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Adult Neurology Residency

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The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Neurology offers a three-year advanced adult neurology residency that trains 18 residents per year; six residents each at the PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 levels. All applicants accepted into our neurology program are also guaranteed internal medicine internships at Virginia Commonweatlh University. 

The Adult Neurology Residency Program, led by Scott Vota, D.O., residency director, and Soundarya Gowda, M.B.B.S., associate residency director, emphasizes excellence in clinical neurology.

 

About the Program

The program provides outstanding clinical training, and opportunities for residents to explore academic pursuits, research, teaching and administration.  Our graduates pursue careers in general neurology, subspecialties, private and academic practice. 

The educational curriculum is based in an active, engaging learning environment. Bedside teaching rounds, interactive morning report, and case-based conferences are a few of the many educational sessions in which residents participate daily. The residency program embraces technology and utilizes telemedicine and the VCUHS simulation center to help teach and master clinical skills and abilities.

Progressive clinical and teaching responsibilities increase from junior to senior resident level as residents prepare for independent practice. VCU Medical Center is a tertiary referral center and level I trauma center, which provides residents the opportunity to care for a wide array of patients with primary neurological disease as well as neurological complications of medical and surgical conditions.     

The program is balanced with required rotations, didactic conferences, and electives for career development. A GME supported and departmental specific transition to practice program is conducted annually to provide residents workships including billing and coding, CV writing, financial planning, and demystifying the fellowship and job serach process. Scholarly activity and Quality Improvement initiatives are promoted and encouraged for the residents. Annually, residents have presented locally and nationally at meetings displaying their achievements.  

This residency fulfils eligibility requirements for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology examination. To learn more about the program, listen to our residents talk about their experiences with progressive patient care, research, and comaraderie in the neurology program.

The VCU Department of Neurology operates on a 13-block, four week rotation schedule.

PGY-2

 
Inpatient service – rotations at VCU Medical Center or Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center 6 blocks
Night float junior 1.5 blocks
EEG / Epilepsy 1.5 blocks
Outpatient Clinics 2 blocks
Consult Service 1 block
Neurocritical Care 1 block

 

PGY-3

 
Senior Education Resident 1 block
Night Float Senior 1.5 blocks
Consult Service – rotations at VCU Medical Center or Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center 4 blocks
Outpatient Clinics - rotations at the VCU Medical Center or Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2 blocks
Pediatric Neurology 2 blocks
Neuro-Ophthalmology 1 block
Movement Disorders

.5 blocks

Scholarly Activity

1 block

Elective

1 block

 

PGY-4

 
Senior Education Resident 1 block
Night Float Senior 0.5 blocks
Consult Service – rotations at VCU Medical Center or Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2 blocks
Pediatric Neurology 1 block
Outpatient Clinics - rotations at the VCU Medical Center or Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center 1 block
Psychiatry 1 block
Neuropathology 1 block
EMG / Neuromuscular 1 block
Elective 4.5 blocks

 

How to Apply

We will be accepting applications in the Fall of 2016 via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for six PGY-2 positions to starting training in Neurology for July 2018.  Only applications entered through ERAS will be considered. Preliminary PGY-1 positions with VCU Internal Medicine are guaranteed if matched with our program. Applicants must apply to the VCU Internal Medicine Pre-liminary program and our Advanced Neurology program separately.

Prerequisites

Internal Medicine experience (a PGY-1) is a prerequisite to PGY-2 training in neurology. The Virginia Commonwealth University Neurology Program is a linked advanced categorical program, which offers 6 guaranteed preliminary slots through the Virginia Commonwealth University Internal Medicine Program. You do not need to interview separately for the Virginia Commonwealth University Medicine Preliminary program; interviews with the Neurology program serve as your preliminary year interview.  

Requirements are determined by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).  Virginia Commonwealth University Internal Medicine preliminary year slot applications are filled by applying via ERAS. 

To rank preliminary medicine programs in the NRMP system, you would first rank the Virginia Commonwealth University Neurology Advanced Program (1743180A0), then on the supplemental list rank the Virginia Commonwealth University Medicine Preliminary Program (1743140P1).  

Application Requirements

-All applicants must have passed Step 1 and Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) or the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME / COMLEX).  The Department of Neurology does not have a minimum score requirement for the USMLE, but the average Step 2 score of the 2016-2017 resident class is 228.

-All applicants must have a minimum of 3 months documented U.S or Canadian direct clinical patient care within the last four years.  Observerships, non-clinical graduate work, and research are not accepted as a substitute.

-All applicants must have 3 letters of recommendation.  Each letter must be dated within the last year, from U.S. or Canadian physicians with direct knowledge of the applicants' clinical skills.

-All applicants must be within four years of graduation from medical school.

Virginia Commonwealth University only offers J-1 Visas.

Additional application materials include: official medical school transcripts, Dean's Letter, a curriculum vitae with e-mail address and phone number, personal statement, test scores, and ECFMG certificate if applicable.

The Department of Neurology does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

2016-2017 Interview Dates

Friday, October 21, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, January 13, 2017

The night prior to your interview, you will be invited to have dinner with some of our residents at a local restaurant.  This will allow you to talk with our residents in an informal setting.  We strongly encourage you to attend the dinner because it is an ideal opportunity to learn about our program and meet your future team.

Tentatively, the interview day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at approximately at 12:00 p.m.