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​Neurology Residency Program at UPMC Hamot

This ACGME accredited residency program offers a well-rounded neurological education with experience in a variety of subspecialities. Residents who choose UPMC Hamot for their residency are exposed to a wide variety of pathologies and patients. Our patients come from both urban and rural settings. They each have their own unique pathologies and socioeconomic dynamics. The clinical experience provides access to inpatient and outpatient care for patients of all ages. The residents have elective rotations from which they can choose a variety of subspecialities to help supplement their training. These rotations include neurology inpatient service, neurology outpatient continuity of care clinic, movement disorders (with experience in botulinum toxin injections, deep brain stimulation), epilepsy (with EEG interpretation training, vagal nerve stimulator, and an epilepsy monitoring unit), nerve conduction studies and EMG training, multiple sclerosis, sleep medicine, neurorehabilitation, neuro intervention, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, neuro intensive care, and neuromuscular medicine (including an ALS clinic and a muscular dystrophy clinic).

The intern is gradually introduced into the process of becoming a neurology resident through a shadowing program with senior residents throughout the year. This allows the intern a seamless transition into their second year.

The residents are taught pertinent procedures throughout their training. The residents will have an opportunity to be very comfortable performing lumbar punctures, administering botulinum toxin injections, interpreting carotid and intracranial Doppler testing, vagal nerve stimulator adjustments and deep brain stimulator adjustments. The residents will learn the business side of medicine through exposure to office management, coding and billing concepts.

UPMC Hamot is the only comprehensive stroke center in the city and region. UPMC Hamot draws from a population base of close to 1 million patients. The residents become very familiar with treating acute stroke patients administering TNK or determining if they need neuro intervention for clot removal. UPMC Hamot has a new state-of-the-art 64 bed intensive care unit where a dedicated neuro intensive care unit is available for the neurological patients with a fellowship trained neuro intensivist.

There is dedicated time in the schedule for residents to work on research projects. There is a full-time research director who is eager to assist the residents in completing any type of research project. We also have the capability to collaborate with the larger UPMC system, as well as several local universities and medical schools.

Our residents are prepared to go either into general neurological practice or enter fellowship training at the completion of their residency.

Thank you for considering UPMC Hamot for your residency. If you have any questions that are not answered by this website please contact Andrina Walters at waltersa5@upmc.edu or by calling 814-877-4178.