Neurology Residency

August, 2021

Dear Neurology Residency Applicant,


            Thank you for your interest in the Adult Neurology Residency Program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School!   It is an exciting time to be a neurologist with advancements being made in both inpatient and outpatient areas of neurology.  The pandemic has brought new challenges to training but also new opportunities to learn.  We also now have opportunities for our residents to participate in telemedicine.  This year, recruitment will again be done virtually, with all interviews conducted over a video chat platform.  We may offer an optional in-person “second look” during the winter, depending on state of the pandemic.

            We are very pleased to announce a continued partnership with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for an option for a linked preliminary year program.  All four of our advanced positions in neurology will be offered a link with their preliminary year medical internship!  Please see the FAQ section of the website for more information.

The goal of the 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 program prepares residents for a career in academic medicine or primate practice. 

            Our department’s clinical neurology faculty is comprised of 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 Parkinson’s Disease.  We have a state of the art Neurocritical Care Unit that all of our residents rotate through.  During the past academic year, we are welcomed new faculty in the divisions of movement disorder, cognitive behavioral neurology and stroke.  Ad additional stroke faculty member will be joining the department this fall.  Our departmental teaching effort is complemented by outstanding clinical faculty in other departments including, pediatric neurology, psychiatry, neuroradiology, neuropathology, neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, sleep medicine and pain medicine.

            Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Neurology department has a strong tradition of excellence in research.  We have four NIH-supported basic science faculty in our department.   Many of our residents present abstracts at national meetings or work with faculty members to write a book chapter, review article or case report.  Our residents are given protected time for research and many travel to national conferences to present their abstracts.  We are excited to offer a resident research day for residents to highlight their work.  Residents also participate in scholarly activity through presenting at grand rounds and organizing journal club.

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.   Residents also work closely with medical students on our inpatient services and we also strive to instruct our residents on how to be effective teachers.  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 schools (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.  Please see the list of former residents on our website to see the excellent training options available to our graduates.  We are looking forward to meeting our applicants virtually this year.  Thank you for interest in our program.

For additional questions, see the FAQ section of the website.

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


Megan M. Leitch, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology and Residency Program Director

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