Residents typically spend 5-6 months on electives, and many residents use this time to obtain training in either clinical or basic science research. This training is particularly valuable for those individuals who already know they are interested in becoming an academic neurologist, or who want more experience to decide whether that is the career they want to pursue. Our curriculum is designed to comply with the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is in keeping with their philosophy on Flexible Training in Neurology to maximize efficient development of neurologist investigators.
There are many opportunities available for research within the Department of Neurology. In addition, there are also many faculty in other departments at Yale University that perform research relevant to clinical neuroscience, and residents are welcome to work with any of these faculty. Examples of available opportunities during residency training are found in the following links:
- To learn more about the wide variety of basic neuroscience research performed by faculty at Yale University, including many based outside our department, click on the following link to the website for the Yale University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program.
- Within the Department of Neurology, and based at the VA Medical Center in the neighboring town of West Haven, several of our faculty members perform cutting edge research on Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, and Neuropathic Pain, at the Center for Neuroscience & Regeneration Research.
- Within the Department of Neurology, and based at the Main Medical Center Campus, several of our faculty members perform cutting edge research on Basic Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative Diseases in the Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair.
- Residents can use this research elective time as a springboard for a variety of postgraduate training opportunities at Yale University.
- Those who are interested in a more intensive research experience during their residency may want to consider the Yale Investigative Neurology Program (YINP) or Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (CNSTP).