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.
about our program
We are a four-year categorical program, with eight positions per year. During the PGY1 year, residents complete eight months of internal medicine (as required by the ABPN), but spend the remaining four months of the year on Neurology rotations, 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 both resident and faculty mentors on arrival and are encouraged to get a head start on research projects. This early integration into the UF neurology community allows residents the opportunity to maximize their education, feel at home in our department, and make well-informed decisions about subspecialty career plans.
The UF Neurology Department actively fosters diversity and inclusion among its faculty, trainees, staff, and overall mission. The department has developed a robust Diversity Council, which enthusiastically welcomes resident participation. Current initiatives include diversity education, inclusive clinical care, mentorship, and community outreach (https://neurology.ufl.edu/about-us/diversity-council/). Diversity in medicine has measurable benefits for patient care, and our residency training includes a longitudinal curriculum to understand the impacts of socioeconomic, demographic, and cultural factors on health and illness, as well as the effects of healthcare disparities. Faculty who work with residents represent diverse backgrounds, training, and perspectives. Residents encounter a diverse population of patients at our two affiliated teaching hospitals: Shands/UF Health Hospital and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. Finally, Gainesville is a true college town that welcomes and supports a diverse population.
Residents have a great deal of flexibility in their elective choices, beginning with the PGY1 year. There are also many supplemental conferences and activities across a wide variety of interests, such as advanced simulation training for those interested in neurocritical care. Residents 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 standard Clinical Track. 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.
about the team
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.
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.
Neal Weisbrod is a clinician educator with a focus on inpatient neurology and palliative care. He trained at the University of Rochester, New York for undergraduate education, medical school, and neurology residency. His clinical focuses are neurohospitalist and palliative care consult practice. In the realm of education he enjoys teaching neurological localization and diagnostic decision making in addition to equipping trainees with the skills to navigate challenging conversations about serious illness and effectively manage symptoms at all stages of illness.
The heart of any residency program is its coordinator, and we are truly lucky to have Jennifer Shipley, winner of the 2020 Debra Dooley Program Coordinator Excellence Award from the ACGME. To quote one of our prior graduates, “Charmingly straightforward and ever-hardworking, Jennifer’s go-to phrase is “we can make that happen.”
Jennifer Shipley, Residency Program Coordinator Address: Department of Neurology Box 100236, UFHSC Gainesville, Florida 32610-0236. ………….. Email: Jennifer.Shipley@neurology.ufl.edu ………. Phone: 352-273-5550
Research and Scientific Method are the cornerstones 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.
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.
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.
Residents participate in daily topical didactics presented by faculty, as well as interactive case-based learning during daily Morning Report. There are many other departmental and subspecialty conferences that residents are welcome to attend as time and interest permit.
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.
We asked our residents: what do you like most about the UF Neurology program? “I chose the University of Florida because I felt very comfortable during my interview while meeting such distinguished faculty. The collegiate atmosphere of Gainesville is unlike any other. Growing up in Florida and knowing the impact the Shands hospital system has on my community made it an easy choice.” – Ziyad Aboudan, PGY1
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.
Current Residents and Alumni
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 and Morning Report, resident sleep rooms, a well-stocked housestaff lounge, and spacious inpatient team workrooms.
The Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, which brings together clinicians and researchers for diverse neurological diseases in a groundbreaking outpatient interdisciplinary workspace, opened in 2019.
Residency during the Covid pandemic
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have rallied together with support from the Neurology Department, graduate medical education community, and institution. Fortunately, case numbers in north-central Florida have been low overall, but UFHealth is nevertheless taking the utmost precautions, and are fortunate to have easy access to adequate personalized protective equipment in the hospital and clinics. Resident didactics, Morning Report, and Grand Rounds have switched to an all-virtual format, ensuring that all residents can participate easily regardless of location or rotation. Gainesville and its surrounding areas have many great outdoor spots to allow safe wellness activities. Our program held a socially-distanced graduation at our own Fixel Institute in June, with family and alumni joining in from across the globe via Zoom. It felt like a true homecoming to celebrate our graduates, and many felt it was the best graduation we’ve had in years!