Adult Neurology Residency Program

From the Program Director

Welcome to Columbia's Neurology Residency! Our residency program is a premier neurological education steeped in the academic legacy of the Neurological Institute and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, world-renowned institutions for the care of patients with diseases of the nervous system.

The Columbia neurology residency program is defined by these qualities: collegiality, mentorship, scholarship, and clinical excellence. Our faculty is committed to teaching residents, and the academic community provides a close and supportive environment where residents learn and thrive. Our conferences are a showcase of superb teaching by some of the most prominent educators and researchers in neurology. On our ward services and in our clinics, our residents are exposed to a diverse and multicultural patient population with every type of neurological illness.

While the classical methods of neurology—the neurological history and examination, neuroanatomical localization advanced clinical reasoning—represent the foundation of neurological training at Columbia, our program offers unparalleled subspecialty depth, state-of-the-art technological resources, evidence-based medicine, exceptionally strong neuroscience, an active neuroethics curriculum, and abundant opportunities for residents as teachers.

An acknowledged leader in resident research, our Department has expanded its research mentorship and resources to ensure that every resident with academic aspirations will make contributions to the field of neurology. Among the highlights of the residency program is Resident Research Day, our annual celebration of our residents' scholarly achievements. Our R25 research track is designed specifically for residents who wish to pursue careers in basic neuroscience.

Formal away electives are available for residents in traveling overseas during their clinic-free elective of one month duration. Residents may rotate with university affiliates in Durban, South Africa as well as to the Dominican Republic. A formal elective to Puerto Rico is currently being planned.

Needless to say, a key element in the life of a Columbia neurology resident is the opportunity to experience and explore New York City, a vibrant and cosmopolitan place that is one of the great cities of the world.

The education of young neurologists has long been a core mission of Columbia's Neurological Institute. Our neurology residency program sets a standard in neurological education, scholarly accomplishment, mentorship and career opportunities. I invite you to learn all about our residency program, the Department of Neurology, our educational curriculum and conferences, our campus in northern Manhattan, our residents and faculty, and the many extraordinary opportunities that define Columbia neurology.

Blair Ford, MD
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Neurology Program Director