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September 2014

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:

Setting:

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.

Our hospital and medical school are in the commercial center of town, adjacent to the main campus of Rutgers University. New Brunswick is a vibrant and rapidly growing college town.  Within a few blocks of the hospital are a wide range of housing options from high-rise rentals and condos to shared apartments in clapboard houses; an array of entertainment offerings from a comedy club and brew pubs to symphonic music and Broadway road shows; and a full spectrum of restaurants from inexpensive undergraduate haunts to several among the top in the state.  The train station is adjacent to the hospital, allowing access in less than an hour to New York City. 

Rutgers is proud of its recent admission to the Big 10.  This is an honor not only for its athletic program, but also for its academics, which is now taking advantage of collaborations and resources shared by that group of top state universities.

Faculty:

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.

Format:

Ours is a three-year (“advanced”) program, which means that applicants must match separately into a PGY-1 year in internal medicine.  We have four residents in each of the PGY2-4 years.  A PGY1 year is in the planning stages.

The 36 months of the program will be distributed approximately as follows:

15 adult inpatients (about half Stroke Service, half General Neurology Service)

10 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

Electives:

The 10 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 month 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 five 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.

Residents since our program’s founding listed by expected graduation dates with college, medical school and post-residency position:

Our 27 residents’ medical schools were:  9 US MDs, 3 US DOs, 8 non-Caribbean international, 7 Caribbean.


Grad. Date

Resident

College

Medical School

Fellowship

Specialty

Fellowship

Institution

2018

 Katrina Bernardo, MD

Cornell University

New York Medical College

Mansoureh Mamarabadi, MD

Tehran University of Medical Science

Sara Soliman, DO

Rutgers University

Rowan University Osteopathic

Nathan Walker, MD

Elon University

Saba University

2017

Haroon Ahmad, MD

U of Maryland Baltimore County

University of Virginia

Serge Khelemsky, DO

Rutgers University

UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Med.

Chris Renner, MD

Loyola Univ. of Baltimore

Drexel University

Bing-Tao Lin, MD

Sun Yat-Sen University

2016

Yeva Fernandez, MD

SUNY Stony Brook

Ross University School of Medicine

Yulia Orlova, MD

Siberian State Medical University, Russia

Juan Ramos-Canseco, MD

Florida Int’l University

Ross University School of Medicine

Vimala Vaggala, MD

Kakatiya Medical College, India

2015

Mohamed Elsharif, MD

University of Minnesota

Pennsylvania State University

Erin Feinstein, DO

Scripps College

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Med

Alma Yum, MD

University of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia

2014

Thomas Leahy, MD

Queens College, NY, NY

American Univ. of the Caribbean

Vascular neurology

University of South Florida

Kannan Narayana, MD

JSS Medical College, India

Neuro-ophthalmology

NYU-Langone

Husain Rizvi, MD

Emory University

Medical College of Georgia

Vascular neurology

North Shore/Long Island Jewish

2013

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

Vascular Neurology

University of Florida

2012

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

Vascular Neurology

Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

2011

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

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 http://rwjms.rutgers.edu and http://www.rwjuh.edu.

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

Sincerely,

Lawrence I. Golbe, MD

Professor of Neurology and Residency Program Director