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Neurology Residency Program

Program director:  Sandeep Rana, MD
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length:  3 years (PGY2-PGY4)
Residents per year:  4 starting in July 2013
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About the Program

Our Neurology Residency Program places a strong emphasis on traditional bedside teaching and the use of sophisticated technology in all aspects of the neurosciences, including basic neurosciences research.   

Our neurology faculty is dedicated to the care of neurologically ill patients, as well as education and research into uncommon neurological disorders.  The house staff experience personal daily supervision by senior attending physicians who emphasize and demonstrate the qualities needed for excellent inpatient care, professionalism, medical acumen, diagnostic test interpretation, and interpersonal and communication skills.  The approach to practical and system-based learning is shared throughout many levels during residency training.  In addition, a strong emphasis in placed on maintaining close interactions with other disciplines.



Teaching Rounds

Neurology Residency Program


Clinical Facilities and Resident Responsibilities

Faculty and residents in our Neurology Residency Program see approximately 700 inpatients and 1500 outpatients at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) annually. 

The designated neuroscience floor at AGH has 36 beds dedicated to the care of neurologic and neurosurgical patients, with three rooms designed for extended-stay video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring. 

The faculty and house staff also monitor eight maximum-observation beds for trauma/intensive care neurology/neurosurgery patients and 23 beds in the Surgical or Neurointensive Care units.

The department diagnostic laboratory capabilities include the EEG/Evoked Potential (EP) Laboratory and Electromyography (EMG)/Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Laboratory, in addition to continuous video-EEG monitoring.

Neurology residents care for patients in the General Neurology Clinic and in subspecialty clinics such as the Cerebrovascular/Stroke, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular (including Botulinum Toxin), Neuro-Oncology, Spasticity, and Movement Disorders clinics.



The Neurology Residency Program's conference schedule includes the following:

  • Combined Neurology/Neurosurgery/Pathology conference - weekly
  • EEG, EMG, epilepsy/stroke case presentations - weekly
  • Neuroscience Grand Rounds - weekly
  • Neuropathology Conference - weekly
  • Neuroradiology Conference - weekly
  • Journal Club - monthly
  • Stroke Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference - quarterly



The rounding and clinic schedule includes the following:

  • Morning Rounds - daily
  • Outpatient Continuity Clinic - 3 days/week
  • Stroke Team Rounds - daily
  • General Inpatient Rounds - daily


2013-14 Neurology Residents Weekly Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6:45-7 a.m. Sign-out
Morning rounds
Morning rounds
Morning rounds
Morning rounds
Morning rounds
7:30-8:30 a.m. Morning Report 1st,3rd,4th = Morning Report

2nd Tuesday = Neuropathology or Neuro-Critical Care lecture

Sept-May = Neuroscience Grand Rounds

July-August =
Emergency Room Lecture

Nov-March = Morning Report (S. Rana)

April-Oct =
Cases & Neuroanatomy (J. Brillman)

Epilepsy or Stroke conference (alt.weeks)

Journal Club monthly

M&M quarterly

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.   8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Outpatient Continuity Clinic (J. Brillman)
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Basic Science Lecture

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Senior Outpatient Continuity Clinic (J. Brillman, S. Rana)

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Outpatient Continuity Clinic (K.M. Kelly)
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Student Rotator Lecture (residents on elective)
12-1 p.m. EEG lecture (K.M. Kelly) Resident/Fellow Board Review Student Rotator Lecture (residents on elective) EMG Lecture (G.A. Small and Neurophysiology fellows) Specialty Lecture (topics TBA)
1-4 p.m. Inpatient rounds Inpatient rounds Inpatient rounds Inpatient rounds Inpatient rounds



Clinical Rotations*


PGY 2 10 months Adult Inpatient/Adult Neurology Consults
2 months Electives*
PGY 3 3 months Outpatient Office/Specialty Clinics
4 months Electives*
2 months Adult Inpatient/Adult Neurology Consults
1 month Psychiatry
1 month Neurorehabilitation (at HealthSouth Harmarville)
1 month Pediatric Neurology (at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC)
PGY 4 6 months Senior resident - Inpatient Service
4 months Electives*
2 months Pediatric Neurology (at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC)

*Electives are available in basic research, behavioral neurology, EEG, EMG, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-otology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, outpatient and subspecialty clinics.



The Neurology Residency Program provides a clinical neuroscience research track through all 3 years of the program (PGY-2 through PGY-4).  The ongoing lecture series, taught by expert faculty, covers topics ranging from research design to basic statistics, and includes preparation of manuscripts for editorial review.  Individual faculty mentorship is supported throughout training on project design, development and presentation. 



Our Neurology faculty includes 13 physicians and a neuropsychologist and is supported by certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) with specialty training in neurology.




Successful applicants must complete a preliminary 8 to 12 months of broad clinical experience in internal medicine, with primary responsibility in patient care, prior to consideration for our Neurology Residency Program.

You must apply to our residency program through ERAS.

Interviews are by appointment only.


Contact Us

Michele Cardamone, Program Coordinator

Mailing address:
   Allegheny General Hospital
   Neurology Residency Program
   320 East North Avenue
   Pittsburgh, PA  15212

Telephone: 412.359.6527


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