Frequently Asked Questions

What is the rotation schedule like?

The PGY 2-4 years are divided into rotations of four weeks each, totaling 13 rotations per year, or 39 in all. They are distributed approximately as follows: 18 adult inpatients (Stroke Service, General Neurology Service, Night Float, Neurocritical Care), 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 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 PGY-2 to PGY-4.

Is there a night float rotation?

Yes! We now have a night float rotation. The rotation is 2 weeks long and done by PGY2 and PGy3 residents.

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

We currently offer two linked PGY-1 positions for medical internship with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. NBI is part of the RWJ Barnabas Health System. We are still in the process of trying to secure an additional 2 linked preliminary year positions and in the future hope to covert to a categorical program

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 IMG applicants who match in our program have had extensive US clinical experience prior to applying for residency.

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. However, applicants with additional post-graduate (fellowship) training, advanced degrees or extensive US clinical experience are encouraged to apply.

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. If you needed more than one attempt to pass Step 1; we prefer to also see a passing score on Step 2 Clinical Knowledge prior to match.

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 electives are available?

Elective blocks 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, neurophysiology, pain management, sleep medicine, neurosurgery, headache, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and noninvasive cerebrovascular diagnosis. Away electives are also available if you are unable to find a comparable rotation at RWJUH.

What is the call schedule like?

Night float covers from 8pm to 7am 6 days a week. There is a long-call resident that covers the late afternoon until night float starts. On the weekend, a PGY2 or 3 resident will cover a 24 hour call on Saturday and a 12 hour day call on Sunday. A short call day residents works on the weekend to help care for already admitted patients. The call obligations become progressively lighter as a resident

moves up through their training. 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 a few faculty members see patients at both locations. With virtual learning, we have combined our grand rounds and didactic schedules for this academic year.