The hospital is located at East 68th street and York Avenue in New York City. Founded in 1771, New York Hospital was the first voluntary general hospital in New York City and the second in the American colonies. It became affiliated with Cornell University Medical College in 1898. Following construction of a new 766-bed, 850,000-square-foot, 11-story facility over the FDR Drive and overlooking the East River, the new rotation site opened its doors in July 1997.
In January 1998, New York Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital merged to form a single institution, named the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). Residency programs at each hospital have remained separate entities, although residents rotate at both institutions and have the opportunity to do electives at either site.
Located across York Avenue from NYPH and Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) provides a unique experience in neuro-oncology. The neuro-oncology service at MSKCC is world-renowned in both clinical care and research in the field. Residents meet daily with faculty for Morning Report, during which all consult and floor patients are discussed, providing an enriching educational experience. The Division of Pain and Palliative Care has set the international standard for symptom management in cancer patients. Both institutions have functional MRI (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) programs, offering residents experience with the most advanced equipment available for functional brain imaging.
Resident training centers on three inpatient units and a Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. MSKCC has a neuro-oncology floor service focused on primary neurological malignancies and neurological complications of cancer, such as metastases, seizures, and paraneoplastic disorders. NYPH has one resident service, which combines a 21-bed step-down unit that focuses on vascular neurology, and a general neurology floor, which houses patients with epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, dementia, and a host of other neurological conditions. NYPH also has a state-of-the-art 14 bed Neurological Intensive Care Unit that takes care of patients with life-threatening neurological and neurosurgical conditions. In addition, NYPH has a Neurointerventional Radiology Suite, where endovascular procedures are performed for various disease processes, including acute stroke care.
Neurology residents provide direct care to neurology inpatients and perform consultations on the medical, surgical, burn, neurosurgical, obstetric, and pediatric services. Experience in the management of patients requiring an intensive care setting is gained not only on the special care units, but also as consultants to the medical, surgical, cardiac, cardiothoracic, pediatric, and burn ICUs.
Clinical rotations are performed in each of these rotation sites during the four-year program. Residents are supervised by attending neurologists, many of whom are internationally renowned specialists. Throughout their training, residents can elect to participate in clinical or laboratory research at any of these institutions or at The Rockefeller University, located across the street.