Welcome to the Northwestern Neurology Residency Program! It is an amazing time to be in neurology, and we’d like to share some of the things that make us excited to work here.
Northwestern provides training to excel in clinical neurology. The downtown location of our 894-bed hospital, in the third largest metropolitan center in the country, provides a busy and diverse clinical exposure. All subspecialties are represented by our faculty, and with 10 fellowship programs, there are clinicians and researchers to help you pursue your specific interests. The program has a supportive culture and the department’s leadership, including our chairman Dr. Krainc and program director Dr. Malkani, meet regularly with the residents to tailor the program based on resident feedback. Moreover, the interdisciplinary nature of our program, in which we work directly with emergency medicine, psychiatry, neurosurgery, and physical medicine & rehabilitation on various rotations, has created a cordial work atmosphere amongst the housestaff and enhances our education. Ultimately, it is the relationships we make within the team – with passionate attendings, curious residents, and dedicated nurses and staff – that make our jobs fulfilling.
The expansion of our program from a class size of 6 to 8 residents over the last 3 years, and the addition of several inpatient NPs/PAs this year have made the program flexible and has allowed additional elective and research time. Our residents have 9-10 months of elective time between the PGY3 and PGY4 years to supplement their training with clinical rotations (both in and out of the department), research projects (including the active R25 NIH research grant program), or additional months in the Neurological Testing Center to perform and interpret EMGs or complete a certificate program for EEG interpretation.
Scholarly work is expected and the program is built to facilitate research – we had 9 residents attend the AAN conference in Vancouver this year to present their work and learn about the forefront of neurology, with financial support from the department. Residents also attend and present at various subspecialty conferences as their career paths become clear. Didactic time is protected, with morning report Monday – Wednesday, a 6-month anatomy course in the Fall and Winter, a basic science curriculum, Grand Rounds, and daily subspecialty noon lectures with lunch provided. Another unique didactic element is the Clinical Neurophysiology Course – PGY3 residents are given a month early in their year, free of any clinical responsibilities, to learn how to read EEGs, EMGs, and sleep studies.
Chicago is a great city and there are social and cultural activities for everyone—music, parks, professional sports, diverse restaurants, museums, adult athletic leagues and races, nightlife, and festivals. For its size and resources, Chicago is also relatively affordable. Most of us live within walking distance to the hospital, in Streeterville, River North, or The Loop, but every class has residents who live in other surrounding neighborhoods. Winters are cold, but that is what puffy jackets are for, and summer living is good. Typically, just under half of our residents are married, several of whom started families while in the program the last several years. About a quarter of residents are from the Chicago area and the rest are transplants from all over the country. We have a great time at work and while we unwind together after hours. We are glad we chose to train in neurology at Northwestern and we hope you come visit us soon!
Hometown: Hopewell, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career Plans: Epilepsy fellowship
Hometown: San Dimas, California
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Career Plans: Sleep Medicine fellowship