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Sara Schaefer, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Neurology; Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency, Neurology; Program Director, Movement Disorders Fellowship, Neurology

Contact Information

Sara Schaefer, MD, MHS

Patient Care Location

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    Dept. of Neurology, P.O. Box 208018

    New Haven, CT 06510

    United States



Dr. Schaefer is a graduate of Brown University and The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and an alumna of the Yale Neurology Residency Program. She completed 2 years of subspecialty training in movement disorders at Yale. She has a particular interest in medical education, and completed a Masters of Health Sciences with a focus on medical education in 2019. She has designed an interactive, video-based online training curriculum in movement disorders for residents and medical students that is used by learners all over the world. She serves as co-founder and deputy editor of the MDS podcast, launched January 2019, founder and producer of Neurology Nuts and Bolts: Constructing your Career podcast, launched February 2022, serves as the Movement Disorders Section Head of the Annual Academy of Neurology Resident In-Service Training Examination (RITE) Committee, and as the CME editor for the Movement Disorders Journal.

Education & Training

  • MHS
    Yale University (2019)
  • Chief Resident, Neurology
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2016)
  • Resident, Neurology
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2016)
  • Intern, Medicine
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2013)
  • MD
    Ohio State University College of Medicine (2012)
  • ScB
    Brown University (2007)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Education Innovation Poster AwardMedical Education Day 2018, Yale School of Medicine2018
Creative Expression of Human Values in Neurology, for “Caring for Maggie”American Academy of Neurology2016
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society2012
Gold Humanism Honor Society2012

Professional Service

Movement Disorders JournalCME Editor for the Movement Disorders Journal2021 - Present
American Academy of Neurology RITE Review CommitteeMember, Section Leader2019 - Present
Movement Disorders JournalMDS Podcast Co-Founder and Host2019 - Present
Update in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders CME Course, Yale School of MedicineCo-Director2018 - 2019
Movement Disorders Society PodcastFounder2018 - Present
New Learning Formats Subcommittee of the Education Committee, International Parkinson and Movement Disorders SocietyCommittee Member2017 - 2019

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