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About the Residency Program

Neurology Residency Program
Jacobsen Hall
Rm. 1011A
175 Elizabeth Blackwell Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-5357
Fax: 315 464-5355
Name: Mary Phelan, BS, C-TAGME, Education Administrator
Email: [email protected]

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.

Faculty Subspecialties

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

New to the Program

  • 4pm Sign out so residents can have time to complete work in a timely manner and leave on time
  • Consult and ward services are now separated into 2 teams lead by 2 attendings and 2 senior residents to allow for efficiency and autonomy
  • PGY-4 Lead Resident in Diversity and Inclusion to assist with creating educational content centered on this topic and activities to promote the inclusion of all in medicine.
  • 3rd Chief Resident position added.
  • Headache Center located at 6620 Fly Road, Syracuse NY 13057

Rotations in Two Major Hospitals

Residents rotate to two major hospitals in Central New York, Upstate University Hospital, and Syracuse VA medical center. Both have a large patient referral base with interesting and diverse pathology.

Upstate University Hospital is:

  • A New York State Designated Upstate Stroke Center
  • The Region's FIRST Level 1 Comprehensive Stroke Center (AHA Gold Plus Award)
  • Level 4 Epilepsy Center
  • 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.

Our Headache Center is located in East Syracuse and provides a comprehensive outpatient care center including opportunities to train in headache procedures (Botox, Occipital Nerve Blocks, Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks) and provide infusions for acute headache management outside of the hospital setting. Residents will need to use public transportation, taxi/Uber or drive their own vehicle to get to this site. 

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 clinic 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