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About Rush University

Department Overview
About The Program
Preliminary Year
Neurology at Stroger Hospital of Cook County
Neurology Faculty and Residents


Department Overview

The Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, consists of eight sections and centers devoted to the clinical care and investigation of neurologic disorders: general neurology, cerebrovascular disease, neurological critical care, epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disease/EMG, and the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center. In addition, residents rotate with Rush faculty members on the neurology service at Cook County Hospital, and with pediatric neurology faculty in the Section of Pediatric Neurology at Rush. There are more than 50 full-time clinical neurologists in the department, all of whom are all actively involved in resident education.

About The Program

In keeping with its strong commitment to patient care and research, the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center offers a advanced three-year neurology residency program fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Each year, the program accepts up to eight residents, who will train at Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County to carry on the Rush tradition of excellence in patient care.

Our goals are to:

  • Provide excellent clinical training in inpatient and outpatient neurology, including subspecialty and resident continuity care clinics
  • Establish a sound foundation in basic science through a formal teaching program
  • Develop residents' understanding of the research method through participation in research projects
To learn more about the program, on-call responsibilities, outpatient care, conferences, and the curriculum for the neurology residents, click here.

Preliminary Year

The Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center has a dual arrangement for those applicants interested in completing their preliminary Internal Medicine year here as well. Applicants who optionally wish to pursue this, will be guaranteed a PGY1 slot with the Department of Internal Medicine as long as the following steps are taken:

  1. Interested applicants must submit a separate application for the Internal Medicine year as well as undergo a separate interview with the Internal Medicine Department
  2. Applicants who match with Rush Neurology who wish to do their internal medicine year at Rush must have placed the Rush Internal Medicine preliminary year (PGY-1) on their supplemental rank list

We will do our best to coordinate the neurology and internal medicine interviews in enough proximity to avoid separate trips for each applicant. Interviews will be conducted from November to early January.

Neurology at Stroger Hospital of Cook County

Stroger Hospital of Cook County is a public health care facility adjacent to Rush. Through an academic affiliation between Rush and Stroger Hospital, Rush residents have the opportunity to see patients at both institutions. Stroger Hospital serves a diverse population, affording residents opportunities to treat a wide range of neurological problems. Weekly case conferences, lectures and neuropathology conferences add to the academic experience.

Residents have several rotations at Stroger Hospital of Cook County throughout the 3 year program. The traditional academic hospital environment allows the resident to assume responsibility for the care of patients under the guidance of the attending staff. In this setting, clinical skills in history and physical examination are emphasized in the daily care of patients who have neurological diseases. A team of one senior and one junior neurology resident, senior medicine residents and medical students, handle inpatient consults and also staff the busy outpatient clinics. The number of consults and admissions evaluated by the team totals about 100 each month.

While rotating at Stroger Hospital, residents participate in 2-3 half day neurology clinics per week. Neurology attendings from Stroger Hospital and Rush staff the patients seen by residents. The neurology clinics take place in the state-of-the-art ambulatory space of the new hospital.


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