Neurology Residency


Amar B. Bhatt, M.D.

Neurology Residency Program Director.

Welcome to the Rush University Medical Center Neurology Residency.  We’re excited to be your mentors, guides, and advocates as you navigate the start of your career as a neurologist.  Our mission is to train clinically excellent neurologists, dedicated to leadership of their communities through lifelong education and outstanding patient care.  We strive to balance this with opportunties for academic pursuits as well as a culture of well-being.

Residents build skills in clinical inpatient and outpatient neurology while being supervised by more than 55 full-time faculty clinical neurologists (and a total of more than 70 faculty) at Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.   The Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush consists of 12 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, neuro-infectious disease, neuromuscular disease, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-oncology, pediatric neurology, and the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

We are pleased to announce that ACGME has approved our conversion to a four-year categorical residency program, effective for recruitment in fall 2019, for residents starting their PGY-1 year with us in July 2020 (program number 1147180C0).  This will support a more integrated family of residents and faculty, a closer relationship with our excellent internal medicine colleagues, and earlier exposure to neurology for clinical experience, career development, and mentorship. 

Residency highlights include the following:

  • Inpatient neurology rotations (including general neurology, stroke, neurocritical care, and subspecialty neurology) in the state-of-the-art inpatient Tower at Rush
  • Several inpatient neurology rotations at Stroger Hospital of Cook County, including exposure to the weekly clinics
  • Pediatric neurology and Psychiatry rotations at Rush
  • A well-organized and well-run weekly resident general neurology continuity clinic at Rush
  • Participation in daily noontime case conferences and lectures
  • Exposure to a variety of subspecialities in neurology during all 4 years of training

The residency will also help you build a sound foundation in research methodology through participation in research projects.

We are committed to helping you develop any and all career paths while having fun during training, whether you’re looking for a subspecialty fellowship, developing research interests, planning a career as a teacher and educator, or becoming a well-rounded general neurologist.

Amar B. Bhatt, MD

Neurology Residency Program Director

Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences

Epilepsy and General Neurology Sections


Ryan Jacobson, MD

Neurology Residency Assistant Program Director

Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences

Neuromuscular Section