Welcome from the Residency Program Director
I would like to extend a warm welcome to you from the Yale Neurology Residency Program. We are proud of our training program and the graduates it produces, and on this website, we have included detailed information about the many unique strengths of the Yale program.
In addition to outstanding clinical training, through our residency tracks, our program provides many opportunities for residents to tailor their residency training for careers in research, education, international health and clinical neurology. Our goal is to produce exceptional clinicians who are leaders in their respective fields, and we are constantly re-evaluating our curriculum with this goal in mind.
Take the time to explore this website to find out more about us. We hope you will discover what we already know – there is no better place to start a career in neurology than right here.
The first year of neurology training is designed to provide an intensive clinical experience in a structured teaching setting. In parallel with direct care on the inpatient Neurology Services, PGY-2 residents are assigned to outpatient clinics where they receive one-on-one supervision. A large percentage of time is spent on the Yale-New Haven Hospital adult inpatient service, and the West Haven V. A. Medical Center.
The primary goal of the PGY-2 year is for the resident to achieve a high degree of competence in the clinical assessment, evaluation, and treatment of patients with neurological disease. Residents gain experience in the interpretation of neurodiagnostic techniques including: EEG, EMG, evoked potentials, carotid and transcranial ultrasound, angiograms, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single photon emission tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET). As noted below, outpatient as well as inpatient neurology is emphasized. Beginning during this first year of neurology training, residents establish close working relationships with faculty in the Department. Collegiality is emphasized, and feedback is provided throughout the period of residency.
Click here for a description of a typical PGY-2 schedule.
The second year of neurology training is directed toward focused training in key areas of neurology Three months of pediatric neurology are required during all adult neurology residency programs, providing in-depth exposure to this population of patient.
PGY-3 Elective Time
Click here for a description of a typical PGY-3 schedule
The PGY-4 year of neurology residency training is one of advanced clinical responsibility and in-depth study in elective areas of interest. Each resident rotates through the Consult Service at Yale-New Haven Hospital. During this year, the resident also spends time directing the inpatient Neurology Services at Yale and the West Haven VA Medical Center as Senior Ward Resident. This training in a supervisory role provides a useful transition to clinical practice, fellowship, or academic neuroscience.
Senior Resident Teaching
Residents, at all levels, play an important role in the neurology teaching program. During the PGY-4 year, the senior residents assume a major responsibility for teaching within the residency program, and for the supervision of medical students rotating on the neurology service. Residents in the Clinician-Educator Track can use elective time for medical education electives, education research, or the development of educational tools or programs.
Three months of elective time are available in the PGY-4 year, and interested residents are encouraged to use this time for research. More elective time is available in the PGY-4 year to residents in the Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program and the Yale Investigative Neurology Program.
Previous residents have used elective time in their senior year for international electives, either arranged on their own, or as part of the Global Neurology residency track.
Click here for a description of a typical PGY-4 schedule.
We have established several residency tracks to provide residents the opportunity to develop their interests in research, medical education and global health early in their careers.
Yale Investigative Neurology Program (YINP)
This is a unique training opportunity through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). We offer up to 2 positions per year, to rare candidates who have both extensive research experience and a clear vision for a career in research. Residents in this program will be provided additional protected time for research, and an additional 12 months of funded research time in a PGY-5 year if desired. To learn more about this program, clinic here.
Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (CNSTP)
Residents who have not matched into the YINP will have the opportunity to enter this program, which is an NIH-funded R25 program providing up to 24 months of protected research time, with at least 6 months of protected research in the PGY-4 year and the remainder completed during a post-residency research fellowship. Candidates are selected on a competitive basis at the beginning of the PGY-3 year. For more information, click here.
Residents with a strong interest in careers in neurology education can choose to enter this track at the start of their PGY-3 year. In this track, residents will have the opportunity to use elective time for medical education training, education research and/or the development of educational tools or programs. To find out more, click here.
Global Neurology Track
Residents with a strong interest in careers in global health and neurology can choose to enter this track at the start of their PGY-3 year. In this track, residents will have the opportunity to use elective time for travel abroad and global neurology research. To find out more, click here.