Global Health Opportunities at Weill Cornell
The Department of Neurology at Weill Cornell offers a number of global health opportunities for its residents by supporting travel to several sites in Asia and Africa. Weill Cornell has a long-standing collaboration with Weill Bugando Hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania, where residents manage neurological illnesses not commonly encountered in the United States. Typically, residents travel to Tanzania during their PGY-4 year. During the PGY-3 through PGY-4 years, residents can also rotate at Zhejiang University in China, where they learn about the current state of neurological care in China. In recent years, residents have also traveled to the Department of Neurology at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and to clinical sites in Germany.
Exclusive Training Partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Weill Cornell Neurology is the only neurology residency program in New York City with a long-standing and intimate relationship with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Our residents benefit from the complexity of neurological cases at MSK, dedicated mentorship, and abundant research opportunities. As residents, we are able to contribute to dozens of clinical trials and work on both translational and basic science research projects. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of our time at MSKCC is the daily opportunity to discuss cases with the Department Chair, Lisa DeAngelis in morning report. Dr. DeAngelis also routinely hosts housestaff breakfasts to discuss the emotional and psychological aspects of oncological care in addition to resident wellness. A number of recent graduates of our program have gone on to become fellows and attendings at MSKCC.
New Stroke Ambulance
New York City’s first mobile stroke unit will be operational in the fall of 2016 at NYP/Weill Cornell. The CT-equipped ambulance will allow faster delivery of intravenous tPA for acute ischemic strokes, and residents will have the opportunity to participate in the care of these patients.
Exceptional Research Opportunities
Residents in our program are actively involved in research. We work with faculty in the Brain and Mind Research Institute and our own Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Research Center on various clinical projects. In terms of basic science, residents work with faculty at Weill Cornell, Rockefeller University, and MSKCC. The annual resident research symposium is well attended, with residents presenting on work they previously presented at various national meetings. As an example, in 2016, one-third of the residents submitted abstracts to International Stroke Conference! Last, we also help identify trial candidates for numerous clinical trials, which adds an exciting research aspect to our clinical duties.
Unique Morning Report
Morning report at Weill Cornell takes place each morning, where consult residents present interesting neurological cases from the prior day and night. Uniquely, several Neurology faculty, including Dr. Fink (the Chair), attend morning report each day to discuss cases, lending expert advice and mentorship to the consult team.
Big Lights, Big City!
We have one of the greatest cities of the world on our doorstep, with Broadway shows, Central Park, world-class museums and shops, and some of the greatest sports teams in the country all within reach. The Upper East Side is bustling, with a Riverwalk promenade, a new subway line, and dozens of new restaurants and bars that all opened in the last few years.
A Residency Program Family
Though our residents come from diverse backgrounds, we form a cohesive family, supporting each other and forging lifelong friendships over the course of residency. We enjoy working with each other in the hospital as much as we enjoy spending time exploring the city and all that the surrounding areas have to offer. A number of residents have started their own families as residents as well!