience hospital unit opened July, 2009, featuring large private patient rooms with roomside work stations
  • New Children's Hospital opened 2009
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PGY-1 Year

Successful completion of a preliminary year in internal medicine (or equivalent, see ABPN for details) in an ACGME-certified program is required for board certification in Neurology. The preliminary internal medicine program must be applied for separately through ERAS. Matching to PGY-1 programs occurs simultaneous with the neurology match.

All applicants to the Neurology Residency program at Upstate Medical University, who meet the requirements of the Upstate Medical University Internal Medicine Residency are encouraged to apply to that program for their PGY-1 year. Competitive candidates for the Neurology program will be interviewed by the Internal Medicine program. Interviews will be coordinated if possible.

Other hospitals in the central NY region offering appropriate PGY-1 training include


First Year

The PGY-2 (R1) year includes rotations on the General Neurology Service, Stroke Service and Neuro-ICU services at University Hospital. Rotations are 2 to 4 weeks in duration. An Ambulatory rotation provides one-on-one exposure to attending physicians in a variety of sub-specialties. This rotation includes a lumbar puncture clinic. Pediatric Neurology, Neurology Admitting Resident and General Night Float are introduced during the second half of the first year. A 4 week Neuroradiology is also assigned. Intensive rotations are alternated with more relaxed rotations when possible. The general and ICU night float roles rotation is staffed primarily by residents in this year.

Stroke, University Hospital 8–10 weeks
ICU, University Hospital 4 weeks
General Neurology & Epilepsy Service, University Hospital 8–10 weeks
Neurology Admitting Resident 2 weeks
Pediatrics 4 weeks
Ambulatory 4 weeks
EEG/Epilepsy Outpatient 2 weeks
Neuroradiology 4 weeks
Elective 2 weeks
ICU Night float 6 weeks
Vacation 4 weeks

Second Year

The first half of the second year PGY-3 (R2) residents deepen their understanding of basic and clinical neuroscience with rotations in EEG and EMG. Elective time permits exploration of sub-specialties to help the resident choose a fellowship. The R2 resident takes charge of small inpatient services at the VA, working one-on-one with the attending. During the year the R2 resident takes on more challenging leadership roles as senior resident such as the Neurology Admitting Resident and stroke senior.

VA Hospital 10 weeks
Stroke Senior 4 weeks
Neurology Admitting Resident, UH 6 weeks
EEG 4 weeks
EMG 6 weeks
ICU Night Float 2 weeks
General Night Float 4 weeks
Elective 12 weeks
Vacation 4 weeks

Third Year

The PGY-4 (R3) year develops the resident as team leader and also emphasizes the intersection of Neurology with other disciplines through the Consultation service. Ample elective is available during the final 6 months of the program to fill in gaps in experience and knowledge.

University Consult Service/Non-stroke Senior 10 weeks
Ambulatory 4 weeks
Neurology Admitting Resident 2–4 weeks
Stroke Senior 4 weeks
Pediatrics 8 weeks
Night Float 6 weeks
Elective 12 weeks
Vacation 4 weeks

Complete List of Electives