Scholarly activity is a core component of the neurology residency at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. All residents are exposed to research opportunities within the hospital’s various academic divisions, the Brain and Mind Research Institute, the Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Unit, Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Residents gain valuable experience in research, study design, data analysis, and publication, and are also routinely involved in identifying candidates for our numerous clinical trials.
All fourth-year residents are supported to attend the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual scientific meeting, and residents are encouraged to present their work at national and international conferences, including the AAN, International Stroke Conference, American Epilepsy Society, American Headache Society, and Movement Disorders Society, among others.
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With support from the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI), our neurology residency program offers one BMRI Research Fellow resident position every four years. This position enables a resident to establish a research project early in training and provides dedicated mentorship, support for materials, and protected time for research during the PGY-4 year. Participants are recruited into this program through the neurology residency match.
The McGraw Fellowship in Neurology Research is a one-year award given to a fourth-year neurology resident with great career potential to become an academic clinician. The award helps prepare the McGraw Fellow for a career in academic neurology to be cultivated at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian. The broad goal is to advance discovery of diagnostics and innovative treatments to improve outcomes for patients with neurological diseases. The McGraw Fellowship also supports one position in our neurology residency program to further our mission in clinical care, research, and education.
The McGraw Fellow is chosen based on high-quality, compassionate, and scholarly care for patients during the first three years of residency training as well as the initiative to develop a research interest or preliminary work in clinical, basic, educational, or epidemiological science that has potential to benefit patients with neurological disease and that can be completed during the fourth year of neurology residency training. The Fellow is selected by the Clinical Research Committee of the Department of Neurology after presentation of candidates’ clinical and scholarly portfolios by the residency program director. The McGraw Fellow is awarded protected research time during the PGY-4 residency year. The McGraw Fellow is identified as such in peer-reviewed literature publications.
Our annual Resident Research Symposium features resident posters and platform presentations on work in progress, or work that was previously accepted at various scientific meetings or published in the peer-reviewed literature. This well-attended event gives residents an opportunity to hone their presentation skills, and it serves at the venue for the announcement of the McGraw Fellow in Neurology Research. Dr. Mary Vo along with the research chief resident organizes this event.
Established in 2019, this new initiative led by Dr. Joseph Safdieh is an education track that culminates in an education research project. Residents interested in developing careers as neurology educators may apply for selection to this competitive track during their PGY-1 year. Formal teaching, curriculum development, and committee responsibilities are graded by PGY year, with participation in an education research project mentored by our core education faculty.