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September 17, 2015


Dear RWJ Neurology Residency Applicant:


Thank you for your interest in our neurology residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Here is some basic information about our program:




Our residency uses one hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. We are the only hospital among the top 10 in New Jersey (as ranked by New Jersey Monthly magazine) with a neurology residency.


New Brunswick is a vibrant college town of 40,000. Our hospital and medical school are in the commercial center of town, adjacent to the main campus of Rutgers University. Within a few blocks of the hospital are a wide range of housing options; an array of entertainment offerings and a full spectrum of restaurants. The train station is adjacent to the hospital, with access to New York City in 50 minutes.




Our department’s clinical neurology faculty comprises 19 clinical adult neurologists in eight subspecialties. Our teaching effort is supplemented by three NIH-supported basic science faculty in our department and by clinical faculty in pediatric neurology, psychiatry, neuroradiology, neuropathology, neurosurgery, sleep medicine and pain medicine.


Program Size:


We have four residents in each year of the program. As mentioned above, we cover only one hospital plus it attached pediatric hospital.  Three of our four PGY1 positions are at St. Peter's University Hospital, 0.7 miles away.  The fourth is at our own hospital.


Source of Residents:


We have had 29 residents since the program was started as a free-standing residency in 2009.  Of these, 11 are grads of US MD-granting schools, 8 are American grads of Caribbean schools, 7 are grads of other non-US schools and 3 are US osteopathic grads.


PGY 1 Prelim Medicine Year:


Our neurology residency is “advanced,” meaning that it officially includes only PGY2-4.  However, we have an agreement with St. Peter’s University Hospital to accept three of our four matched candidates into its Medicine residency for a preliminary year.  We also have an agreement with our own hospital's Medicine residency to accept one of our residents for a prelim year. 


Therefore, we have two “tracks” in the Match.  One matches three candidates into the St. Peter's prelim year and the other matches one candidate into the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital prelim year.  All four will then do their PGY2-4 years together at RWJUH.


Our Prelim Year and the Match: 


You will have to submit a supplemental rank list of prelim medicine programs to the Match.  Applicants can rank either of our "tracks" or both.  For example, if you far prefer doing your PGY1 at St. Peter's, you don't have to rank the RWJUH prelim year "track" at all.  Alternatively, if you far prefer doing your PGY1 at RWJUH, don't rank the St. Peter's "track."  We expect and advise all of our interviewed candidates to rank both "tracks," although perhaps at different positions. 


St. Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed affiliated facility in New Brunswick, less than one mile (a 15-minute walk) from RWJUH.  It has free-standing residencies in internal medicine, pediatrics and ob/gyn.  The neighborhood between SPUH and RWJUH is a good place for residents to live and an easy walk to both hospitals.


Applicants who rank our linked program with St. Peter's do not have to interview there, but may arrange a tour if they wish.  This would have to be by separate arrangement with that hospital’s GME office.  Touring St. Peter’s would not influence either our ranking of that candidate for our residency or the likelihood of matching into one of our three linked positions at St. Peter's.




The three years of 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 vacation.




The 13 elective months, which supplement the required time in pediatric neurology, psychiatry and research, can be spent in a wide variety of areas. Most residents use this time to sample the various subspecialties that are less well-represented on the inpatient floors. A four-week elective can be split between two or more subspecialties. Electives are available in multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, neuro-ophthalmology, epilepsy, neuro-otology, neuro-oncology, video EEG, pain management, sleep medicine, neurosurgery, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and noninvasive cerebrovascular diagnosis. Away electives are also available. One of our volunteer faculty offers an elective experience in general outpatient neurology in his suburban practice.


Night Call:


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 average three overnight calls per month (including weekend day/night calls) plus one or two short weekend calls.

PGY4’s have one or two weekend day short calls or (once in three months) one weekday/night call.

The “short call” resident works in the hospital until 3 PM to help the “long call” resident who remains overnight.


General Advice:


We have no maximum interval since medical school graduation.

We have no minimum USMLE scores.

We do consider IMGs and DOs.

We support only J1 visas.

US clinical experience in addition to the PGY-1 year is recommended but not required.

We do not have a pre-match.

We accept applications only via the Match.


Do not confuse our program with those at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School), which is in Newark, or at Cooper-Camden Medical Center (formerly UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), which is in Camden, NJ and is now part of Rowan University.


For questions on administrative aspects of the program, please contact our residency coordinator, Janet Ryan, at (732) 235-6017.


For more information on Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, please visit and


We look forward to hearing from you as you begin this exciting phase of your medical career.




Lawrence I. Golbe, MD

Professor of Neurology and Residency Program Director



Residents listed by graduation year with college, medical school and post-residency position:


Graduation year;


Undergraduate college

Medical School

Fellowship subspecialty

Fellowship institution



Ahmad Nizam, MD

University of Damascus, Syria

Clinical Neurophysiology

Vanderbilt University

Peter Struck, MD

Univ of Washington

Chicago Medical School

Clinical Neurophysiology

SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY

Jeri Williams, MD

Williams College

American Univ of the Caribbean

Movement Disorders

U of Alabama, Birmingham



Klara Briskin, MD

SUNY Binghamton

Ross University

Private Practice


Steven Kanarek, MD

University of Kansas

St. George’s

Clinical Neurophysiology

SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY

Krishna Mylavarapu, MD

Kempegowda Institute, India


Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison



Omar Ahmed, MD

University of Pennsylvania

Medical College of Ohio

Neuro-Critical Care

University of Miami

Mahmoud Obideen, MD

University of Aleppo, Syria

Clinical Neurophysiology

Vanderbilt University

Arnaldo Velez, MD

Univ. of Michigan

Univ. Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico


University of Florida



Thomas Leahy, MD

Queens College, City Univ of NY

American Univ. of the Caribbean

Clinical Neurophysiology

Wayne State Univ / Sinai Grace

Kannan Narayana, MD

JSS Medical College, India



Husain Rizvi, MD

Emory University

Medical College of Georgia


North Shore/Long Island Jewish



Mohamed Elsharif, MD

University of Minnesota

Pennsylvania State University

Private Practice


Erin Feinstein, DO

Scripps College

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Med

Movement Disorders

Mt. Sinai, NY

Alma Yum, MD

University of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia


Barrow Neurological Institute



Yeva Fernandez, MD

SUNY Stony Brook

Ross University School of Medicine

 Movement Disorders


Yulia Orlova, MD

Siberian State Medical University, Russia



Juan Ramos-Canseco, MD

Florida Int’l University

Ross University School of Medicine


University of South Florida

Vimala Vajjala, MD

Kakatiya Medical College, India


Barrow Neurological Institute



Haroon Ahmad, MD

U of Maryland Baltimore County

University of Virginia



Serge Khelemsky, DO

Rutgers University

UMDNJ Osteopathic



Chris Renner, MD

Loyola Univ. of Baltimore

Drexel University





Katrina Bernardo, MD

Cornell University

New York Medical College



Mansoureh Mamarabadi, MD

Tehran University of Medical Science



Sara Huser, DO

Rutgers University

Rowan University Osteopathic



Nathan Walker, MD

Elon University

Saba University





James Lee, MD

John Hopkins University

St. George’s



Omid Motabar, MD

Penn State

Penn State



Isaac Naggar, MD

Brandeis University




Priyank Patel, MD

Massachusetts College of Health Sciences

St. George’s