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Neurology Residency

About the Residency Program

Program AIMs

The AIMs of our program are to:

AIM 1 —  Develop and maintain a well-structured training environment that balances learning and clinical work such that residents develop skills necessary to care for a large volume of patients with high acuity and diverse pathology.

AIM 2 — Train residents to develop habits that promote wellness and resiliency and to recognize and address burnout in themselves and others.

AIM 3 — Model, teach and recognize high levels of professionalism in a learning environment that is collegial and supportive.

AIM 4 — Develop leadership skills in resident and fellow trainees, preparing them to assume leadership roles in a variety of work environments.

The Neurology residency program at Upstate Medical University is accredited by the ACGME on a 5-year cycle, the maximal cycle length awarded by the ACGME prior to its conversion to the Next Accreditation System.

We are a categorical program offering 9 positions per year.

Upstate's Neurology faculty members subspecialize in:

  • Epilepsy
  • Headache/Pain
  • Neurocritical care
  • Vascular neurology
  • Movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis/neuroimmunology
  • Neuromuscular
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology/otology
  • Sleep medicine
  • Pediatric neurology
  • Behavior Neurology

Recent changes to the program include:

  • New Clinic block built into the rotation schedule with one 1/2 day off during the clinic block to allow residents to attend to personal needs during the week.
  • Monthly wellness conference.
  • New Neuro-Oncologist.

Some statistics on our program

  • RITE - Our residents have scored at or above the national mean for all programs for the past 5 years.
  • Humanisim/Excellence in Teaching Award (Arnold Gold Foundation) 3 Neurology Residents have received this award during the past 5 years selected by 4th year medical students.

Residents rotate to two major hospitals in Central New York Upstate University Hospital and Syracuse VA medical center. Both have large patient referral base with interesting and diverse pathology. University Hospital is a New York State Designated Upstate Stroke Center and the Region's FIRST Level 1 Comprehensive Stroke Center (AHA Gold Plus Award), Level 4 Epilepsy Center and Upstate is a Level I Trauma Center.

Inpatient services at Upstate University Hospital include a dedicated Neuro-ICU service, staffed by Neuro-ICU trained Neurologists and Neurosurgeons. We also have a dedicated stroke service, a general neurology/consult service and a pediatric neurology service. The busy neuro-intensive care unit, inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit and neuro-intervention program offer residents unique clinical experience in managing common and challenging neurologic conditions.

In addition, experience with prolonged epilepsy monitoring at our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is available through our affiliate hospital, Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus just across town.

The residents have continuity of care clinic at University Health Care Center and a general Neurology Clinic at the VA Medical Center. The residents clinic schedule is built into the rotation schedule, as a one week block of clinic every six weeks. During the clinic week there is continuity of care clinc each day for 1/2 of the day. Residents select a sub specialty clinic they would like to do during the other 1/2 day and each clinic week the residents recieve one 1/2 day off free from duty to attend to personal needs.  Outpatient electives are available in Neuro-ophthalmology, Movement Disorders, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Headache/Pain, Neuromuscular Disease, Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders. In addition, experience with prolonged epilepsy monitoring at our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is available through our affiliate hospital, Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus just across town.

Residents experience rigorous training in a very friendly and close-knit teaching environment.

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