The Neurology Residency Training Programs at Stony Brook are uniquely situated in suburban Suffolk County, Long Island. This location provides an exceptional opportunity, offering an extremely diverse patient population in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Stony Brook University Medical Center serves both insured and uninsured patients and serves as the County Hospital for Suffolk County. The breadth of diagnoses that are seen here is vast. Additionally, as a tertiary care medical center, residents at Stony Brook provide care for complicated patients referred from neurologists and other specialists throughout Long Island, New York and other states as well.
Strengths of the Neurology Training Programs at Stony Brook are numerous:
- We are a Categorical Neurology Program.
- Our Program offers an exceptional training experience for residents with an approach not offered at most other Long Island and New York City Programs. The closed faculty system at Stony Brook means that ward teams (consisting of a junior resident, senior resident, assigned attending, medical students and rotators) are responsible for all inpatient admissions and round on all inpatients together. There are NO “private” admissions, which are can be of limited teaching value and add excessive “scut” work.
- We have a night float system.
- Our major affiliate is the Northport VA Medical Center, where the focus on neurologic care is mainly outpatient neurologic care, which balances the tertiary inpatient training experience at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The Northport VA offers a modern outpatient department, located on a beautiful campus setting (golf course and all!).
- At Stony Brook, we value resident feedback. Program Directors meet monthly with residents, where residents share comments and input. The Department hosts an Annual Resident-Faculty Retreat which further facilitates exchange of ideas, opinions and discussions regarding different aspects of the residency program. Faculty mentors provide 1:1 opportunity for feedback and support.
- The Neurology Residency Training Programs at Stony Brook have a strong academic focus and prepare residents fully for Board Certified careers in Neurology. Didactic teaching is well-balanced with clinical experience and teaching. Upon completion of residency training, our residents are well suited for fellowships in competitive programs or private practice opportunities.
- Reseach opportunities are abundant. Residents have elective time that can be spent in any research laboratory at the University (including within the Medical School but also across campus in various related Departments). In addition, many of our residents continue to stay involved in research projects while on other rotations. Our residents are encouraged to submit research for publications or presentation at local and national meetings, for which they can be provided a travel stipend.
- Stony Brook is a great place to live and work. A variety of recreational opportunities nearby include theater and entertainment at the Staller Center, University sporting events, gym facilities, pool, beaches and parks less than 10 minutes from the medical center, and ample dining and shopping venues. New York City is one hour away by car or train and the train station is 4 minutes from the medical center.
- We are particularly proud of the number of former residents who have gone into academic medicine. Roughly 70% of our graduates now hold full-time academic appointments.