Dear RWJ Neurology Residency Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in the neurology residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School! It is an exciting time to be a neurologist! The goal of the Adult Neurology Residency Program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is to train outstanding clinical neurologists who are astute in neuroscience, compassionate in care and resilient in adversity. We accomplish this through intensive, supervised exposure to inpatients and outpatients, daily formal didactics and mentored scholarly activity.
Our department’s clinical neurology faculty comprises more than 20 clinical adult neurologists in eight subspecialties, who are all dedicated to resident education. Our faculty are regional and in some cases, international experts in their subspecialty area. We have several centers of clinical excellence including in Stroke, Epilepsy, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and American Parkinson’s Disease Association. Our residents are now also offered training in a state of the art neurocritical care unit. Our departmental teaching effort is complemented by outstanding clinical faculty in pediatric neurology, psychiatry, neuroradiology, neuropathology, neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, sleep medicine and pain medicine.
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson’s Neurology department has a strong tradition of excellence in research. We have four NIH-supported basic science faculty in our department. In the past academic year, our faculty and residents had 33 peer-reviewed publications and twenty-eight abstract presentations. Our residents are given protected time for research and many travel to national conferences to present their abstracts. We are excited to now offer a resident research day for residents to highlight their work.
Our residency uses one hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. RWJUH is a 610-bed hospital and is now part of the RWJ Barnabas Health system. 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 college town of 57,000. Within a few blocks of the hospital are a wide range of housing options from new, luxury high-rises with doormen to townhouses to trim 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, with access to New York City in under an hour.
We have traditionally had residents from diverse backgrounds including graduates of US medical school (DO and MD) and international medical school graduates. We are very proud of our graduates as they have gone onto competitive fellowships in a wide variety of subspecialties including stroke, neurocritical care, movement disorders, headache, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, neuromuscular medicine and others. We are looking forward to meeting our applicants this year. Thank you for interest in our program.
For questions, please contact our residency coordinator, Janet Ryan, at (732) 235-6017.
We look forward to hearing from you as you begin this exciting phase of your medical career.
Megan M. Leitch, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Residency Program Director