The structure of the University of Minnesota's neurology residency program enables trainees to satisfy ACGME core-competency requirements for patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism and system-based practice. It allows for residents to acquire clinical skills, build confidence and participate in supervised research activities while satisfying their intellectual curiosity and the need to care for patients and assume responsibility for medical decision making. The residency program is designed to meet trainees' expectations for achieving career goals, and we view such an emphasis as indispensable for the development of exceptional neurologists.

The program encompasses a diverse group of hospitals — the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (UMMC); Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC); the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC); North Memorial Medical Center (NMMC) and Regions Hospital — and provides residents with the experience required to manage and treat a wide range of neurologic disorders.

Application Procedure and Interview Process

All applications for the neurology residency training program at the University of Minnesota are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS); we do not accept paper applications. The Dean's office in your medical school will have a copy of The Student Workstation Manual and the software required to submit your application.

Application Requirements

  • A completed application form.
  • A personal statement.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation.
  • A Dean's letter from your medical school (MSPE).
  • A transcript from your medical school.
  • A recent photograph.
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores. You may apply to our program while Step 2 CS/CK scores are pending.

International Medical Graduates

  • Must possess a J-1 visa or be able to obtain a J-1 visa.
  • Must have hands-on clinical experience in an accredited program in the United States or Canada.
  • Must pass the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA), which includes an assessment of English language skills.

Our program does not sponsor H-1 visas.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the Neurology Residency Program must be graduates of an approved United States or Canadian Medical School, or foreign medical graduates who possess or are eligible for a J-1 visa, have been certified through the ECFMG and have obtained some clinical experience in an accredited program in the U.S. or Canada at the time of the application.

The Interview Process

All applications will be reviewed from September 15th to November 1st, 2014. Starting in late September we will e-mail invitations to select applicants with available interview dates, interview schedules and additional information regarding the interview process. Interview will be conducted during the months of October, November and December, 2014. Eligible applicants who submit their application earlier have a higher chance of interviewing on their preferred dates.

Hotel Accommodations

Our program provides hotel accommodations for the night prior to the interview at a discounted rate. We also provide taxi transportation for applicants who are leaving by plane after the interview.

Contact Us

All correspondence concerning the residency program should be addressed to:
Michael Leffler-McCabe, MD
Program Director
c/o Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Neurology
University of Minnesota
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 295
Minneapolis, MN 55455

You may also contact the program office by phone, fax or electronic mail:
Phone: 612-626-6519 (weekdays between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm CST)
Fax: 612-624-0687
Office Hours: 7:00 am — 4:30 pm

Program Structure G1–G4

Preliminary Transitional Year in Internal Medicine (G-1)

An integrated G-1 year is offered in the University of Minnesota affiliated hospital system. All applicants who match with our neurology training program are guaranteed a slot in the transitional G-1 program. Our program is distinctive in that neurology continuity clinic starts in July of the G-1 year, which allows continuous exposure from the very beginning to patients and faculty in the field of one’s choice. Residents have the opportunity to attend the neurology service-wide conferences during the G-1 year.

Specific rotation blocks include:
5 blocks of internal medicine at Regions, VAMC, or HCMC
2 blocks of neurology at HCMC
1 block of cardiology consults at Regions
1 block of emergency medicine at HCMC
1 block of medicine ICU (HCMC or Regions)
1 block of psychiatry at Regions
1 block of rehabilitation in the Spinal Cord Injury unit at VAMC
1 block dedicated to Quality Improvement Projects and Preparation for G2 year (“Boot Camp”).

First Year of Neurology Training (G-2)

The G-2 year at the University of Minnesota combines primary inpatient and consultation neurology with additional experience in neuro-critical care, stroke and sub-specialty outpatient clinics. This schedule is designed to provide an accelerated and comprehensive experience with acutely ill patients. For optimal preparation to care for patients due their G-2 year residents attend Neurology “Boot Camp” towards the end of the intern year.

Specific rotation blocks include:
4 blocks of inpatient neurology as a junior at UMMC
4 blocks of stroke/neuro-critical care (2 weeks of day float and 2 weeks of night float per block) at HCMC
2 blocks of epilepsy/EEG at UMMC
2 block of subspecialty clinics at various sites
1 block of elective

Second Year of Neurology Training (G-3)

The G-3 year allows for a smooth transition from junior to senior resident in neurology as knowledge and experience solidify. The first few months of the G-3 year are based mostly on outpatient, consult and laboratory rotations; during the latter part of the year residents start to act as seniors in an inpatient setting.

Specific rotation blocks include:
4 block of ward senior (split among UMMC, HCMC [consult service only], and VAMC)
1 blocks of neuropathology at UMMC
1 block pediatric neurology at UMMCv 1 block of clinical neurophysiology at VAMC
1 block of neuro-critical care at UMMC
2 block of subspecialty clinics (split with 2 weeks of night float per block)
3 blocks elective time (may be split with 2 weeks of night float)

Third Year of Neurology Training (G-4)

The final G4 year is a consolidation of skills and advanced responsibility. It further allows residents to pursue their personal subspecialty interests with several months of elective rotations prior to starting their fellowship or professional career.

Specific rotation blocks include:
3 blocks of inpatient ward senior (UMMC, HCMC [consult service only] and VAMC)
5 blocks of elective (1-2 blocks may have 1-2 weeks of night float)
2 blocks of pediatric neurology
1 block of epilepsy/EEG at UMMC
1 block of consultations at Regions
1 block of clinical neurophysiology at VAMC

Educational Activities, Backup, Outreach and Social Activities

The University of Minnesota Neurology Residency Program is historically committed to train the best neurologists in the country. Therefore, continuous exposure to clinical neurology as practiced in an outpatient environment and up-to-date didactic lectures constitute an essential component of our training program. Specific educational activities include resident outpatient continuity clinics, service-wide conferences, and rotation-specific conferences

Resident Mentoring and Evaluation Across Years (see separate tab for details)

Throughout their training period our residents receive continuous feedback on their performance and on their development as neurologists through formal and informal evaluations. While feedback is provided through informal processes such as discussions with the rounding or clinic attending, there are also formal feedback mechanisms in place, namely, our peer and faculty mentorship program, annual OSCE and RITE examinations, hands-on clinical skills workshops and simulation experiences, and semi-annual evaluations by the Program Director.

Backup for Unexpected Events

It is expected that there will be instances of sickness or family emergencies that make it impossible for residents to carry out their inpatient duties for short periods of time. For such instances we have created a backup “jeopardy call” system which allows for continuity of patient care without forcing residents to find someone to cover their service.

Outreach Activities

The University of Minnesota Neurology Residency Program has long been committed to serving the community. Our residents have participated in various community activities both individually and as part of programmatic initiatives. Examples of such activities include the Minnesota State Fair and Brain Awareness Week among others.

Social Activities

Social activities are planned on a monthly basis and include a Welcome Picnic, Neurology “Night at the Movies”, a Holiday Party, and opportunities to mingle with residents from other specialties.

Clinical Rotations

University of Minnesota Medical Center Inpatient Service

The inpatient neurology team administers care to the neurology ward patients and provides consultative service to the hospital. The inpatient team consists of one neurology senior resident (G-3 or G-4), two neurology junior residents (G-2), 2–3 medical students and often one or more medicine G-2 residents. The neurology residents at UMMC manage all aspects of patient care and perform all procedures under faculty supervision for all patients admitted to the neurology inpatient service. Neurology residents are given progressive responsibility for patient care in cooperation and close communication with attending neurologists.

Morning report: During this rotation an educational morning report conference directed by the inpatient attending is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (8:30 am–9:00 am) for the inpatient neurology service residents. The format can be similar to that of “Parry” rounds, with the attending teaching clinical skills as the resident presents and discusses a case, or, alternatively, the attending will teach on a topic chosen by the inpatient team.

Junior Resident: Junior residents divide their time between the Stroke Service and the General Neurology Service, alternating every two weeks. They are mostly responsible for the care of neurology inpatients, which include patients with vascular disease (e.g., ischemic stroke, minor hemorrhages, vascular malformations, intravascular procedure candidates), myasthenia gravis exacerbations, CIDP exacerbations, rapidly progressive dementias, and video EEG patients among others. Each junior resident on the team will take two overnight calls on two non-consecutive Saturdays during this rotation. A dedicated night float resident takes call six days of the week other than Saturday.

7:00 am–5:00 pm Monday to Friday for Saturday on-call resident
7:00 am–7:00 pm Monday to Friday otherwise
7:00 am Saturday–7:00 am Sunday on two non-consecutive weekends during this rotation

Senior Resident: Ward senior responsibilities include supervision of the junior residents and medical students on the inpatient service and teaching as well as patient care. The ward senior assigns admissions and consults, supervises sign-in and sign-out rounds, and arranges cases for the weekly Clinical Neuroscience Joint Conference.

7:00 am–5:00 pm Monday to Friday
7:00 am–7:00 pm Sunday

Nightfloat Resident: There is a dedicated night-float resident at night who is responsible for new admissions, cross coverage of inpatients, and new overnight consults. A vascular/neurointerventional fellow and an attending for each of the teams are available 24 hours a day to provide supervision at all times.

7:00 pm–7:00 am Sunday night to Saturday morning

Hennepin County Medical Center Inpatient Service

The service is divided into a general neurology consultation-only service and a stroke/neuro-critical care service.

The General Neurology Consult Service (GNCS) is headed by a neurology senior resident (G-3 or G-4) and staffed by a general neurologist, while the stroke/critical care team consists of a neurology G-2 resident plus a vascular neurology fellow and a staff physician with special expertise in vascular neurology, neuro-critical care, and, oftentimes, interventional neurology. Medical students and rotating residents from other services, including a neurology G-1 resident, 2–3 transitional residents and, often, neurosurgery or psychiatry G-1 residents, divide their time between the GNCS and the Stroke/Neuro-Critical Care Service.

G-1 Neurology Resident: Time is divided between the two services in two week blocks. Residents act as juniors in both services and carry their own stroke patients while on the stroke team or consult on other services while on the general team. They are under the supervision of more senior residents (G-2 under the Stroke Service and G-3 or G-4 under the GNCS while having direct daily interaction with and feedback from attending staff.

7:00 am–5:00 pm Monday through Saturday

G-2 Neurology Resident: Time is spent on the stroke service for two weeks, where the resident has more senior roles in supervising and organizing transitional year residents and medical students, and as a night float for two weeks, during which the resident is responsible for new admissions to the stroke service, cross-cover on stroke inpatients and new consults.

7:00 am–7:00 pm Monday through Friday while on the day stroke service
7:00 pm–7:00 am Sunday night to Saturday morning while night float

G-3 and G-4 Neurology Residents: Ward senior responsibilities include supervision of the junior residents and medical students on the inpatient service and teaching as well as patient care. The ward senior assigns admission and consults, supervises sign-in and sign-out rounds, and arranges neuroradiology rounds.

7:00 am–7:00 pm Sunday through Friday

Saturday covering resident: During Saturdays, residents on elective or outpatient rotations cover the service until Sunday morning.

7:00 am Saturday–7:00 am Sundays

Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center Neurology Inpatient Service

The inpatient team consists of two neurology co-senior residents (G-3 or G-4), one G-1 psychiatry resident, and 2–3 medical students. The inpatient team predominantly sees consultations on other services while neurology inpatients are predominantly admitted for video EEG evaluation. There is no night float system at the VAMC due to the reduced inpatient load as compared to that of the other facilities, but home call is in place. All residents on the team are responsible for home call and discuss each case with the attending physician on duty whether or not they end up going in to the hospital.

Neurology Senior Resident: The senior resident organizes and supervises the team and rounds on neurology and consult inpatients two of the four weekends during this block.

8:00 am–5:00 pm Monday to Friday
8:00 am–12:00 pm when rounding on weekends
5:00 pm–8:00 am during home call

Covering Neurology Resident: During this rotation there will also be home-call coverage and weekend coverage by the VA Neurophysiology resident.

VAMC Spinal Cord Injury Unit: During this rotation G-1 residents spend one block rotating through a neuro-rehabilitation unit in the state-of-the-art VAMC Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Unit. This block offers residents the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in rehabilitation medicine as it pertains to the care of chronic neurology patients. The neurorehabilitation unit is staffed by a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician. This rotation emphasizes a team approach to patient management through interaction with occupational therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and other support services. The neurology resident has the opportunity to observe the effect of rehabilitation on patients after a neurologic event (e.g., stroke, myasthenia exacerbation, spinal cord injury, ALS, MS, etc.).

8:00 am–5:00 pm Monday to Friday

Outpatient Clinics

University of Minnesota Medical Center Inpatient Service

Continuity Clinics
The continuity clinic experience is one of the most valued aspects of our program. Through this clinic residents gain experience in the longitudinal care of patients. Each resident is assigned to a single continuity clinic that they maintain throughout the G-1 to G-4 years. The clinic meets one afternoon a week, and the resident is excused from all other obligations to attend this clinic. Clinics are staffed by one or more teaching faculty. The supervising faculty remains constant, which facilitates the development of a mentoring relationship between resident and staff. Clinics are provided at UMMC, HCMC, VAMC, and Riverside Hospital.

Subspecialty Clinics
Numerous neurological subspecialty clinics are held weekly at each facility. G-2 and G-3 residents spend four-week blocks focusing on ambulatory subspecialty training.

Ataxia Clinic
The University of Minnesota Ataxia Clinic was established in 1991 as a specialty clinic devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ataxias. The University of Minnesota Ataxia Clinic sees all patients presenting with progressive problems of gait and balance, falling or vertigo. The founding principle of the UM Ataxia clinic is that patients with any of several rare disorders, most typically degenerative in nature, can benefit from the cumulative experience of specialists devoted to their diagnosis and treatment as well as prevention and management of complications in this group of patients. The Ataxia Clinic receives referrals predominantly from internists and neurologists in the Twin Cities area. However, patients are regularly referred from adjoining Midwest states and from throughout the US and North America. Occasional referrals have come from the Middle East, Asia and South America. Currently 700 patients and relatives have been entered into the Clinic database. The Ataxia Clinic is staffed by three Neurology specialists and a triage nurse who are assisted by a team of allied care providers in several fields including Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Cardiology and Genetic Counseling.

Chemodenervation Clinic
A botulinim toxin injection clinic takes place twice a month at HCMC. Cervical dystonia, spasticity, hemifacial spasms, blepharospasm, bruxism, oromandibular dystonia, hyperhidrosis and intractable headaches are treated with chemodenervation. A separate voice botox clinic for the treatment of spasmodic dysphonia is offered twice monthly thorough the ENT department at HCMC.

Dementia Clinic
The Dementia Clinic is held once a week at the GRECC (VAMC) and provides comprehensive longitudinal care to dementia patients. More than 300 current patients are part of the GRECC cohort with the majority representing Alzheimer's Disease, but also includes patients with frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, corticobasal degeneration and primary progressive aphasia among others.

Epilepsy Clinics
Active epilepsy clinics are held weekly at UMMC, HCMC and the VAMC. Surgical programs, vagal nerve stimulation programs, prolonged video monitoring and clinical research trials are coordinated through these clinics.

Movement Disorders Clinics
Multiple movement disorders clinics are held weekly at UMMC with a special emphasis on Parkinsonian syndromes and dystonia. The multidisciplinary Huntington's Disease Clinic, a nationally recognized center of excellence, meets once a month at HCMC. Research protocols are executed at UMMC and HCMC including a deep brain stimulation program at UMMC.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic
The MS Clinic was established in 2004 and currently follows nearly 1000 patients with all forms of MS and related CNS autoimmune diseases such as neuromyelitis optica (Devic's disease), idiopathic transverse myelitis, idiopathic optic neuritis, Susac's syndrome and CNS vasculitis. A neurology resident is currently assigned to the clinic each week on Wednesday morning and is charged with evaluating all new patients and selected established patients. Resident electives are also available. Many MS patients are enrolled in clinical research trials, and interested residents are encouraged to participate in MS research activities and to attend national and international MS conferences.

Neuromuscular/ALS Clinics
There is an MDA-sponsored neuromuscular program at UMMC, which conducts clinics several times a week. A separate neuromuscular clinic is held once a week at HCMC and at VAMC. An ALSA-certified ALS clinic is held once a week at HCMC, and a large ALS clinic is also held weekly at UMMC. Adults and children with a wide range of muscle, nerve, and motor neuron disorders are cared for in these clinics. Multidisciplinary care is emphasized. Many of these patients participate in clinical research trials designed to advance the care of patients with neuromuscular diseases.

Pain Clinic
A multidisciplinary clinic is held at the Riverside Campus with physicians, psychologists and physical therapists specializing in pain management.

Pediatric Neurology Clinics
Subspecialty clinics include Autism (Monday and Tuesday Mornings), ADHD (Friday Afternoon), Brain Tumor (Tuesday Afternoon once monthly), and Neuropsychology (daily). General Child Neurology meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and includes patients with neurologic complaints in the setting of complex pediatric illnesses (i.e., organ transplant, cystic fibrosis, diabetes), neurogenetic disorders, epilepsy, headache, and a large number of patients with lysosomal or peroxisomal disorders that are treated with enzyme infusions and/or stem cell transplantation.

Sleep Disorders Clinic
The University of Minnesota and the HCMC Sleep Center have a long history of major contributions in sleep disorders, the most notable being the introduction of REM Behavioral Disorder as a new nosologic entity. Sleep clinics are held daily at HCMC through the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center run by the neurology department. This program is one of the busiest sleep programs in the country, administering care to more than 2,300 outpatients yearly. Sleep clinics are also held at UMMC.

Stroke Clinic
A multidisciplinary stroke clinic is held twice a month at HCMC and weekly at UMMC providing long-term care to patients with cerebrovascular disease, including TIAs, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, vascular malformations and aneurysms. Active stroke research trials are coordinated through this clinic.

Neuro-ophthalmology Clinic
This is one of the most popular specialty clinics for our residents. Coordinated through the Department of Ophthalmology, neurology residents are well received and taught the fundamentals of the neuro-ophthalmologic exam by experts in the field. Novel techniques such as OCT are making this an exciting rotation.

Conferences and Didactics

The Department of Neurology schedules a wide range of educational conferences. In addition to these departmental conferences, a large number of neuroscience conferences take place within the University of Minnesota. These include conferences in the departments of Medicine, Neuroscience, Anatomy, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Pharmacology, Genetics, and others.

The major venue of resident teaching in the Neurology Program occurs at the bedside either in the hospital or in the clinic. We hold firmly to the tenet that skills in neurological diagnosis and clinical management are best acquired through direct experience with patients. Thus, we believe that one of our major assets is the program of ward and clinic rounds conducted by a devoted teaching staff with diverse clinical expertise. This direct patient-related activity is complemented by service-wide, individual-hospital, and rotation-related conferences. Certain conferences are designed specifically for residents and for whom time is protected as indicated below. There are also several rotation-specific conferences that residents attend regularly during the respective rotations and that add to their educational experience.

Service-Wide Conferences

Clinical Neuroscience Joint Conference (UMMC on Tuesday, 7:30–8:30 am)
Faculty and residents from the departments of Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuropathology and ENT meet weekly to review interesting imaging studies of patients on the clinical services. Patient management, innovations in imaging and diagnostic strategies are discussed. The senior neurology resident rotating through the University of Minnesota is expected to present interesting/challenging cases each week.

Grand Rounds (UMMC on Friday, 12:00–1:00 pm)
Various invited speakers, both internal and external, lecture on a variety of neurological topics. Visiting neurologists and neuroscientists regularly participate as guest speakers.

Scientific Basis of Neurology (UMMC on Friday, 2:00–4:00 pm)
This lecture series is offered by the faculty for the residents. Lectures are scheduled in subspecialty blocks. Both clinical and basic science topics are covered. RITE reviews take place during the weeks leading to the RITE examination. This is protected time for all residents and attended in person or by teleconference. Lectures are saved and uploaded on our intranet for future viewing.

Parry Rounds (UMMC on the third Friday of each block, 1:00–2:00 pm)
Named for one of the department's most respected teachers. It is a highly interactive case conference during which a case is presented stepwise and through which the attending, applying the Socratic method, stimulates residents in solidifying clinical skills, expanding their knowledge base and thinking as neurologists. This is protected time for all residents and attended in person or via teleconference. Lectures are saved and uploaded on our intranet for future viewing.

Case Conference (UMMC on the fourth Friday of each block, Friday, 1:00–2:00 pm)
Subspecialty services alternate in supplying interesting cases for presentation and discussion. Patients are interviewed and examined in front of faculty and residents, adding to the clinical reasoning skills of residents. Discussion involves faculty and residents.

Journal Club (UMMC, monthly on Friday, 1:00–2:00 pm)
Journal clubs are subspecialty-specific. Residents present one paper per month with a faculty acting as a moderator of the discussion.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference (UMMC, monthly on Friday, 1:00–2:00 pm)
During each block one resident presents an adverse event from one of the affiliated. The case is analyzed in great detail, and management strategies assessed. This conference serves as an excellent quality assurance tool, and is attended by faculty and residents.

Rotation Specific Conferences

EMG Waveform/Neuromuscular Conference at UMMC
8:00–10:00 am
1st Friday of the month: Neuromuscular journal club at the Campus Club
2nd Friday of the month: Didactic lecture and sample waveforms at the HCMC EMG laboratory
3rd Friday of month: Case discussions at the VAMC EMG laboratory
4th Friday of month: Case discussions at UMMC

EEG/Epilepsy Conference
Neurology conference room, 12th Floor PWB, UMMC 3:00 pm–4:15 pm every Thursday

Sleep Conference
12:00 pm–1:00 pm on Tuesdays at HCMC

Stroke Conference
Neurology Conference room, UMMC
12:00 pm–1:00pm every Monday

Gross Pathology Conference
K110 Diehl Hall
11:00 am–12:00 pm every Monday

Brain Cutting
FUMC Morgue C145 Mayo Building, UMMC
9:30 am–10:30 am every Tuesday

Medical Examiner's Office, HCMC
9:00 am–10:00 am the second and fourth Wednesday of the month

Microscopic Conference
C458 Mayo Building, UMMC
9:00–10:00 am every Friday

C456 Mayo Building, UMMC
1:00 pm–2:00 pm every Monday

Neuropathology Conference
Neurology Library, HCMC
11:00 am–12:00 pm every other Wednesday

Pediatric Neurology Conference
Neurology Conference Room, UMMC
7:30 am–8:30 am every Wednesday

Morning Report
PWB Neurology Library, UMMC
12:00 pm–1:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Neuroradiology Conference
Neurology Library, HCMC
11:00 am–12:00 pm every Friday

Resident Mentoring, Evaluation and Benefits

Mentorship Program
During their G-1 or G-2 year residents can select a faculty member of their choice to become their mentor during the remainder of their training. Their mentor is someone with whom they can discuss their career goals and, if desired, pursue common research interests. Oftentimes mentors are in the resident's subspecialty field-of-interest; however, since career interests can change with increased exposure to other subspecialty fields, this is not a binding relationship for the residents. While the program requires that residents meet at least three times a year with their mentors, it is often the case that residents develop a close relationship with their mentors, which leads to more frequent interactions.

Junior-Senior Partnership
New to the 2011-2012 academic year, G-1 and G-3 residents are paired to create a two-year partnership. This system promotes interactions between upperclassmen and G-1 residents and gives G-1 residents an opportunity to seek guidance from their peers on how to approach rotations, select electives, manage their time, prepare presentations, etc.

RITE Exam (UMMC, once a year in early Spring)
The AAN compiles the RITE (Residency In-service Training Exam), “a self-assessment tool designed to gauge knowledge of neurology and neuroscience, identify areas for potential growth, and provide references and discussions for each. The RITE is not designed to be a certifying or qualifying examination, and its use in that manner is vigorously discouraged by the AAN.” This exam has proven invaluable to residents and program director alike, in obtaining timely feedback on a resident's progress on knowledge base, allowing for a perfect passing rate at the ABPN over the past six years.

Conference Presentations
Residents are expected to give several conference presentations as part of their training. The goal of such activities is to encourage the acquisition of knowledge while preparing a topic for discussion, to increase confidence in presenting in front of an audience, and to improve teaching skills. The quality of each presentation is evaluated formally and informally by faculty and other residents providing feedback for improvement.

End-of-rotation Evaluations
Through the RMS system residents are provided with formal evaluations by faculty on all core competencies mandated by the ACGME on a rotation-by-rotation basis. Comments highlight a resident's unique strengths and weaknesses.

Semi-annual Evaluations with the Program Director
Every six months the Program Director meets with each resident on a one-to-one basis and provides feedback on the resident's progress during the previous six months. Strengths and weaknesses are discussed, and strategies for improvement and growth are identified.

OSCE (UMMC, one Friday afternoon in May)
Residents are examined by faculty one-on-one using videos, radiologic images, EEGs and case vignettes. This is meant to be both educational and evaluative, and it provides valuable feedback to the program and to the individual resident.

Visiting Professor Rounds/Graduation Exercises (UMMC, second Friday and Saturday in June)
On a Friday afternoon following a lecture by the visiting professor, neurology residents present interesting clinical cases for discussion. The following Saturday morning the annual resident graduation/education symposium is held. At this event each resident presents the results of his/her research project conducted during the previous year. This symposium is attended by faculty from all of the facilities. Saturday evening a general departmental dinner reception is held at a campus location to honor the graduating residents and fellows and to bestow a number of awards. Residents showcase their artistic talents during this event with readings, skits, slide shows, live music and the like.

Benefit Information

Benefit information can be found at
Department of Neurology specific benefits include:

  • $500 per year Resident's Education Allowance
  • Paid conference travel expenses for poster or platform presentations
  • All residents will have expenses covered to attend at least one national neurology conference

Annual Resident Awards:

  • Junior Membership in the American Academy of Neurology
  • Free Parking at all hospitals
  • Two lab coats with free laundry service

Residents and Fellows

Current Residents and Fellows

PGY4: Class of 2017
Anisha Bhangav
Abby Metzler
Asma Moussaoui
David Ortiz
Pratit Patel
Amber Stutz

PGY3: Class of 2018
AJ Christnovich
Parth Dhruv
Erica Horta
Jessica Jarnot
Jetter Robertson
Kyle Smith

PGY2: Class of 2019
Rami Assadi
Matthew Britton
Eddie Labin
Leighton Mohl
Roshni Patel
Matthew Ronck

PGY1: Class of 2020
Aubree Bruhnding
Tanner Ferderer
Michael Hayes
Allison Ho
Nate McGraw
John Riedinger

Current Fellows

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship
Haliza Hassan

Vascular Neurology Fellowship
Mohammed Alkuwaiti
Shailesh Male

Neuro-critical Care Fellowship
Shola Aluko

Neuromuscular Fellowship
Nathan Sit

Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellowship
Taka Higashimori
Daraspreet Kainth
DJ Sandhu (through 10/13/2016)
Huseyin Tori (through 7/2018)

Movement Disorders Fellowship
Roxanne Felt
Matthew Wodziak

Fellowship Placements of our Graduates since 2007

Headache Medicine: Cleveland Clinic
Neuromuscular Medicine: Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital
Neuromuscular: Barrow Neurological Institute
Clinical Neurophysiology: University of Minnesota
Vascular Neurology/Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology: University of Minnesota
Vascular Neurology: Case Western Reserve Medical Center
Vascular Neurology: University of Minnesota
Vascular Neurology: University of Pennsylvania
Vascular Neurology: University of Texas-Houston
Sleep Medicine: Stanford University
Sleep Medicine: University of Minnesota
Sleep Medicine Fellowship: Mayo Clinic
Neuro-critical Care: University of Minnesota
Neuro-critical Care: Stanford University
EMG/Neuromuscular: Washington University in St. Louis
EMG/Neuromuscular: University of Texas-Southwestern
EMG/Neuromuscular: Barrow Neurological Institute
Neuro-Oncology: Massachusetts General Hospital
Behavioral Neurology: University of California, San Francisco
Neuroimaging: DENT Neurological Institute
Neurocritical Care: Stanford Hospital
Behavioral Neurology: University of California San Francisco

Chief Resident's Welcome


chiefThank you for your interest in our residency program. I'm Anisha, the administrative chief resident for the 2016-2017 academic year. I grew up in Vancouver, Canada (eh!) and have made Minnesota my home for the last 3+ years. What brought me to the University of Minnesota Neurology Program? Several things.

CATEGORICAL PROGRAM. Our internship is categorical and included when you match into neurology. Interns are exposed to neurology early, which is particularly unique and one of my favorite things about the program. Specifically, inpatient neurology blocks are built into the intern academic year as is a weekly neurology continuity clinic. Interns attend neurology didactics weekly and also have an entire month dedicated to preparing for their first year as a neurology resident with our Neurology Bootcamp month. In addition, interns are paired up with a PGY-2 mentor to make the transition from a medical student to an intern as smooth as possible.


BALANCED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE. Our program offers various clinical settings for training. We work mainly in three different hospitals with very different patient populations – the University of Minnesota Medical Center on campus, Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We also enjoy significant outpatient time in many subspecialty clinics, including epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, and multiple sclerosis to name a few. For those who love to travel or want to experience neurology abroad, we offer opportunities to do away electives. In recent years, residents have gone to Uganda and New Zealand to gain a diverse clinical experience.

RESIDENT-LED, FACULTY-GUIDED. During my residency here, I have seen residents champion many projects and continually improve our program. Our ideas are heard by faculty, and we receive full support from the department to carry them out. In the last few years residents have completed leadership projects in administration, education, and resident support. Residents have also involved themselves in Graduate Medical Education (GME), Resident Leadership Council (RLC) and many quality improvement projects.

EDUCATION AND RESEARCH. Our residency provides a unique didactic experience with “Friday School”, designed to help you get ready for the Boards. In addition, there are multiple subspecialty conferences throughout the week that residents may attend. One of my favorites is the joint neuroscience conference held with our colleagues from neurosurgery and neuroradiology. For those interested in teaching, residents have the opportunity to give lectures at the medical school, and they even get involved in a neurology teaching track. Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) provides a unique experience for those interested in leadership development. Our department engages in a wide spectrum of research, and faculty are eager to get residents involved. Our Residency Research committee helps residents publish articles, design posters, and present at national conferences such as the American Academy of Neurology.

FELLOWSHIP. The University of Minnesota offers a variety of fellowships upon completion of the residency. These include clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular, movement disorders, sleep, vascular neurology, neuro-critical care and endovascular surgical neuroradiology. Recent graduates have also pursued fellowships at the Mayo Clinic, Stanford, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Washington University St. Louis, Emery and UCSF to name a few. Graduates have also gone on to practice in the community immediately following residency without pursuing a fellowship.

LIVING IN THE TWIN CITIES. The Twin Cities have a lot to offer! In the summer I like biking around the lakes or enjoying a drink on a rooftop patio. There are numerous hiking and biking trails throughout the cities to explore. In the winter I enjoy skiing or skating, but I have yet to try ice fishing! We have a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, theaters, and sports teams to keep you entertained. We also plan fun social activities throughout the year such as tubing and karaoke night.

I hope that you come visit the University of Minnesota. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you again for looking at our program.