Adult Neurology Residency

Our adult neurology residency program gives you the opportunity to train with more than 500 other residents and fellows from over 50 other residencies and fellowships offered at Saint Louis University. Our residents train at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, SSM Health Saint Louis Hospital and the VA Saint Louis Health Care System offering exposure to very different and diverse patient populations.

Adult Neurology Training

Our program is composed of 24 positions beginning as a medical internship in the PGY1 year and extending through PGY4. We train aspiring neurologists who will provide high-quality and state-of-the-art patient care and will creditably represent themselves among their colleagues. Our faculty members foster resident interest in clinical or basic research in the neurosciences.

The department also sponsors a child neurology training program, which accepts two applicants yearly.

Both programs are accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and comply fully with the requirements of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Fast facts about our ACGME-accredited neurology residency:

  • More than 20 dedicated faculty members in the Department of Neurology with a total of 24 neurology residency positions.
  • Daily resident conferences that cover topics and materials that prepare our trainees to be successful on the residency in training exam (RITE), board exam and as a practicing neurologist.
  • Accredited fellowships in clinical neurophysiology, vascular neurology, interventional neurology and sleep medicine.
  • One of the oldest neurology departments in the country with a long history of training residents and taking care of patients with brain and neurological disorders.

Educational Conferences

One-hour conferences are held four days a week for our residents. A rotating schedule of multispecialty conferences includes basic neurosciences, clinical electrophysiology, child neurology, stroke, epilepsy, neuropathology, neuromuscular disorders, neuro-ophthalmology, neurocritical care, neuro-rehabilitation, neuropsychology, multiple sclerosis, sleep medicine and journal club.

This lecture series is designed to cover the important subjects of clinical and basic neurosciences over an 18-month period. Thus, residents have lectures on individual subjects twice during their three-year residency. The success of our residents on the annual Residents In-service Training Examination is in part a testimony to the effectiveness of this program.

Research and Scholarly Activity

We offer many opportunities for clinical and basic research within the department and Saint Louis University, and most residents publish several articles and abstracts during their training.

Following graduation, about 75 percent of our residents pursue fellowship training, then enter academic or private practice.

Benefits

The salary for resident positions in 2017-2018 year ranges from $52,290 for PGY1 to $56,248 for PGY4. Health and malpractice coverage are included. The department also provides a junior membership in the American Academy of Neurology, a subscription to the academic journal Neurology and a $500 stipend for books, medical equipment, and travel to conferences and other academic events.

In the final year of the program, we support attendance at one or more national or regional meetings pertaining to neurology. We also provide reimbursement for those residents who are the primary sponsors of a presentation.

Application and Interview Process

SLU’s neurology residency program uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Our 50 or so interview spots between November and February fill quickly so early applications are encouraged.

Applicants with two USMLE scores below 90/220 must have extremely strong other credentials to be considered. While we will interview candidates whose CSA or USMLE results and ECFMG certificates are pending, we need to have this documentation before match day.

We typically have a mix of international and U.S. graduates. U.S. experience is a plus, not a must.

Because our six annual positions are listed with the NRMP, we do not offer positions outside of the Match. If we accept you as a resident, we will offer you a GY1 internship at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. We do offer J-1 visas to most applicants. Visit the ERAS website for more information on how to apply.

Interview Day

The interview season starts in November and ends in February. Candidates who are selected for interviews will be emailed with the dates and schedule. We try our best to accommodate candidates’ preferences for the interview date scheduling.

Candidates are invited to dine with some of our current residents the evening before interview day. The following morning, the chair of neurology and program director welcome candidates at 7 a.m. Candidates then attend our department grand rounds lecture, followed by a more detailed program overview by the program director and program coordinator.

Typically four faculty members will interview each candidate separately for approximately 30 minutes per candidate. Interviews are held in the morning and afternoon. Candidates will also receive a tour of the hospital and university facilities as well as have lunch with some of our current residents.  Interviews end by 3 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the department cover the candidates’ travel expenses including hotel and transportation to and from the airport?

We do not cover any expenses, but we will be happy to provide candidates with nearby hotels who may offer a discounted price.

Will I be able to interview with the chair of the department?

Our chair will interview as needed but not every candidate will interview with the chair.

Will I receive my interview schedule before my interview date?

No. All schedules are provided on the day of interviews. Candidates do receive all other information prior to the interview date (contact information, maps, when and where to arrive the night before and the day of interviews).

Curriculum

Saint Louis University’s neurology residency is a categorical program that prepares residents to be fully independent neurologists, ready for a career in academic medicine or private practice. It equips residents with the necessary clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of neurologic diseases.

A rich and varied clinical experience is provided by exposure to three busy primary inpatient services; neurocritical care service, stroke service and general neurology service as well as inpatient consult service, electrophysiology and multispecialty outpatient clinics at three teaching hospitals. 

The program provides exposure to numerous subspecialty rotations and encourages residents to enroll in the clinical and basic research activities of the department.

The First Year (PGY-1)

First-year neurology residents at SLU spend several rotations in the department of medicine at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and VA Saint Louis Health Care System - John Cochran Division. They are also exposed to emergency medicine at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Neuroradiology rotation is included during the first year of the program. One of the highlights of the first year is a dedicated month of clinical neurology didactic lectures during which common neurologic diseases are discussed.

View a sample first-year rotation

The Second Year (PGY-2)

Our second-year neurology residents rotate through inpatient general neurology, stroke neurology, neurocritical care and pediatric neurology for seven months. They also take two months of inpatient consult services at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System - John Cochran Division. The outpatient rotations consist of three months in the multi-specialty clinical neurology services during the second year at Saint Louis University.

View a sample second-year rotation

The Third Year (PGY-3) and Fourth Year (PGY- 4)

Our third and fourth-year residents rotate in clinical neurology services for five to six of the 12 months. They typically spend one to two months each in stroke, neurocritical care, general neurology, and the VA inpatient service. As the senior residents on the team, they assume more responsibilities in terms of teaching and supervision as well as decision-making.

The rest of the year is spent in the neurophysiology laboratory gaining first-hand experience in performing EMG-NCS and reading EEGs, as well as having some time for electives. The program offers many elective options, including neuro-ophthalmology, sleep medicine, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy, interventional neurology, neuropathology, research, headache, behavioral neurology and neuro-rehabilitation.

During the third year of residency, two months are dedicated to night float coverage.

One psychology and three pediatric neurology months are spread out during the two years as well.

Residents have a protected time for daily didactic sessions with faculty and weekly grand rounds, as well as weekly morning reports, weekly practical EEG, EMG, neuroradiology, and neuropathology sessions, monthly RITE exam review sessions, and bi-monthly journal club presentations.

View sample third- and fourth-year rotations

Research, Conferences and Workshops

Residents are encouraged to enroll in departmental research activities that interest them. Research projects are shared with an attending physician who acts as the resident’s research mentor. At the end of the year, residents have the opportunity to share their research with members of the department and the University during the Department of Neurology research day and the GME Resident Poster Day.

Attendance at national conferences is encouraged. Additional monetary support (in addition to the yearly resident fund) is provided to residents whose abstracts are accepted at national meetings.

Residents are also encouraged to attend educational conferences in different subspecialties.