Residents typically spend 5-6 months on electives, and many residents use this time to obtain training in either clinical or basic science research. This training is particularly valuable for those individuals who already know they are interested in becoming an academic neurologist, or who want more experience to decide whether that is the career they want to pursue.
The Yale Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (CNSTP) The Yale Neurology Residency Program is strongly committed to developing the careers of trainees who are interested in academic neurology, and as such we are in full agreement with the ideals of the American Academy of Neurology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education expressed in their joint statement on "Flexible Training in Neurology."
The Department of Neurology offers advanced training for qualified individuals after residency training. Opportunities exist for clinical fellowships and a wide-variety of research fellowships that can be tailored to the specific interests of the trainee. Some of these fellowships can also be combined with degree granting programs to obtain Master's or PhD degrees.
Familiarity with members of the national and international academic neurology community is an important component of career development for those interested in joining the ranks of faculty at a university medical school. To facilitate this aspect of resident education, the Yale University Neurology Residency Program encourages and facilitates resident attendance at annual meetings of national societies of academic neurology, as well as selected educational programs held nationally.
Every resident in the Yale Neurology Residency Program receives an educational allowance each year. These funds can be spent for books, national meetings, neurological tools, PDAs, or a variety of other educational needs.
One of the goals of our residency program is not only to create leaders in neurology, but also to develop good teachers to educate future generations of doctors. Yale neurology residents play an integral role in the curriculum of the medical school, and are involved in teaching activities in a variety of settings.