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Residency Overview

  • Dear Applicants,

    Welcome to the University of Texas Medical Branch  Residency Program! We are thrilled that you are considering a career in this fascinating and rewarding specialty. The mission of our department is to provide excellent clinical care, educate future leaders in the field of Neurology, and conduct research to improve and advance the specialty.

    The UTMB Residency Program in Neurology offers excellent clinical training which involves caring for the most medically complicated and challenging patients in the Galveston area. Education is a central dogma of our department and residency. Residents participate in a variety of educational activities including a rigorous Morning Report series,  epilepsy surgical conferences, EEG reading lecture series, Neuromuscular lecture series, Neuroendovascular conference, professional development opportunities, quality improvement projects, faculty mentorship and research faculty mentorship. Our diverse faculty has trained at premier programs across the country, bringing their experience and knowledge to U.T.M.B.

    We encourage you to apply to the program, and to explore to learn more about University of Texas Medical Branch, Neurology has to offer.

    Sincerely yours,

    Chilvana Patel, MD   Alok Dabi, MD
    Chilvana Patel, MD        Alok Dabi, MD
    Director     Associate Director 

  • Residents spend most of their time on the Galveston campus. Galveston campus which first opened its doors for patients in 1891; includes 3 hospitals all of which are interconnected by tunnels and includes a level 1 trauma emergency room. Follow link to learn more about Galveston campus:

  • The program fosters a strong culture of mentorship. Each resident is assigned a designated faculty mentor, who meets with the mentees on a monthly basis to discuss career goals and guide them through different opportunities to achieve these goals.

    In addition, each junior resident is assigned one senior resident mentor as well. The chairman, Dr. Bhardwaj also has a yearly one-on-one meeting with each resident to discuss career goals and provide additional mentorship.

    The program leadership including the chairman and program directors have an open-door policy and house-staff/faculty are welcome to discuss any issues that may arise.

  • The program offers many opportunities for research and our residents have been prolific in contributing to the scholarly literature. Yearly, our residents present 100 abstracts at national meetings and publish peer-reviewed articles in various prestigious journals.

    Residents can also avail the combined Neurobiology of Disease (NOD) Track, where they get a PhD in neuroscience at the Mitchell Center on the Galveston Campus, during their 4 years of residency. This integrated program has produced many illustrious clinician-researchers in the field of neuroscience.

    In addition, we offer an additional one-year research fellowship integrated in the PGY4 year to two PGY4 residents. This is sponsored by the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium (TARCC).

  • The residents are integrally involved in the education of medical students at the UTMB School of Medicine. Each year nearly three hundred, 3rd and 4th year medical students rotate through our neurology clinics and wards. The residents play an important role in their education and mentoring. Senior residents take part in student neurology lectures and evaluate students for their clinical service rotations. Each year the medical students vote for the “Resident Teacher of the Year” in neurology. This award is presented to the resident during the graduation ceremony.

    Below are some of the past recipients of this award:

    2017-2018 – Dr. Varun Shah
    2018-2019 – Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Solaiman
    2019-2020 – Dr. Yousaf Ajam
    2020-2021 – Dr. Neeharika Thottempudi
    2021-2022 – Dr. Nelitza Rivera Vega
    2022-2023 – Dr. Cabral Frade