Neurology Residency: NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Track
Through the NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn track of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s neurology residency, we strive to provide a nurturing and collegial place for residents to develop into well-rounded neurologists. Via bedside teaching and numerous educational programs, residents learn the science and art of neurology with a focus on culturally competent, evidence-based, and compassionate care.
Some highlights of our program include an exceptional resident and faculty mentoring program, global health opportunities, and use of cutting-edge resources at the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM) for more expansive hands-on experience. The rich culture of Brooklyn and the multiethnic neighborhoods allow our residents to experience a great diversity in neurological pathology while treating complex and fascinating patient cases.
Research is an integral part of our program. We provide our residents with the tools to engage in meaningful research through our Patient-Oriented Research Curriculum and pair them with engaged supervising faculty to assist in producing scholarly work.
Being part of the NYU Langone family gives our residents access to immense opportunities including a large pool of neurological subspecialties and fellowships. We encourage you to learn more about our program and who we are. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have.
Nada G. Abou-Fayssal, MD
Associate Director, Neurology Residency Program
NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn
Brooklyn Track Residency Program Overview
The Brooklyn track of the neurology residency in NYU Langone’s Department of Neurology is a three-year, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–accredited program that focuses on the clinical practice of neurology with a focus on acute neurology and community health in the ambulatory care setting.
Residents receive a firm foundation in clinical and diagnostic neurology with an emphasis on neurophysiology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and clinical neurology through didactic and bedside teaching from experienced mentors. Most rotations take place at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, although Brooklyn-track residents also spend time at the other NYU Langone locations for a selected number of rotations, including in Manhattan. A free ferry service connects Brooklyn with NYU Langone main campus on the East Side of Manhattan, making it easy for residents to visit sites on both sides of the East River.
Brooklyn-track residents can expect a training timetable as follows:
You must complete one year of preliminary medicine training accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, to ensure that you have a solid background in internal medicine. A preliminary year medicine internship in the NYU Langone system is available for all applicants who match to the neurology residency program. This program is known as the Joint A/P Program in Neurology and can be selected at the time that you submit your rank list to the National Residency Matching Program® (NRMP®; The Match®).
Neurology residents spend the majority of their first year (postgraduate year 2, or PGY-2) or neurology year gaining experience in the direct care and management of hospitalized patients with various neurological diseases under the supervision of senior residents and attending faculty. You also rotate through the clinical services at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. We provide outpatient experience during weekly continuity clinics and one month of outpatient subspecialty clinic rotations.
In the program’s second year (PGY-3) you focus on subspecialty training. Residents spend blocks of time gaining experience in various subspecialties, including multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, interventional neuroradiology, stroke, and pediatric neurology. You gain practical experience in neurophysiology and learn the fundamentals of interpreting the results of electroencephalographic and electromyographic and nerve conduction studies.
In your final year as a neurology resident (PGY-4), you take on a major supervisory role in the inpatient ward service and consult service. PGY-4 residents use the subspecialty skills learned during the second year and hone their management and teaching skills as they work with the junior residents and medical students. Electives in many subspecialty areas are available, as are research opportunities.
Inpatient Rotations for Brooklyn-Track Residents
Brooklyn-track residents receive their inpatient experience primarily at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, a 450-bed teaching hospital with one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks in the country. This gives you exposure to a wide spectrum of neurological diseases, with programs, including The Joint Commission–designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, which offers a full range of stroke care, including acute stroke and neurointerventional treatment, poststroke rehabilitation, and secondary stroke prevention in the ambulatory care setting. You also gain experience in the use of telemedicine to provide acute stroke care.
Rotations include the stroke service, epilepsy service, neurocritical care service, and neurology inpatient and consultation services. The neurology ward hosts a stroke unit, an epilepsy monitoring unit, and a general neurology ward. Neurology residents, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) staff the neurology inpatient service.
Outpatient Rotations for Brooklyn-Track Residents
Brooklyn-track residents have one half-day continuity clinic per week for the three years they are in the program. The clinics are held at the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, a network of ambulatory clinics that offers outpatient exposure to adult general neurology as well as subspecialty clinics in spasticity, multiple sclerosis, dementia, epilepsy, stroke, and neuromuscular diseases.
Each resident sees patients in his or her own examining room. One neurology attending supervises each clinic, with a ratio of one attending to three residents. Each clinic has a mixture of junior and senior residents, plus nursing and clerical staff.
Residents also have the opportunity to rotate through NYU Langone’s faculty practice subspecialty clinics in Brooklyn and Manhattan. This gives you broad exposure to the practice of neurological subspecialties. You also complete an ambulatory urgent care rotation, in which you see new consults.
Night Float Rotations for Brooklyn-Track Residents
Brooklyn-track neurology residents also work on a night float system. One PGY-2 or PGY-3 resident and one NP or PA cover the neurology ward, stroke unit, and consultation service, including neurology intensive care consults. The night float resident in on overnight in-house call from Saturday night through Thursday night, with Friday being a traditional 24-hour call. Night float rotations begin at 7:00PM and end at 7:00AM the next morning.
In total, PGY-2 residents have approximately eight weeks of night float per year, and PGY-3 residents have approximately six weeks of night float per year.
Call rooms at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn are equipped with computers for placing orders and viewing films. At each hospital, there is access to high-speed internet, TV, a bed, a desk, and a mini refrigerator.