Residency Program Overview

The goal of the Neurology Residency Training Program is to prepare residents for a career in academic neurology, with well-rounded strengths in clinical care, professionalism, research, and education. We are confident that every resident who we accept into our program will be able, with suitable application, to become a first-rate neurologist.

Clinical skills: Residents receive broad exposure to the full spectrum of clinical adult neurology, from the rapid-fire assessment of an acute stroke to the complex longitudinal relationship of patients with progressive neurodegenerative diseases. Education includes a strong foundation of core inpatient rotations (including dedicated stroke and neurocritical care services), exposure to selectives such as clinical neurophysiology (EEG, EMG/NCS), movement disorders, behavioral neurology, neuromuscular disease, epilepsy, pediatric neurology, psychiatry, and neuropathology, and a broad choice of electives.

The art of clinical neurology remains best learned through application at the bedside and in the clinic, as an apprentice under the close guidance of experienced faculty. Residents acquire clinical skills first under the close supervision of senior residents and faculty, and then, as competency and self-sufficiency increase, with greater degrees of independence. Our diverse faculty include many strong general and subspecialty neurologists to guide the development of the resident into a thoughtful clinician. Only through broad, deep, and reflective direct clinical experience will the resident master the clinical skills necessary to provide the highest quality neurological care. There are no shortcuts to this process, but the end result is worth it!

Residents enhance their clinical training through a daily noon didactic lecture series, developed by departmental education leadership to provide a curriculum that is high-yield, sequential, and comprehensive. Incoming junior residents received intense individualized training during our week-long orientation series so that they feel comfortable transitioning to their new roles as neurologists. In July, a residency-wide “boot camp” of emergency neurology management reinforces knowledge for junior and senior residents alike. The remainder of the year is focused on general neurology and subspecialty lectures, organized to provide sequential learning. Innovative teaching methods are interspersed throughout to reinforce teaching and clinical application. Dr. Wilson, the Residency Program director, and Dr. Miravalle, associate chair of education, are both prior recipients of the A.B. Baker Award from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and are recognized as educational innovators within the field.

Research: A strong foundation in research and the scientific method is a cornerstone of academic neurology. Our faculty are enthusiastic about including our residents in scholarly activity. Residents are required to participate in at least one significant longitudinal research project over the course of the residency, presented to the department during Grand Rounds prior to graduation. All residents are also expected to present scholarly activity annually during the Department of Neurology Research Day each spring. Residents receive research support and mentorship from Dr. Leo Almeida, Research Associate Program Director, as well as their individual research mentors. An annual Research Blitz is held every October, in which all faculty members present a brief overview of their ongoing projects with which they would welcome resident involvement. The department strongly encourages resident research presentations at national, regional and local conferences. All residents receive a yearly educational stipend that can be used for conference travel, and additional departmental funding is provided for those with accepted first-author presentations. Residents may spend up to several months of elective time during the three-year residency on research endeavors.

A dedicated clinician-research track is available for those who plan a career significantly focused on basic or clinical research.

Education: The ability to train the next generation of physicians is an essential responsibility of an academic clinician. Our residency provides ample formal and informal opportunities to participate in medical student education. All residents participate in the UF Health Residents as Teachers curriculum, which can be expanded to accommodate individual interests. PGY4 senior residents participate in the 7-week medical student preclinical neuroscience course, reviewing neuroanatomy and teaching foundations of the neurological exam and clinical localization. Medical students rotate on all inpatient services and clinic, allowing ample opportunity for the residents to practice their teaching skills.
A dedicated clinician-educator track is available for those planning a career in medical education.

All residents are paired with a mentor in their area of interest during the PGY1 year.

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Department of Neurology at Shands at the University of Florida – ranked #21 Nationally

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For more information contact

Jennifer Shipley
Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Neurology
Box 100236, UFHSC
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0236
Email: Jennifer Shipley
Phone: 352-273-5550

Christina Wilson , M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Neurology Residency Program
Department of Neurology
Box 100236, UFHSC
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0236
Phone: 352-273-5550