Welcome Letter

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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 eighteen neurology trainees. Our faculty of 42 physicians and 13 Ph.D.'s 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 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. The faculty is 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. Michele Canter, Director, Education Office at 410-328-5841 or by email at mcanter@som.umaryland.edu.

Carolyn A. Cronin, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Neurology Residency Program Director


From the Chief Residents:

Welcome to our website for the Neurology Residency Training Program of the University of Maryland. The goal of this site is to share our perspective of the program as current residents. We hope that this will interest you in learning more about the program in person.

You may be actively gathering information about residency programs or be in the process of applying for residency. If so, you have made a wonderful choice - this is an exciting time to be a neurologist and a neurologist in training.

Our residents work at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Shock Trauma Center, Kernan Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Baltimore VA Medical Center. The University of Maryland is a referral center for patients in the surrounding communities with complicated neurological problems, so we have the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population.

Graduates from the University of Maryland have a reputation for providing excellent patient care and being superior clinicians. We attribute this reputation to the many outstanding teachers on our faculty. In addition to the teaching, our large faculty provides extensive opportunities for both clinical and basic science research. Even with the large size of our department, the faculty are very approachable and take an active role in all aspects of resident education. At the University of Maryland, we are actively involved in shaping the program and have a lot of input and ownership. This is possible not only because of the friendships among the residents, but also the camaraderie with the faculty.

Our residents come from a variety of backgrounds and have equally varying interests and professional goals. There are opportunities for involvement in clinical and basic research, with projects of varying scope. Historically, most of our residents enter fellowships prior to pursuing careers in academics or private practice. At completion, our residents are very proficient with the acute evaluation and treatment of stroke, and are comfortable managing the spectrum of neurological diseases, including movement disorders, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, multiple sclerosis, and headache. Most of our recent graduates have had their first choice of jobs or fellowships.

Baltimore and the surrounding region also provide a myriad of extracurricular activities, with many excellent restaurants, sporting venues, and cultural events to choose from. The beaches of the mid-Atlantic region and the Appalachian Mountains are only a few hours away, offering easy access for weekend getaways. The city and surrounding suburbs have many beautiful and safe neighborhoods, and our residents have chosen a variety of different places to live that suit their own tastes. Maryland public schools are among the best public schools in the US and being part of the Baltimore-Washington, DC metropolitan area provides excellent access to many job opportunities for graduating residents and their significant others.

We hope that this has given you a glimpse into our program. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Efrat Feldman,MD - University of Kentucky (Kentucky)
Mark McAllister,MD - Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Karen Nater Pineiro,MD - Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico
Jared Pomeroy,MD - Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Michigan
Rainer von Coelln,MD, PhD - Harbor Hospital Center, Baltimore, MD

For patient inquiries or to make an appointment, call 1-800-492-5538.

This page was last updated: September 25, 2013

         
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