The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Hospital Residency Program in Neurology

The Neurology Residency program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital educates future leaders in neurology, preparing them for compassionate and scientifically excellent patient care. Our distinguished program gives residents the opportunity to pursue either a clinically based career, as they develop into master clinicians, or a career in academic research, as clinician-scientists.

Our program is categorical. We collaborate with the National Institutes of Health, specifically the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, to foster research and scholarship in the residency program.

We also offer thorough clinical training at some of the nation’s finest teaching hospitals, located in the Washington, D.C. region. Training at our hospitals gives residents an opportunity to experience a variety of neurological presentations across a diverse socio-economic background.

This unique combination of core rotations in clinical training plus exposure to basic science and clinical research gives our residents unparalleled opportunities to learn neurology across the full spectrum of neurologic subspecialties.

Our residents receive:

  • Inpatient subspecialty training with the stroke service
  • Neurocritical care rotations
  • Subspecialty clinic rotations in movement disorders, headache, neuro-muscular, multiple sclerosis, neuro-ophthalmology, and epilepsy
  • Opportunities to set up rotations in cognitive disorders, neuro-rehabilitation, neuro-oncology, and sleep and intraoperative monitoring

To Learn More About the Opportunities Our Program Offers Trainees, Read Messages From Our Chair and our Program Director.

Why train here

MedStar Georgetown’s NIH Neurology Residency is a fully accredited categorical four-year program that provides training across the depth and breadth of neurology.

By beginning your career with us, you’ll be welcomed into a training program renowned for its reach and scope:

  •  MedStar Health is the 10th largest nonprofit hospital system in the U.S. 
  • We have the ninth largest graduate medical education department in the countr
  • Residents rotate through the National Institutes of Health, the largest research institute in the world
  • Residents are exposed to the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, the world’s largest  organization dedicated to basic science and clinical research in neurology
  • Trainees benefit from a full-time faculty of more than 70 individuals across our affiliated institutions, providing training opportunities in all neurologic subspecialties.

In addition to inpatient exposure at the two main hospital training sites, the program includes multiple outpatient rotations in various subspecialty clinics. Residents complete pediatric neurology rotations at Children’s National Medical Center.

The program gives residents ample elective time to foster their individual growth and further explore their interests in neurology. 

Clinical and academic excellence

Residents develop clinical skills in neurology by providing comprehensive care to adult and pediatric neurology patients. 

Special emphasis is placed on certain neurological disorders being researched by Georgetown Neurology faculty, such as :

All full-time attendings are excellent general neurologists, experienced in the diagnosis and management of neurologic disorders. Each also has one or two areas of special interest.

Curriculum

The Clinician Scholar Track is the more traditional residency track that trains residents to become practicing neurologists. Clinician scholars benefit from the opportunity to do research at the NIH during elective time. Residents may also get involved in research, either in the Department of Neurology or in one of the affiliated labs at Georgetown University Medical Center.

The Clinician Scientist Track gives one resident per class dedicated research time at the NIH with a faculty mentor. The program also provides an opportunity for residents to experience international health via the Global Health track, which includes didactics and a rotation abroad.

Residents cover three services:

The Neurology Ward inpatient service manages patients with various non-stroke neurological disorders, such as myasthenia gravis, parkinsonism, meningitis, ALS, CIDP, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre, dementia, and spongiform encephalopathy, among others. Faculty members with their own subspecialty training supervise the service.

The Neurology Stroke inpatient service manages patients with both acute and subacute ischemic strokes and intracerebral hemorrhages. Stroke-certified attendings oversee the service, which is also enrolled in several clinical trials.

The Neurology Consult service provides consultation for other medical and surgical services. The consult service exposes residents to a wide range of patients with both primary and secondary neurological diseases related to other medical problems. Consult residents work with the attending, whose interests and special expertise coincides with the patient’s diagnosis. Together they visit the patient daily and provide continuous diagnostic and therapeutic support. The close interaction between attendings and residents is one of the unique strengths of the program.

Rotations

Clinician scholar track rotation schedule

  • PGY-1 Year

    • The Internal Medicine Internship year will be done at Georgetown University Hospital before starting neurology-specific training

    • 12 weeks of this intern year is spent in the Department of Neurology
    • 16 weeks of neurology wards, stroke, consults, and clinic
    • Two weeks of neuropathology and neuroradiology
  • PGY-2 Year

    • Georgetown Elective: four weeks
    • Georgetown Neurology Ward Service: eight weeks
    • Georgetown Epilepsy: four weeks
    • Georgetown Neurology Night Float: four weeks (divided into two-week blocks)
    • Georgetown Outpatient Clinic: four weeks
    • MedStar Washington Neurology Consult Service: 12 week
    • MedStar Washington Neurocritical Care: four weeks
    • MedStar Washington Night Float: four weeks
    • Residents participate in a weekly half-day continuity clinic at MedStar Washington, providing the opportunity to manage patients longitudinally over several years
  • PGY-3 Year

    • Georgetown Neurology Consult Service: eight weeks
    • Georgetown Elective: eight weeks
    • Georgetown Epilepsy: four weeks
    • Georgetown Outpatient Clinic: four weeks
    • Georgetown Neurology Night Float: two weeks
    • Pediatric Neurology (Children’s National Medical Center): four weeks
    • MedStar Washington Elective: four weeks
    • MedStar Washington Chief: four weeks
    • MedStar Washington Stroke: eight weeks
    • MedStar Washington Night Float: four weeks
    • Residents participate in a weekly half-day continuity clinic at MedStar Washington, providing them the opportunity to manage patients longitudinally over several years
  • PGY-4 Year

    • Georgetown Neurology Chief Resident: eight weeks
    • Georgetown Psychiatry: four weeks
    • Georgetown Outpatient Chief Clinic: eight weeks
    • Georgetown Elective (clinic, research, consults): eight weeks
    • Pediatric Inpatient Neurology (Children’s National Medical Center): four weeks
    • Pediatric Outpatient Neurology (Children’s National Medical Center): four weeks
    • MedStar Washington Elective: four weeks
    • MedStar Washington Chief: four weeks
    • NIH (National Institute of Health) Clinical Research: four weeks
    • Residents participate in a weekly half-day continuity clinic at MedStar Washington, providing them the opportunity to manage patients longitudinally over several years

Clinician scientist track rotation schedule

  • PGY-1 Year

    • The Internal Medicine Internship year will be done at Georgetown University Hospital before starting neurology specific training

    • 12 weeks of this intern year is spent in the Department of Neurology

    • 16 weeks of neurology wards, stroke, consults, and clinic

    • Two weeks of neuropathology and neuroradiology

    • The Internal Medicine Internship year will be done at Georgetown University Hospital before starting neurology specific training

    • 12 weeks of this intern year is spent in the Department of Neurology

    • 16 weeks of neurology wards, stroke, consults, and clinic

    • Two weeks of neuropathology and neuroradiology

  • PGY-2 Year

    • NIH Research: four weeks

    • MedStarGeorgetown Neurology Ward Service: eight weeks

    • MedStarGeorgetown Epilepsy: four weeks

    • MedStarGeorgetown Neurology Night Float: four weeks (divided into two-week blocks)

    • MedStarGeorgetown Outpatient Clinic: four weeks

    • MedStarWashington Neurology Consult Service: 12 weeks

    • MedStarWashington Neurocritical Care: four weeks

    • Washington Hospital Center Night Float: four weeks

    • Residents participate in a weekly half-day continuity clinic at Washington Hospital Center, providing them the opportunity to manage patients longitudinally over several years

    • NIH Research: four weeks

    • MedStarGeorgetown Neurology Ward Service: eight weeks

    • MedStarGeorgetown Epilepsy: four weeks

    • MedStarGeorgetown Neurology Night Float: four weeks (divided into two-week blocks)

    • MedStarGeorgetown Outpatient Clinic: four weeks

    • MedStarWashington Neurology Consult Service: 12 weeks

    • MedStarWashington Neurocritical Care: four weeks

    • Washington Hospital Center Night Float: four weeks

    • Residents participate in a weekly half-day continuity clinic at Washington Hospital Center, providing them the opportunity to manage patients longitudinally over several years

  • PGY-3 Year

    • Georgetown Neurology Consult Service: eight weeks

    • NIH Research: eight weeks

    • MedStar Georgetown Epilepsy: four weeks

    • MedStar Georgetown Outpatient Clinic: four weeks

    • MedStar Georgetown Neurology Night Float: two weeks

    • Pediatric Neurology (Children’s National Medical Center): four weeks

    • NIH Research: four weeks

    • MedStar Washington Chief: four weeks

    • MedStar Washington Stroke: eight weeks

    • MedStar Washington Night Float: four weeks

    • Residents participate in a weekly half-day continuity clinic at MedStar Washington, providing them the opportunity to manage patients longitudinally over several years

  • PGY-4 Year

    • MedStarGeorgetown Neurology Chief Resident: eight weeks

    • MedStarGeorgetown Psychiatry: four weeks

    • MedStarGeorgetown Outpatient Chief Clinic: eight weeks

    • NIH Research: eight weeks

    • Pediatric Inpatient Neurology (Children’s National Medical Center): four weeks

    • Pediatric Outpatient Neurology (Children’s National Medical Center): four weeks

    • NIH Research: four weeks

    • MedStar Washington Chief: four weeks

    • NIH (National Institute of Health) Clinical Research: four weeks

    • Residents participate in a weekly half-day continuity clinic at MedStar Washington, providing them the opportunity to manage patients longitudinally over several years

Schedule

A week at MedStar Georgetown (PGY2 and PGY3)
Schedule

A week at MedStar Washington (PGY2 and PGY3)

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Training locations

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

MedStar Georgetown is a tertiary referral hospital. The neurology services house the majority of their patients in units staffed by nurses trained in neurological disease.

3800 Reservoir Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20007

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Due to the high prevalence of HIV in Washington D.C., this rotation includes a large volume of neuro-infectious disease experience. Residents also participate in leading-edge stroke trials.

110 Irving St., NW
Washington, DC 20010

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke

Residents spend elective time at NINDS and can perform research at any point throughout their residency.

6001 Executive Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20852

Children’s National Medical Center

Residents receive their required three months of pediatric neurology training in CNMC’s highly regarded Neurology Department, recently ranked fourth in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

111 Michigan Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20010

Application information

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Contact us

  • Shapiro Ashley
    Ashley Shapiro

    Administrator, Neurology Education
    Ashley.A.Shapiro@
    gunet.georgetown.edu