Welcome to the Partners Neurology Training Program

Congratulations on choosing Neurology as your career path! It is a wonderful field that will offer you tremendous opportunity and fulfillment. Thank you for your interest in the Harvard BWH-MGH Partners residency program, which is deeply committed to training the future leaders of Neurology as expert clinicians, neuroscientists, clinical investigators, and medical educators. Please explore this website to learn about the history, current curriculum, organization, hospitals and resources of the Partners Neurology residency.

Twenty years ago, two of the premier teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General (MGH) and Brigham and Women's (BWH), merged to form Partners HealthCare. The Neurology Departments and Residency Programs were among the first clinical services to consolidate, bringing together two of the greatest neurology departments in the country and creating a residency that can offer unparalleled educational and research experiences.

Drs. Samuels, Cudkowicz, Cho, Prasad, Milligan and Cash
Top row: Drs. Samuels, Cudkowicz and Cho
Bottom row: Drs. Prasad, Milligan and Cash

The MGH and BWH faculty universally agree that teaching residents the art of clinical neurology is one of the most cherished aspects of our work. The clinical experiences are robust, encompassing inpatient and outpatient settings in which residents encounter both general neurology and every one of its subspecialties. Because we serve as major hospitals to the local community and also as quaternary-care referral centers, our diverse patient population is often treated for conditions ranging from the most common to the most rare.

In addition to providing the highest quality neurologic care, our departments have long been committed to advancing the understanding and treatment of diseases of the nervous system. The MGH and BWH Neurology departments, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) maintain major neuroscience research facilities with an exceptionally large faculty encompassing a broad range of academic interests. We are driven by the expectation that research will provide the keys to improving treatment and reducing disability for our patients. The structure of our three-year residency program creates an environment filled with opportunities for residents to collaborate with faculty to pursue neuroscience research in virtually any field they desire.

We believe that the ability to teach effectively can be incredibly important in a neurologist's career, and our program is devoted to developing these skills in our residents. In the course of preparing a didactic presentation, residents personally meet with our core teaching faculty to discuss successful teaching methods. In addition to delivering didactic lectures, residents also are encouraged to teach at the bedside, where they receive feedback directly from faculty. Many residents also flourish as teachers in the neuroanatomy and clinical neurology course at Harvard Medical School.

Our formal mentorship program helps guide residents in their pursuit of scholarly work to prepare them for careers in academic neurology. We have also recently developed a certificate program to give interested residents additional resources and mentoring in 4 areas: Basic Science, Translational and Clinical Investigation; Medical Education; Patient Safety, Quality Care, and Health Policy; and Global and Humanitarian Health. Most of our residents subsequently pursue clinical or research fellowships to further develop the interests they have nurtured during residency. The mentorship and certificate programs are specifically designed to help foster this development.

In addition to the wealth of opportunities available within our institutions, we strongly believe that residents with a healthy life outside the hospital make better physicians and colleagues. Our program encourages and fosters good health and mindfulness through formal and informal activities. The residency social committee plans weekly happy hour gatherings around Boston. Our residents spend their time outside of work enjoying endless opportunities, from the cultural and culinary offerings of our energetic city to the historical and natural attractions of New England.

The Harvard-BWH-MGH Neurology Residency Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. We accept 18 adult neurology residents per class and have approximately 54 residents in the 3-year program. This large size among neurology residencies is one of our program's greatest strengths, since talented residents with a variety of interests come together in a vibrant environment of shared stimulation and support. The residents play a major role in the governance of the program through their participation in various committees and through the Chief Residency program.

Without doubt, it is an extremely exciting time to be entering Neurology. The Harvard BWH-MGH Neurology Residency Program is fully dedicated to every aspect of the training experience for our residents. By pursuing excellence in clinical neurology, scientific research, patient safety, and medical education, we hope to continue to play a major role in developing Neurology's future together.

Sincerely yours,

Martin A. Samuels, M.D., BWH Department Chair
Martin A. Samuels, MD
BWH Department Chair

Merit E. Cudkowicz
Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, MSc
MGH Department Chair

Tracey A. Cho, M.D., Associate Program Director
Tracey A. Cho, MD
Program Director

Sashank Prasad
Sashank Prasad, MD
Associate Program Director
Tracey A. Milligan
Tracey A. Milligan, MD, MS
Residency Committee Chair
Sydney S. Cash
Sydney S. Cash, MD
Associate Program Director for Research