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Letter from the Program Director

Raymond Price, MDThe Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes your interest in our residency training program. This is certainly an exciting time to be starting a career as a neurologist.

Neurology at Penn has a long history. The Perelman School of Medicine is the oldest in the country, and our Department of Neurology is proud of its position as the first of its kind in the nation. But it takes more than a great tradition to guarantee a great future. We recognize that keeping pace with the rapid advances in neurology demands a particularly broad educational approach, and we take advantage of Penn's neuroscience resources to provide our residents with that breadth of training.

Clinical and basic neuroscientists throughout the campus are brought together under the auspices of the Comprehensive Neuroscience Institute. This Institute, which counts more than 200 faculty members, provides a wide range of educational programs, seminar series and special events for its members; our neurology residents are included in every program. Within the medical school, the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Neuroscience work together closely in both their research and teaching programs. Through these unique organizational interactions, our residents have unprecedented opportunities for research and collaborative interaction with investigators whose special skills range from molecular biology to psychophysics.

The Department of Neurology is organized in divisions in order to emphasize its strengths in a variety of subspecialty areas.

  • Our programs in Stroke and Neuro-Intensive Care operate in conjunction with our neurosurgical colleagues and provide an exceptional environment for clinical trials of stroke therapy, and for residency training in critical care neurology.
  • Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program offers in-depth monitoring and treatment of complicated seizure patients with surgery and experimental medications.
  • Our program in Cognitive Neurology focuses on memory disorders in the elderly, including Alzheimer's disease and other neuro-behavioral disorders.
  • Neuro-ophthalmology at Penn is one of the largest programs in the country and has extensive clinical and basic science research programs.
  • Our Neuromuscular group has long been recognized as one of the finest in the nation.
  • The Neuro-oncology Program provides comprehensive care to brain tumor patients.
  • The department's Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program, operates in a beautiful facility at Pennsylvania Hospital and has leading surgical and medical programs.

The faculty in these and other subspecialty programs train residents in their areas of interest through organized specialty rotations and programs.

Residents can elect to spend additional time in any subspecialty area during their second and third years. Other training opportunities are available in psychiatry, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neuropathology, rehabilitation, and neuroscience. Residents can spend elective time in any of these clinical areas, or can set aside time for basic or clinical research.

As you can see, this is an exciting time in the history of Penn Neurology and we look forward to sharing it with you.


Raymond Price, MD
Neurology Residency Program Director

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