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Neurology Residency Program
Mount Sinai Healthcare System
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

The Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel has a long established history as a training site for medical students, neurology residents, and movement disorder fellows. In 2006, our department established an independent residency program with a mission to provide our residents with a strong foundation in neurology and its sub-specialties as well as to teach skills to foster lifetime learning. In 2014, we joined the Mount Sinai Health System. With our combined resources, our residents have the opportunity to train throughout the system.

In 2013, we received approval to increase our program from three to four residents per year. Our Neurology program currently consists of 11 residents, four in the PGY2 and PGY3 years. Because of our small size, faculty have an intimate relationship with our residents. Residents are assigned mentors and are provided with fellowship and job counseling throughout all three years. In addition, all residents choose research mentors to help them develop and initiate independent clinical research projects with a goal of presentation at a scientific meeting and publication.

Our faculty has trained at outstanding Neurology residencies and fellowship programs and many are internationally and nationally renowned in their respective subspecialties. This has in turn produced a commitment to clinical research. We hope to impart this passion on our trainees by offering multiple opportunities to participate in original research and to attend local and national meetings. As one example, research is incorporated in the PGY3 year and 100% of the PGY3 residents presented at the AAN 2014 National Meeting, in addition to other presentations at local and national conferences. One resident received the Junior Member Recognition Award for Research and two received AAN Resident Scholarships.

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Program Overview

Residents spend most of their time at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and at Mount Sinai Phillips Ambulatory Care Center in the East Village. Residents have enjoyed electives at Mount Sinai for Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Neurology, Neurointensive Care, Multiple Sclerosis, and Pain as well as an elective at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital for Headache. Residents rotate at the Mount Sinai New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEEI) for a required rotation in Neuro-ophthalmology.
Some features of the program include:

  • Protected blocked educational time with faculty and NP coverage of Neurology Services
  • Research rotation with mentorship
  • Certification as a NIH stroke center: Recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) “Get With The Guidelines®” Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for its success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients
  • National recognition for its Multi-disciplinary clinics for ALS and Movement Disorders (Bachmann Strauss Dystonia Clinic, National Parkinson Foundation Clinic)
  • Funded AAN membership and RITE exam testing
  • Funded attendance to many local and national meetings

The Neurology residency program offers a well-rounded curriculum, emphasizing patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings, teaching and research opportunities, and self-learning activities.

Inpatient Experience
On the inpatient service, first-year residents are exposed to a large, demographically diverse patient population, and participate in the care of a broad range of neurological conditions such as epilepsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, movement and neuromuscular disorders. Residents participate in the care of all admissions on the neurology floor. In the PGY4 year, residents participate in chief months during which they assist the attending in running the inpatient service.

Complementing the neurology inpatient service is the neurology consult team. The consult service exposes residents to an even wider patient variety, with consultation requests coming from the emergency room, medical and surgical intensive care units, as well as other inpatient services. Residents in each training year are granted increased independence while on the service.

Outpatient Experience
The overall goal of the residents’ outpatient training is to learn the discipline required in running a successful neurological practice as well as to provide exposure to the subspecialties in preparation for fellowship training. Central to the residents’ outpatient experience is the continuity clinic, located in Mount Sinai Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC). Mount Sinai PACC houses state-of-the-art medical facilities as well as the majority of the Medical Center’s outpatient offices. Each resident spends one half day a week in continuity clinic. Every effort is made to provide continuity of care. Residents have additional elective time in several outpatient subspecialties in all three training years.

Teaching and Research Opportunities
The teaching environment is a top priority of our program. It is extremely important to us that our residents have ample teaching opportunities in a warm and collegial environment. Residents work with the rotating Mount Sinai medical students in the hospital and the clinic. Residents teach the house staff in internal medicine and psychiatry who rotate through the department as well as one another (particularly their junior peers). Educational time extends from work rounds into resident conferences. Conference time takes precedence over work responsibilities.

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Academic Schedule

PGY2 year
Neurology Inpatient Service 4 Months
Neurology Consult Service 2 Months
Psychiatry 1 Month
Critical Care Consultations 1 Month
Neuroradiology 1 Month
Neuromuscular 1 Month
EEG 1 Month
Vacation* 1 Month
 
PGY3 year
Neurology Consult Service 3 Months
Elective rotation 3 Months
Pediatric Neurology 2 Months
Research/Advanced Clinic Studies 1 Month
Movement Disorders 1 Month
EEG 1 Month
Vacation* 1 Month
 
PGY4 year
Elective rotation 4 Months
Chiefing Duties 3 Months
Neurology Consult Service 1 Month
Neuro-Ophthalmology 1 Month
Neuropathology 1 Month
Neurosurgery 1 Month
Pediatric Neurology 1 Month
Vacation* 1 Month
 
*Vacation is usually taken in two week blocks.
 
Electives taken by our residents in the last 2 years:
Endovascular Neurology
EMG sub-fellowship (3 months)
Epilepsy/EEG
Headache
Interventional Radiology
Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Neuromuscular Disease/EMG
Neurointensive Care
Neuro-oncology
Pain/Palliative
Sleep Neurology
Stroke
Surgical Epilepsy

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Resident Conferences

Residents have weekly and monthly conferences. Of note, dedicated protected time is instituted Fridays from 11 AM-3 PM while coverage is provided on the inpatient and consult services.

  1. Weekly conferences
    1. Board Review
    2. Case Conference
    3. Didactic Lecture Series
    4. Grand Rounds

  2. Bi-monthly conferences
    1. Chief rounds (with PGY2s)
    2. Epilepsy/EEG Conference
    3. Neuro-anatomy/Neurophysiology Review
    4. Chairman's Rounds
    5. Neuro-radiology Conference

  3. Monthly conferences
    1. Journal Club
    2. Movement Disorder Rounds/Video Review
    3. Neuromuscular Conference

  4. Periodic conferences
    1. Emergency Neurology Lecture Series
    2. Ethics Sessions
    3. Pain/Palliative

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Upcoming Fellowships

Current PGY4 Year
Carolina Garcia
Fellowship 2015
Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular
Emory University School of Medicine, GA
John Liang
Fellowship 2015
Vascular Neurology
Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY
Yamin Shwe
Fellowship 2015
Vascular Neurology
University of Texas, Houston

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Recent Graduates (Training and Current Positions)

Diego Tovar
Fellowship 2014
Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG
Mayo Clinic, MN
Roni Sharon
Fellowship 2014
Headache, Harvard
Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA
Rabih Kashouty
Fellowship 2014
Clinical Neurophysiology, EMG
Wayne State University Medical Center, MI
Aabha Shah
Fellowship 2013-
Vascular Neurology
National Institute of Health (NIH), MD
Sara Qureshi
Fellowship 2013-
Multiple Sclerosis
University of Texas Southwestern, TX
Nabil Altememi
Fellowship 2013-
Neurophysiology (EMG)
University of Maryland, MD
Shivang Joshi
Fellowship 2012-
Headache, Harvard
Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA

Private Practice
Patrick Landazuri
Fellowship 2012-
Neurophysiology (EEG)
Case Western University, OH

Assistant Professor, University of
Kansas Medical Center, KS
Malcolm Dunne
Fellowship 2012-
Neuro-critical Care
University of Virginia, VA
Andres Deik
Fellowship 2012-
Movement Disorders, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, NY

Assistant Professor, University of
of Pennsylvania, PA
Chafic Karam
Fellowship 2011-
Neuromuscular, Harvard
Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA

Fellowship 2012-
Peripheral Nerve, Mayo Clinic, MN
Assistant Professor, University of
North Carolina, NC
Bandhu Paudyal
Fellowship 2011-
Neurophysiology (EMG)/Wake
Forest, NC

Assistant Professor,
West Virginia University, WV

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Eligibility Criteria

The applicant is expected to have completed their medical school training by June 2015. If the applicant is a foreign graduate, he/she must have appropriate ECFMG certification. Although applicants need not have ECFMG certification at the time of application, this needs to be completed before the ranking process. J1 visas are accepted. Sponsorship of H1-B visas are done on a case-by-case basis.

Residents must satisfactorily complete the first year (PGY 1) of an ACGME approved training program in internal medicine, preferably at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, or equivalent training (with no less than eight months of internal medicine). Resident applicants must provide verification of successful completion of their PGY 1 year from the program director of that training program. Applicants must complete the Graduate Medical Education office credentialing process.

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Application Process

Applications and supporting materials are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Application requirements:

  • CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Dean's Letter
  • Transcript
  • USMLE score reports (three digit scores ≥ 200 preferred)*
  • Personal Statement
  • International Medical Graduates should have clinical experience in the United States (i.e. observerships, clinical rotations, etc) in the past five years and should not be more than five years from graduating medical school.

Residents interested in the preliminary year at Mount Sinai Beth Israel must apply for this separately through ERAS as Prelim/Neuro. The Prelim/Neuro positions are intended solely for applicants matching at the BI Neurology program. Although not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that applicants apply to the Prelim/Neuro program.

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Interview Process

Applicants are interviewed on various Mondays and Fridays from October through January. We plan for ten interview dates with a variable number of applicants. Interviewers complete evaluation forms for each candidate. Interview evaluation scores are taken into account by the Interview Committee for determination of the rank order list (ROL).

The majority of applicants who have applied to the Preliminary Year/Neurology program will be interviewed for this program on the same day as the Neurology interviews. Preference for combined interview dates will be given to applicants who are out of state. Applicants offered an interview for the Neurology program will be asked in advance if they have applied to the preliminary year.

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National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

The Neurology residency program participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Matched applicants are sent letters of intent which they are asked to sign and return to the program. House Officer contracts are offered in the Spring.

Please visit the American Medical Association FREIDA database for frequently asked questions about the program and the application process.

Please also direct any questions to the Neurology Residency and Fellowship Coordinator, Jean Peng. She can be reached at jpeng@chpnet.org, 212-844-6897.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a PGY1 year?

We are a three year (PGY2-PGY4) neurology residency program. However, we encourage all of our applicants to apply to the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Preliminary/Neurology program through ERAS. This program is exclusive to our applicants. When possible, preliminary interviews will occur on the same day as the neurology interview.

What is the program's board passage rate?

Our board pass rate is consistently 100%. As a whole, our residents have excelled on the RITE examination, performing in the top tiers of residents nationwide when compared to their given year of training.

How many calls will I have? What system is in place for calls if a resident is on maternity, out sick, or leaves the program?

The average resident has 2-5 calls a month. Preference is given to the PGY4 class who have no Saturday or Sunday responsibilities, except when serving as inpatient chief. We ensure that our residents are in compliance with NYS and ACGME duty hour requirements. Residents’ sick time or maternity leave, are covered by moonlighters, as needed.

Can I have a second look at the program after interviewing?

We encourage all interested parties to come back for a second look. Please contact our coordinator, Ms. Jean Peng, to arrange a date after your interview.

Do you offer interviews to International Medical Graduates (IMGs)?

Yes we do. IMG applicants are welcome to apply.

Do IMGs need US clinical experience?

IMGs are required to have recent US clinical experience. Work in a US research laboratory is not a substitute for a clinical rotation. Ideally, the applicant has had hands on experience during his/her US rotations and is not merely an observer.

Do you need to be ECFMG certified in order to interview?

Applicants do not need to have ECFMG certification at the time of application, but this needs to be completed before the ranking process.

Do you have cut off for graduation year from medical school training?

Applicants who are more than five years out from medical school graduation are typically not considered.

I failed step 1, am I still eligible for an interview?

We will review all components of your application before making a decision.

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