Welcome to the University of Florida Neurology Residency Training Program! The mission of our residency is to train compassionate and well-rounded neurologists who exhibit strengths in clinical care, professionalism, research, and the education of future generations. Teaching is the department’s highest priority, and we take pride in collaborating with our residents to provide a highly educational, flexible, and fun training program.
We are a four-year categorical program, with eight positions available per year. During the PGY1 year, residents complete ABPN-required internal medicine rotations but spend the remainder of the year integrating into the Neurology Department, including an introduction to our inpatient services, outpatient clinics, future continuity clinic patients, epilepsy/EEG interpretation, and a wide choice of electives. Interns are paired with resident and faculty mentors on arrival and are encouraged to get a head start on research projects. This early introduction to neurology allows residents the opportunity to maximize their education, feel at home in our department, and make well-informed decisions about subspecialty career plans.
Residents encounter a diverse population of inpatients and outpatients at our two affiliated teaching hospitals: Shands/UF Health Hospital and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. The UF Health Neuromedicine tower, which opened in 2017, is designed for the perfect interdisciplinary patient experience and brings together our inpatients (including 48 dedicated neurointensive care beds and 48 neuromedicine beds), outpatients, and state-of-the-art neuromedicine ancillary testing. It also houses the neurology resident didactics, sleep rooms, well-stocked housestaff lounge, and inpatient team workrooms. We are particularly excited about the recent opening of the brand-new Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, which brings together clinicians and researchers for diverse neurological diseases in a groundbreaking interdisciplinary workspace.
One of the highlights of our residency is the standing weekly meeting between residents and program leadership to discuss resident programmatic feedback. All programs have opportunities for improvement, and working with the residents to create their ideal program is one of greatest sources of satisfaction that we have as medical educators. Residents also have the opportunity to individualize their training by supplementing their clinical experience with a dedicated research, education, or leadership track.
We look forward to receiving your application to our categorical program – it’s a great time to be a Florida Gator!
Christina A. Wilson, MD, PhD
Addie Patterson, DO
Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency Training Program
|Michael Okun, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Neurology
Co-Director Movement Disorders Center
National Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation