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 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.
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.