From the Program Director:
The residency program of the Department of Neurology of the University of Maryland provides a superb, ACGME approved, educational experience for our neurology trainees. We have more than 50 faculty with expertise in multiple neurology subspecialties, who are devoted teachers, clinicians, and researchers. Together with colleagues in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, psychiatry, and many other disciplines, they represent a wide breadth of expertise available to the neurology resident.
The University of Maryland Medical Center is a large tertiary care center, with a broad network of referring community hospitals throughout the region. As a consequence, on the inpatient services neurology residents have exposure to common neurology diagnoses, as well as patients with more complex or rare conditions who are transferred for a higher level of care. Among the many services offered are an active Neuroscience ICU, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and state of the art Neuroradiology suites for interventional management of acute stroke.
Similarly, in the outpatient center, patients come for treatment of a broad range of disorders, including patients referred from community neurologists to our specialists for second opinions. Our residents also receive training at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, which is connected to the University hospital by a foot bridge. Residents also rotate at the Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedics institute (formerly Kernan Hospital), a specialized rehabilitation center with dedicated stroke, spinal cord and neurotrauma units. With all of these resources available, our neurology residents receive a broad inpatient and outpatient clinical neurology experience.
There are many educational opportunities, including grand rounds, Chairman's rounds, case conferences, daily morning report, specialty conferences, and a curriculum of didactic mid-day lectures throughout the year. Faculty are involved in a wide array of research activities, from basic science laboratory programs to clinical trials. There are abundant opportunities for residents to pursue research questions, either of their own design or in conjunction with on-going projects.
Our program is designed to provide increasing responsibility and independence as trainees become more experienced, while always maintaining support from more senior residents, fellows, and attending physicians. By the end of the residency, our trainees are well prepared to succeed in any of the many career options available to neurologists today. Our residents have been very successful in going on to fellowships and careers in many different fields.
We are constantly examining our program; working with the residents to make adjustments to provide the best possible training. We invite you to learn more about our Department and visit us so that you can experience first-hand the opportunities that our residency program provides. For more information, please contact Ms. Jillian Iffland, M.Ed., Director, Education Office at 410-328-5841 or by email at [email protected]
Carolyn A. Cronin, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Neurology Residency Program Director
From the Chief Residents:
Welcome to the Neurology Residency Training Program at the University of Maryland. Our residency provides exceptional clinical training in a wide array of environments spanning the spectrum of neurologic disease.
During our residency we rotate through multiple sites in the University of Maryland Medical System, including the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the Shock Trauma Center (STC,) University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute (UM Rehab, formerly known as Kernan Hospital), the outpatient clinics at the University of Maryland Neurology Care Center, and the Baltimore VA Medical Center. All of these buildings are easily accessible, with UM Rehab a short drive away and all other sites within 2 blocks of UMMC. UMMC is our “home base” where we perform the majority of our inpatient services and where the concept of a “Brain Attack Team” (BAT) was first conceived. It also houses our neurocritical care suite, one of the pinnacles of the acute neurologic care that we provide. The STC is the nation's only integrated trauma hospital with the largest volume of trauma patients seen per year, with dedicated neurotrauma and spinal cord unit. UM Rehab, one of the largest and most advanced rehabilitation hospitals in the country, is where most of our patients go for acute rehab and rotating there allows us to continue to participate in their care even in the post-acute setting. We are a referral center for all of Maryland and the surrounding states, as well as the primary trauma center in our region. Clinical rotations through each of these centers offers a well-rounded and complete experience of Neurology in a variety of settings.
Graduates from the University of Maryland have a reputation for providing excellent patient care and pride themselves on becoming expert clinicians. We attribute this reputation to the many outstanding physician-educators on our faculty. In addition to their strong investment in our education, faculty provide extensive opportunities for both clinical and basic science research, along with quality improvement/patient safety (QIPS) projects. Each resident is assigned an advisor to help identify individual career goals, research ideas and opportunities. Resident projects are presented during a yearly resident/fellows research symposium, as well as at the Annual AAN Meeting and various subspecialty meetings.
Residency leadership starts with Dr. Carolyn Cronin, our dedicated program director who is constantly working to improve the educational and clinical experience for us. The program is organic and ever-adapting to the needs of each resident. With the addition of our new Chairman, Dr. Peter Crino, who plays an active role in the shaping of our program, we have the full support of the University of Maryland Neurology Department.
Our residents come from a variety of backgrounds and have equally varying interests and professional goals. Historically, the majority of residents pursue additional subspecialty fellowship training after residency. We have robust sub-specialty divisions and associated ACGME accredited fellowship opportunities. These include Vascular neurology, Neurophysiology (both EEG and EMG tracks), Movement Disorders, Neuro Critical Care, and Multiple Sclerosis. The expert faculty provide strong education and mentorship. For these reasons many residents choose to continue their training here at the University of Maryland, while others have gone to top programs throughout the country.
Baltimore is a vibrant city with excellent restaurants, sporting venues, and cultural events to choose from. With its proximity to both Washington, DC and Philadelphia, the surrounding region has a lot to offer: city life, more rural experiences on the Eastern Shore and western Maryland, the beaches of the mid-Atlantic region and the Appalachian Mountains. The city and surrounding suburbs have many beautiful neighborhoods to meet the needs of every resident. The Baltimore-Washington, DC metropolitan area provides excellent access to many job opportunities for graduating residents as well as their significant others.
We hope that this has given you a glimpse into life at the University of Maryland Neurology Residency program. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Allison Snyder, MD
Matthew Jaffa, DO