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Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the rotation schedule like?

                  The PGY2-4 years are divided into rotations of four weeks each, totaling 13 rotations per year, or 39 in all.  They are distributed approximately as follows: 15 adult inpatients (about half Stroke Service, half General Neurology Service), 13 electives, 3 pediatric neurology, 3 epilepsy service including video EEG, 1 psychiatry (on the Consultation Liaison service in our own hospital), 1 research, 3 for vacation.


What is the format of the program?

There are four residents per year.  The residency is “advanced,” meaning it comprises resident from years PGY2 to PGY-4.


Is there a night float rotation?

                  No, currently we do not have a night float but we are considering starting a night float rotation in the future.  We currently operate with a 24-hour call schedule that is shared between the PGY2’s and 3’s.  


Is there a PGY-1/ preliminary year offered for this program?

                  We are pleased to announce two linked positions for a preliminary year in medicine with Newark Beth Israel Hospital, an RWJ Barnabas Health affiliated hospital.  Please apply separately to this program through ERAS. You will need to include it in your supplementary rank list.



Do we consider International Medical School Graduates?

                  Yes! We welcome strong IMG candidates to apply to our program.  We have had many excellent IMG graduates of our program, including many chief residents.  Please note that most IMG applicants who match in our program have had US clinical experience prior to applying for residency.   At this time, we are only able to support J-1 visas.


Do we consider DO graduates?

                  Yes!  Our program usually has at least one DO graduate per year.  We accept either COMLEX USMLE scores.


Do we have a maximum interval since medical school graduate?

                  Yes, we generally only interview applicants who are about to graduate from medical school or who have graduated within the last 5 years.


Do we have a minimum USMLE or COMLEX score?

                  No, but most successful applicants to our program have passed Step 1 on their first attempt and have scores at or above the national average. 


Is there dedicated time for research?

                  Yes!  Our program requires that each graduate complete a scholarly project during their 3 years of residency.  All residents can take at least one 4 week-block for research.  Residents who show an exceptional interest in research, are permitted to take a second 4-week block for research with the support of their research mentor.


Is there a formal mentorship program?

                  Yes!  All incoming PGY-2 residents are assigned a faculty member who will meet with them regularly.  PGY-3 and 4 residents generally work with the program director to establish a mentor in their chosen sub-specialty.


What elective are available?

Elective months can be spent in a wide variety of areas. Most residents use this time to sample various subspecialties that are less well-represented on the inpatient floors.  Electives are available in multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, neuro-ophthalmology, epilepsy, neuro-otology, neuro-oncology, additional video EEG, pain management, sleep medicine, neurosurgery, headache, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and noninvasive cerebrovascular diagnosis. Away electives are also available.


What changes are expected to the program in coming years?     

                  Currently, neurocritical care is an elective rotation.  However, soon it is expected to become a required rotation that residents will generally do instead of some inpatient service time.  Additionally, there is a strong possibility that a night float system will be established.  


What is the call schedule like?

In-house overnight call is performed by the PGY2 and PGY3 residents.

PGY2’s average 4.5 overnight calls per month (including weekend day/night calls). PGY3 residents average three overnight calls per month (including weekend day/night calls) plus one weekend of short call (8am -4pm on Saturday and Sunday, approximately every 8 weeks).  The “short call” resident works in the hospital until 4PM to help the “long call” resident, who remains overnight. PGY4’s have one weekend short call every 8 weeks.  The senior resident on the stroke and general consult services take home call during the week until 10pm.


How do I apply?

                  We only accept applications through ERAS.


Is this program linked with the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School neurology residency program?

                  No, we are two different residency programs.  However, Dr. Jalbut is the department chair for both departments and several faculty members see patients at both locations.