Residency Program

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Neurology Residency Program continues to attract outstanding physicians from the United States and around the world for state-of-the-art training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system.

A five-year NIH NINDS R25 Research Education Grant is currently funding the "Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuropathology Pittsburgh Research Education Program" (N3-PREP), which aims to train the next generation of physician-neuroscientists in basic science, translational science, and clinical research through a closely mentored approach. The program is led by multi-principal investigators in neurology (Page B. Pennell), Neurological Surgery (Constantinos G. Hadjipanayis), and Neuropathology (Julia K. Kofler). Learn more about N3-PREP's goals and core curriculum in this recently featured news release or watch a video from the multi-principal investigators as well as other members of the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery describe the R25 Research Education Grant and how it will help advance academic research careers in the field of neuroscience.

Thirty-six adult neurology residents train in the four-year program, which begins with one year of internal medicine residency and then proceeds for three years of full-time training in neurology. Resident trainees receive detailed instruction and practical daily experience in the technique of the neurological examination, localization of abnormalities in the nervous system, differential diagnosis, and neurological investigation and therapeutics. For a solid underpinning of basic neuroscience for their clinical training, our residents are taught neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroradiology, neuropathology, neuropharmacology as well as retrieval and analysis of current medical information. There has been an increased emphasis on the fundamentals and application of evidence-based neurology with a special emphasis on the use of online data for decision-making assistance. Under the direction of an outstanding faculty of attending neurologists, residents assume progressive oversight of patient care during the course of their training.

During the last two years of training, ample elective time allows each resident to develop skills and expertise tailored to his or her particular interests, while the core curriculum assures a high degree of competency in general neurology. The residents are given multiple opportunities to teach via formal lectures, small group conferences, and grand rounds presentations, activities which begin to prepare them for careers in academic neurology. The vast majority of the graduating residents pursue fellowship training and careers in academic neurology.

Research Track

The Research Track provides an extended and individualized research exposure for residents during PGY 1-4 clinical training years. 

Global Health and Underserved Populations Track

The Global Health and Underserved Populations Track was established to address the need for working neurologists in underserved communities.

Resident Life

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Essentials of Training

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurology emphasizes excellent clinical training - clinical teachers stress that neurology starts first and foremost with the patient. 


The residency program has a house system where each resident is able to create social connections with their peers as well as having 2-3 attendings serve as mentors.

Current Residents

The current PGY 1-4 UPMC Department of Neurology resident class.

Former Residents

Past resident classes.

Application Process

How to apply for the UPMC Department of Neurology residency program.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Department

The DEI committee discusses topics related to research in diversity, equity and inclusion; it was created as a response to current events the changing climate of neurology practice.