Travel to Philadelphia

We conduct interviews over two days. The first day consists of only a late-afternoon session beginning at 3:30 PM, followed by dinner.

If you are traveling from outside of Philadelphia, a hotel reservation will be made for you at the Sheraton University City hotel for the first night of your visit. If you require additional nights of stay, please contact the hotel (215-387-8000) to make these arrangements independently.

Arrange flights to the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Travel to campus by taxi or ride-sharing service is $20-30  Another option is SEPTA regional rail (via the Airport Line). Use the University City station stop, which is adjacent to the hospital and five blocks from the hotel.

Amtrak trains arrive at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. You can walk the six blocks to the hotel or take a taxi (approximately $10) or use a ride-sharing service (approximately $6).

If you wish to check in to the hotel prior to your afternoon interview, please arrange to arrive at the hotel between 2:00 and 2:30 PM.

The interview visit ends by 3:30 PM on the second day. We encourage you to leave time to explore Philadelphia after your interview.

The walk from the hotel to the hospital is a pleasant, 10 minute stroll across campus. A campus map is available. The main entrance to the hospital is located on 34th Street, close to the intersection of 34th and Spruce Streets. Upon you arrival at the main entrance, you will be met by a member of our program coordinator team to be brought to the neurology department on both your pre-interview and interview days.

The interview visit ends by 3:30 PM on the second day. We encourage you to leave time to explore Philadelphia after your interview

The Interview Day

Day 1

The first day is an informal information session. Casual dress is best.

During the session, you will meet our program coordinator, Vanna Hing, who will review your itinerary with you. There will be presentations by the Program Director, the Chair,  and from select faculty members. You will also learn about the preliminary internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) from an Associate Program Director from the Department of Medicine.

Following the information session, there will be a walking tour of HUP and the outpatient center, the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. You will leave from the session to dinner with some of the current residents.

Day 2

The second day includes attendance at teaching sessions, interviews, and a walking tour of HUP and the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (the outpatient center).

Arrive at the Department of Neurology conference room (3rd floor of the Gates Building) between 7:30  and 8:00 AM. A continental breakfast will be available. You will then join our residents for morning conference. Later, you will attend noon conference at which lunch will be provided.

During the day, you will meet with approximately five members of the residency selection committee. All applicants meet with the Program Director, Raymond Price.  If you have specific members of the faculty with whom you wish to meet, please let us know several weeks in advance so that we may make arrangements.

The day will end by 3:30 PM with a brief wrap-up discussion.

For further questions or requests about your interview day, please contact Vanna Hing:

Telephone: (215) 662-3370
pennneuroresidency@uphs.upenn.edu

Interviewers - Progam leadership

Raymond S. Price, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology, Program Director, Neurology Residency
Clinical Interests: General neurology, neuromuscular
Research Interests: Medical education
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Geoffrey K. Aguirre, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology, Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency
Clinical Interests: Cognitive neurology
Research Interests: Cortical basis of vision, functional MRI
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Danielle A. Becker, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency
Clinical Interests: Epilepsy, Global Health
Research interests: Epilepsy diagnosis, management, and education, and neurology global health programs based in Africa.
Faculty Profile



Frances E. Jensen, MD, FACP

Professor of Neurology, Chair
Clinical Interests: Epilepsy, stroke
Research Interests: Cognitive consequences of epileptogenesis, excitotoxic injury, synaptic mechanisms in autism, glutamate receptors and ion transporter dysfunction in epilepsy and stroke
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Laura Stein, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency
Clinical Interests: Vascular
Research Interests: Quality improvement, medical education
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Amy A. Pruitt, MD

Professor of Neurology, Neurology Clerkship Director, Director of General Neurology Division, Vice Chair of Education
Clinical Interests: General neurology, multiple sclerosis, neuro-infectious disease, neuro-oncology
Research Interests: Medical education
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Interviewers - Faculty panel

Rizwan Akhtar, MD
Amit Bar-Or, MD

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Contact Information

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
PennNeuroResidency@uphs.upenn.edu