December 24, 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.
We have four residents in each year of the program. As mentioned above, we cover only one hospital plus an 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.
We interviewed 58 candidates this year to start PGY1 in July 2016. Of those, 37 are from US MD-granting schools, 11 are from osteopathic school, 6 are from Caribbean schools and 4 are from other international schools.
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:
When you add our program to your NRMP rank order list, you will be prompted to specify the rank order of the linked PGY1 prelim programs. This is where you indicate your order of preference between the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the St. Peter’s University Hospital. If you match with us, you are guaranteed one of those 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. http://www.saintpetershcs.com/GraduateMedicalEducation/default.aspx. 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)
3 pediatric neurology
3 epilepsy service including video EEG
1 psychiatry (on the Consultation Liaison service in our own hospital)
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.
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.
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.
Lawrence I. Golbe, MD
Professor of Neurology and Residency Program Director