Our training is designed to produce physicians very skilled in clinical neurology because we feel that both those who plan a career in research neurology and those who enter private practice must first be very good clinicians. We have specifically designed our training to teach the resident to do what neurologists are most often called upon to do: to evaluate and treat a wide variety of patients in an outpatient setting and to evaluate hospital consultations.
The strengths of the department include a very broad range of clinical material, the integration of all the clinical services on one campus, the opportunity to interact with the large number of neuroscientists on our campus, and especially, the very close relationship between the residents and the faculty.
Our faculty have diverse interests, and some have national and international standing for their research and/or clinical work. Some are skilled laboratory scientists, while others are interested primarily in clinical neurology, neurodiagnostic studies and clinical investigation. Most of the faculty see patients and teach the residents and students. Both the clinic and consultation services have close faculty supervision. Most of our faculty have on-going research programs and there are nearly 60 other neuroscientists on our campus and many of them have a good deal of influence on our residents through lectures and seminars in the basic neurosciences.
Elective time for research is available. All residents must be exposed to individuals involved in significant neurological research, whether or not they themselves plan to do research. All residents also have sufficient, well-supervised training in critical care neurology and in the care of our own hospitalized patients. Rotations on inpatient services make up a relatively small percentage of our clinical training. All the training is arranged so that the residents are given progressively more responsibility as their skill increases. Visit this site for a list of typical annual rotations. Perhaps the greatest modification to the schedule in recent years is the concept of night float. A designated resident takes call Sunday night through Thursday night, leaving only Friday and Saturday the only true call nights.
We have good evidence that we are producing excellent physicians. A major strength of our program is the outstanding quality of our residents. The "track record" of our residents after completing their training has been exceptional. They have been accepted in very prestigious fellowship positions, a large number have obtained academic faculty positions, and many have excellent private practices.
We accept up to four residents each year after an approved preliminary first year of Internal Medicine residency in the United States or Canada. We select our trainees through the Neurology Resident Matching Program. The University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Internal Medicine gives consideration to our residents for a preliminary first year, but they cannot guarantee such positions and applicants must apply for those positions separately.
Beginning with the 2007 Residency Match, we will use both the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program's (NRMP) Main Match. With the NRMP, Neurology applicants will be able to take full advantage of the NRMP's couple's matching service, which allows two applicants to link their rank order lists so that they match into pairs of programs suited to their needs. For more information about the matching process see the NRMP website at www.nrmp.org. International graduates should also send their USMLE scores and an indication of their visa status. UTMB will sponsor J-1 visas.
All applicants who are accepted must have a personal interview, but we receive a large number of applications and feel it is unfair to ask all applicants to go to the expense of a trip to Galveston. After review of credentials, applicants considered competitive for a position will be invited for an interview between October and December.
More information can be found at the UTMB Graduate Medical Education site.