Career Development

We prepare our residents for life after residency. In addition to outstanding clinical training, we address the unique challenges of our profession, such as work-life balance, networking and negotiation, and the business of medicine.

Firms and Tracks Individualize the Residency Experience

Residents have the opportunity to develop their specific career interests during training. This is supported by a program of focused educational opportunities (“tracks”) on topics such as: research, global health/healthcare disparities, medical education, and patient safety and quality improvement. Each track combines classroom-based didactic or discussion sessions, interactions with Penn faculty who have built their careers in these areas, and dedicated elective time to apply these skills. Additionally, residents interested in either medical education or research may join a corresponding “Firm” that meets monthly to discuss relevant topics with faculty experts.

Global health / health equity

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has created an interdisciplinary track for physicians from all specialties committed to physician advocacy and service. This group works with community and global partners to improve health care and medical education. Selected residents spend elective time working with underserved communities in Philadelphia. Sites of care include Puentes de Salud, which serves Philadelphia's growing Latino immigrant population, and Community Volunteers in Medicine, which provides free, coordinated health-care to low-income individuals and families. Residents can also make one or two medical trips to an African nation (currently, Tanzania or Botswana). All residents interested in Global health / health equity have the opportunity to attend monthly lectures focused on working in resource-limited settings.
To summarize such an experience is impossible as it involves speaking of heartbreaking tragedy and infinite joy in a single breath. The connections that I made and the lessons I learned will stay with me throughout my career.

- Current Penn Resident

See Dr. Rubenstein's Tanzania blog

Medical Education

The University of Pennsylvania Neurology Residency has created a formal curriculum to train the next generation of neurology educators. Participating residents have an opportunity to teach neurology to University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine preclinical students in the classroom and neuroanatomy lab, and clerkship students at the bedside. All residents interested in medical education have the opportunity to attend monthly interdisciplinary discussions focused on advances in medical education.

Patient safety and quality improvement

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has created an interdisciplinary track for physicians from all specialties committed to leading institutional quality improvement efforts and advocating for enhanced patient safety. Selected residents become members of a neurology unit-based clinical leadership team and complete a quality improvement project during their residency. All participating residents attend lectures focused on innovation in health care and quality improvement research.


Residents dedicated to a research career can apply to join the Research Track to receive additional elective time during residency. Selected residents receive 12 months of elective time during their PGY-3 and 4 years and spend a minimum of 6 consecutive elective months completing their research project during the PGY-4 year. Research Track residents are encouraged to submit their proposals for support through an R25 grant held by the Department of Neurology. R25 recipients can apply for 80% funding for 1-2 years of research fellowship at any institution that has received an R25 grant. Multiple T32 grants within the Department of Neurology are also available to support research fellowship opportunities for residency graduates. All residents interested in research have the opportunity to attend twice monthly lectures focused on research career development.

Personalized Mentorship

Every neurology resident at the University of Pennsylvania has multiple faculty mentors available to them. Each resident is assigned a faculty advisor based on individual career interests. Each resident selects their own faculty mentor for their residency scholarly pursuit. Residents in either the research or education firm meet with firm mentors on a monthly basis. Finally, each resident meets with the program director or associate program director every 6 months to discuss progression through the residency and career interests.

Yearly schedules


Our residency is "front-loaded". The PGY-2 residents provide most of the direct inpatient care and in-house nighttime coverage of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Presbyterian Medical Center. The services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are covered with an overnight call system while the services at Pennsylvania Hospital and Presbyterian Medical Center are covered with a nightfloat system. Overnight, the PGY-2 residents discuss all cases with a PGY-3 or PGY-4 resident on home call. This system prepares PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents for the home-call responsibilities they will have as an attending neurologist. Multiple subspecialty attending neurologists—including critical care, neurovascular, and epilepsy—are on-call each night to discuss complicated cases. This system maximizes resident autonomy while balancing patient care, resident education, and resident lifestyle. All PGY-2 residents have at least 4 weeks of elective that is customized to the interests of the trainee, as well as 8-10 weeks of subspecialty outpatient experiences so that our residents have the early exposure to all areas of neurology necessary to make well-informed Fellowship decisions.

PGY-3 and PGY-4

During the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years, residents divide their time evenly between inpatient and outpatient/elective opportunities. Their role on the inpatient adult neurology services is to oversee patient care provided by the PGY-2 residents and teach neurology to the PGY-2 residents and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine neurology clerkship students. PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents have complete autonomy to pursue elective opportunities in any subspecialty of neurology, choosing to provide neurologic care in Tanzania under the supervision of our faculty, perform research, or serve as a teaching assistant in the preclinical neurology course at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. 


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Department of Neurology
3 Gates, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Frances E. Jensen, MD, FACP
Chair of Neurology

Raymond S. Price, MD
Program Director

Vanna Hing, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: (215) 662-3370