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.

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about our program

Four-year categorical program

We have 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.


Diverse populations of patients

Residents in our program encounter a diverse population of patients 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 outpatient interdisciplinary workspace

UF Health vascular neurologist Christina Wilson, MD, leads of team who care for patients at UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Individualized Experience

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 craft their ideal program is one of greatest sources of satisfaction we have as medical educators. Residents also have the opportunity to individualize their training by participating in one of three tracks that provide a supplementary experience to the core residency education – the Research Academician Track, the Medical Education Track and the Leadership Track.

Resident Poster Session

about the team


Christina Wilson, MD, PhD

A key member of the largest comprehensive stroke program in north-central Florida. Dr. Wilson graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She was awarded her doctoral degree in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her research focused on the cell biology of presenilin proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease, for which she was awarded a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship.

Christina Wilson, MD, Vascular neurology assistant professor

Associate Program Director

Addie Patterson, DO

Dr. Patterson is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She attended the University of Dayton where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology. During this time, she developed an interest in holistic wellness, which led her to pursue a degree in osteopathic medicine. She attended Ohio University where she obtained her D.O. degree in 2011. She completed her internal medicine internship at Ohio State University in 2012. She completed her Neurology residency at the University of Florida in 2015.

Dr. Addie Patterson

program Coordinator

Jennifer Shipley

For more information contact: Jennifer Shipley Residency Program Coordinator Department of Neurology Box 100236, UFHSC Gainesville, Florida 32610-0236 Email: Jennifer.Shipley@neurology.ufl.edu Phone: 352-273-5550

Jennifer Shipley

Program Highlights

Research/Scientific Method

research and the scientific method is a cornerstone of academic neurology. Every UF Neurology resident is encouraged to engage in research as part of their educational experience, and residents may spend up to several months of elective time working on research.

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Teaching by Residents

In order to teach, residents must first have knowledge that is accurate and usefully organized. Teaching responsibilities are integrated into our residency program.All residents participate in the introductory Resident As Teacher (RasT) Program sponsored by the University of Florida.

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Strong Mentoring

Residents are paired with multiple mentors throughout residency to provide guidance in career and research planning. From the beginning of residency, intern are paired with a faculty career mentor in their area of interest as well as a senior resident to help with orientation to life as a neurology resident. Each resident also has a dedicated research mentor.


Variety of Conferences

Grand Rounds, Morning Reports, Resident Business Meetings, Neurology Resident Noon Didactics, Chairman’s Meeting, Peer Review, Board Review Session and Program Evaluation Committees just to name a few. Nearly all subspecialty hold standing educational conferences that residents are welcome to attend as time and interest permit.

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Annal Resident Awards

Awards are presented at the departmental graduation ceremony and include: the Robert H. Watson Resident Teacher of the Year Award, the Kenneth Heilman Award for the Best Research Project, the Research Day Award, the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Patient Care and the Program Director’s Scholastic Achievement Award given to the PGY2, PGY3, and PGY4 residents with the highest in-service examination score for his/her class.

2017 graduates

Resident Wellness

Residents participate in a longitudinal wellness curriculum focused on addressing both intrinsic and extrinsic sources of burnout, including the opportunity for burnout self-assessment and a monthly lecture series (addressing topics such as mindfulness, nutrition, organization, gratitude, forgiveness, exercise, and work-life balance) that aims to provide a toolkit for individual resilience and personal wellness.

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We asked our residents: what do you like most about the UF Neurology program? “What made me choose the UF Neurology residency program? The people! The residents and faculty at UF were among the nicest and most welcoming of all the programs at which I interviewed. The residents seemed like family, and the faculty were extraordinarily approachable and supportive.” – Justin De Prey

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Life in Gainesville

Gainesville is a true “University City”. It has been consistently ranked as one of Florida’s most livable cities, mainly because of its beautiful landscape and urban “forest.” The climate allows year-round outdoor activities. Easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coast, and many lakes and fresh water springs in the area makes Gainesville a perfect home for water sports enthusiasts.

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Current Residents and Alumni

life in Gainesville

life in Gainesville

University City

It has been consistently ranked as one of Florida’s most livable cities, mainly because of its beautiful landscape and urban “forest.” The climate allows year-round outdoor activities. Easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coast, and many lakes and fresh water springs in the area makes Gainesville a perfect home for water sports enthusiasts. Tennis, racquetball, golf, biking, and swimming can be enjoyed year round.

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