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Sara Schaefer, MD, MHS

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



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, which she is currently studying as part of a multi-center randomized controlled trial with 12 neurology residency programs in the U.S. and Canada. She is an active member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (IPMDS), a member of the New Learning Formats subcommittee of the IPMDS Education committee, and has published original movement disorders card games through the Young Members Group of the IPMDS (available at: under "Resources for Young Members"). She serves as co-founder and co-host of the new MDS podcast, launched January 2019.

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
International Parkinson and Movement Disorders SocietyMDS Podcast Co-Founder and Host2019 - Present
Update in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders CME Course, Yale School of MedicineCo-Director2018 - 2019
New Learning Formats Subcommittee of the Education Committee, International Parkinson and Movement Disorders SocietyCommittee Member2017 - 2019

Departments & Organizations