Adult Residency

The adult neurology residency program at Vanderbilt has undergone significant expansion. Beginning in 2003, the number of residents specializing in adult neurology has slowly expanded from three to six per year.

The adult neurology program is GME approved and are carefully designed to build the basic strengths necessary for a trainee to become an outstanding clinical neurologist, and, for those interested in research, to develop as a first-rate physician-scientist. Unique aspects of Vanderbilt’s program that enrich the training experience include an 18-month cycle of system-based block didactic curriculum, regular informal faculty-resident conferences, a large teaching faculty, substantial elective time in the second and third years for academic/clinical development, a weekly chairman’s rounds with Dr. Macdonald and a physically adjacent five-hospital system in which to train.

The four-year adult neurology residency program includes one year focused on internal medicine followed by three in clinical neurology leading to certification in adult neurology. The five-year child neurology curriculum includes two years of general pediatrics followed by three years of child neurology.  This program leads to certification in child neurology.  The aim of the training program is to produce top-notch clinical neurologists wholly prepared to pursue a career as either a physician scientist or a practicing clinician, and to establish a foundation for lifelong learning in neurology and the neurosciences. To accomplish this mission, a flexible didactic program tailored to each trainee’s needs is integrated with extensive practical training in a conveniently clustered five-hospital system. Individual mentoring is a critical component of the program, and a full-time Education Specialist is available to support the department’s educational goals.

The large teaching faculty is a diverse and collaborative group, providing trainees with opportunity to interact with both experienced and junior faculty members, as well as with senior residents. Formal teaching takes place through daily resident education conferences, weekly Chairman’s conferences, and various sub-specialty conferences; weekly Grand Rounds; multiple Journal Clubs. Periodic research dinners add to the atmosphere of collegiality within the department.

The facilities supporting the residency program are centrally located within the uniquely compact Medical Center campus and are only a few minutes walk from one another. Neurology research laboratories occupy an entire floor of the interdepartmental Medical Research Building III, and are distributed throughout the other research buildings. The clinical training experience is enhanced by extensive exposure to inpatient and outpatient care at a variety of facilities, including the Vanderbilt University Hospital, the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the Stallworth Rehabilitation Center, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Vanderbilt Clinic.

Allowing substantial time for elective study is a key element in the residency program. The fact that all schools at Vanderbilt University are located in one contiguous campus system makes the selection of electives particularly rich. For those wishing to pursue advanced specialty training after completing their residency, numerous fellowship opportunities within the department are available.

The future leaders in neurology research, education, and practice must be prepared to meet the challenges presented by the rapidly expanding body of knowledge in the neurosciences. It is the goal of Vanderbilt’s Neurology residency program to produce such leadership.

To apply for a residency position, both adult and child candidates should utilize the ERAS® site Our deadline for application is November 30. Please contact the residency program coordinator at 615-936-1567 with any questions. The Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is actively committed to maintaining a diversified body of residents and fellows in an environment that is dedicated to excellence. To support this mission, travel reimbursement will be offered to selected applicants to the neurology residency and training programs.

Neurology is an independent department of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Department is divided into divisions or specialized programs of the department that usually consist of three or more faculty. The subspecialty divisions include Consulting Practice, Epilepsy, Headache, Movement Disorders, General Neurology, Neuromuscular Disease, Neuro-oncology, Neuro-ophthalmology, Pain and Neuromagnetics, Pediatric Neurology, Sleep Disorders, and Stroke.

The academic center of the department is located in Medical Center North on Medical Center Drive, just adjacent to the Vanderbilt University Hospital. Treating Medical Center North as the hub of a wheel, spokes can be drawn out to all the major buildings a resident might need to go to engage in departmental activities.

Residents rotate through five main facilities: Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital (VCH), the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH),
Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital (VSRH), and the Nashville Veteran's Administration Medical Center (NVAMC). In addition, outpatients are seen at The Vanderbilt Clinic (TVC).

Each resident has access to
The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library, which contains over 200,000 volumes of books, reference materials, and journals. The library also contains a state-of-the-art computer system capable of managing vast amounts of information. Included in this system are CD-ROM and videodisc players, scanners and access to electronic databases. The new medical school library has on-line computer connections to hospital wards. In addition, the Department of Neurology maintains its own library with subscriptions to all major English language neurology journals.