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Residency Research


HJ Sophie Cho, MD presents at ACNS 2012 in Miami, Florida.
HJ Sophie Cho, MD presents at ACNS 2012 in Miami, Florida.

Training in research methods and experience doing research are important aspects of Neurology resident education. At Upstate Neurology, all residents are required to complete a scholarly project.

During the first year each resident selects a mentor with expertise in the trainee’s area of interest. The recommended timeline for the project is:

  • PGY-2 - Choose research project and perform literature review
  • PGY-3 - Collect data
  • PGY-4 - Present abstract and write paper

Annual research updates take place in June at the end of each academic year. Each resident is assigned 30 minutes to give an update on the status of their project.  Faculty members with expertise in study design offer “Study Design Consultation” at critical points in project development.

Examples of research projects include the following:

  • Clinical research
  • Basic and translational science
  • Outcomes and health care utilization research
  • Medical education research
  • Clinical case presentation with review of the literature

Conference Presentations

The department strongly encourages resident research presentations at national and regional conferences. Many residents submit abstracts to the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association and several neurology subspecialty meetings. All residents receive a yearly educational stipend that can be used for conference travel provided to those with accepted first author presentations. Residents presenting as first author can receive up to $2000/year of funding for conference attendance (see "stipend and benefits" section for further clarification).

Journal Club

Residents attend monthly Journal Clubs. Each session focuses on an important recent paper. At least two faculty members moderate, one a subspecialty content expert and one to assist with study design critique and interpretation.

AAN Evidence-based Medicine

This course was developed by experts at the AAN to educate neurology residents on EBM. Ten modules with pre and post tests are delivered every 3 years by faculty with expertise in research.

Other scholarly activity

Residents are strongly encouraged to report interesting patients as case reports or case series. This activity allows the resident to review a subject and learn how to evaluate the clinical literature. It also develops resident writing skills under faculty guidance.

Quality Improvement

All residents participate in M & M conferences. Residents select a quality improvement project and work in teams. These projects are presented in October during Neuroscience Grand Rounds. Updates and/or status of the project is presented at the end of the year in June.

Platform Presentation

Pervez M, Jubelt B. Platform "Refractory Status Epilepticus (RES) in Powassan Virus (POWV) Encephalitis" American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting, Washington, DC, April, 2015

El Zammar Z, Sangha R, Latorre JG, Patel K, Sood A, Platform "Endovascular Therapy For Acute Ischemic Stroke and The Role of Intra-Arterial Vasodilators." European Stroke Conference, London, England May, 2013

Mao Y, Zidan A, Afzal U, Cherukuri R, Qadeer U, Bradshaw, D.Stroke Code Simulation Lab; Save Time Save Brain!” AAN Vancouver BC, Canada April 2016 and 2016 Patient Safety Quality Award Resident Recipients

Poster Presentations

Gudlavalleti A, Anwer S, Schleier J, Onyan J, Vallelunga M, Chandak R, Latorre J  “Demographics and Outcomes Between Telestroke and Routine Hospital Transfers in Acute Ischemic Stroke” AAN Annual Meeting – Los Angeles, CA April, 2018

Hussaini S, Elwan S, Singh G, Simionescu L, Beach RMultiple antibody positive autoimmune encephalomyelitis; Role of immunosuppression in relapsing disease” AAN Annual Meeting – Los Angeles, CA April, 2018

Vanguru H, Mamoon R, Lopez CY, Masoud H, Albright KC, Boehme A, “Outcomes of Acute Basilar Occlusion Ischemic Strokes with Advent of Modern Thrombectomy Devices, a New York State Experience AAN Annual Meeting - Philadelphia, May, 2019

Ewida A, Laxton K, Lou A, Suryadevara N, Sanders A, “An unusual late presentation of anti-NMDA Receptor (NMDA-R) Autoimmune Encephalitis following Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Encephalitis“ AAN Annual Meeting - Philadelphia, May, 2019

Ahmed R, Vanguru H, Lopez CY, Godasi R, Masoud H, "Supratentorial and Infratentorial strokes in the setting of a Persisitent Primative Trigeminal Artery" SVIN Annual Meeting - Atlanta, GA, November, 2019

Fahimi G, Reddy G, Izadyar S, "Report of an Unusual Case of Seizure Remission Post Stereotactic Intracranial Depth Electrode Placement", AES Annual Meeting - Baltimore, MD, December, 2019


Culebras A, Anwer S,  Sleep Apnea Is a Risk Factor for Stroke and Vascular Dementia, Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2018 Jun 25;18(8):53. doi: 10.1007/s11910-018-0855-1.

Vallabhaneni D, Naveed MA, Mangla R, Zidan A, Mehta RI, Perfusion Imaging in Autoimmune Encephalitis, Case Rep Radiol. 2018 May 6;2018:3538645. doi: 10.1155/2018/3538645. eCollection 2018.

Shah SS, Gersey ZC, Nuh M, Ghonim HT, Elhammady MS, Peterson EC, Microsurgical versus endovascular interventions for blood-blister aneurysms of the internal carotid artery: systematic review of literature and meta-analysis on safety and efficacy. J Neurosurg. 2017 Dec;127(6):1361-1373. doi: 10.3171/2016.9.JNS161526. Epub 2017 Feb 17

Shah SP, Pitroda P, Patel K, Chandak R, Ford T, Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia Secondary to Subarachnoid Haemorrhage: A Rare Occurrence in the Setting of Normal QTc. Cardiol Res. 2017 Oct;8(5):232-235. doi: 10.14740/cr574w. Epub 2017 Oct 27

Alshiekh-Nasany R, Zidan A, Martinez C, Extensive intracranial arterial stenoses in conjunction with the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitor Nilotinib. Clin Case Rep. 2016 Nov 9;4(12):1184-1186. eCollection 2016 Dec.

Sharma S, Culebras A, Sleep Apnea and Stroke, Stroke Vasc Neurol. 2016 Dec 19;1(4):185-191. doi: 10.1136/svn-2016-000038. eCollection 2016 Dec.

Fermin AM, Afzal U, Culebras A, Sleep in Neuromuscular Diseases, Sleep Med Clin. 2016 Mar;11(1):53-64. doi: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2015.10.005. Epub 2016 Jan 9.