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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology
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Zambia Global Neurology Rotation

The Neurology resident Zambia elective at Northwestern University has been established by Igor Koralnik, MD, Professor of Neurology and Section head of Neuro-Infectious Diseases and Global Neurology.  Each year, up to two Neurology residents receive a stipend to travel to Lusaka, Zambia for a one-month elective. During this elective, they are fully integrated into the Zambian health system, see inpatient neurology consults, work in outpatient clinics, help in teaching Zambian Neurology residents and medical students, and participate in research under the direct supervision of Drs. Omar Siddiqi (Harvard) and Deanna Saylor (Johns Hopkins) at The University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

UTH is affiliated with the University of Zambia School of Medicine, the nation's first medical school. This 1,800-bed facility located in the nation's capital provides a diverse set of specialties to the citizens of Zambia, including Community Medicine, Internal Medicine (of which Neurology is a subspecialty), Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, and Pediatrics.

Zambia currently suffers from a significant deficit of neurologists, with a total of four neurologists in the country for a population of 17 million people.

There are currently five Zambian adult Neurology residents as part of the country's first training program. Residents will work closely with these trainees as part of the elective. In addition to caring for patients with a variety of diseases rarely seen in the US, Neurology residents have the opportunity to navigate a vastly different health system. During the month-long rotation, they learn to treat patients in an environment with more limited access to imaging and medications.

For more information about this unique elective, please contact Dr. Koralnik at

 Resident teaching rounds at UTH with Dr. Igor Koralnik

In-patient rounds at UTH with Dr. Saylor and Zambian Neurology Residents and Students

Resident Testimonials

Jennifer Adrissi

I worked at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia for four weeks in Fall 2019 as part of the McGaw Global Health Scholars Program. It was an amazing experience! I worked in both the inpatient (admissions and wards) and outpatient clinic setting.  I have had past global health experiences as a medical student but having this dedicated global neurology experience near the end of residency gave me the opportunity to use skills and knowledge learned throughout my training in a resource-limited setting. I am amazed at the amount and diversity of neurologic pathology seen in that month. I learned so much from the patients, the neurology leadership at UTH (Drs. Deanna Saylor and Omar Siddiqi), and the UTH neurology residents. I am so grateful for these now lifelong mentors and friends. I cannot wait to return during my fellowship training!  ​


- Jennifer Adrissi (Class of 2020)

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