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Greetings From the Program Director...

The residency program of the Department of Neurology of the University of Maryland provides a superb, ACGME approved, educational experience for our neurology trainees. We have more than 50 faculty with expertise in multiple neurology subspecialties, who are devoted teachers, clinicians, and researchers. Together with colleagues in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, psychiatry, and many other disciplines, they represent a wide breadth of expertise available to the neurology resident.

The University of Maryland Medical Center is a large tertiary care center, with a broad network of referring community hospitals throughout the region. As a consequence, on the inpatient services neurology residents have exposure to common neurology diagnoses, as well as patients with more complex or rare conditions who are transferred for a higher level of care. Among the many services offered are an active Neuroscience ICU, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and state of the art Neuroradiology suites for interventional management of acute stroke.

Similarly, in the outpatient center, patients come for treatment of a broad range of disorders, including many patients referred from community neurologists to our specialists for second opinions. Our residents also receive training at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, which is connected to the University hospital by a foot bridge. Residents also rotate at the Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedics institute, a specialized rehabilitation center with dedicated stroke, spinal cord and neurotrauma units. With all of these resources available, our neurology residents receive a broad inpatient and outpatient clinical neurology experience.

There are many educational opportunities, including grand rounds, Chairman's rounds, case conferences, morning report, specialty conferences, and a curriculum of mid-day didactic sessions throughout the year (with lunch provided). Faculty are involved in a wide array of research activities, from basic science laboratory programs to clinical trials. There are abundant opportunities for residents to pursue research questions, either of their own design or in conjunction with ongoing projects.

Our program is designed to provide increasing responsibility and independence as trainees become more experienced, while always maintaining support from more senior residents, fellows, and attending physicians. By the end of the residency, our trainees are well prepared to succeed in any of the many career options available to neurologists today. Our residents have been very successful in going on to fellowships and careers in many different fields.

We are constantly examining our program; working with the residents to make adjustments to provide the best possible training. We invite you to learn more about our Department and visit us so that you can experience first-hand the opportunities that our residency program provides. For more information, please contact Ms. Jillian Iffland, M.Ed., Director, Education Office at 410-328-5841 or by email at

Carolyn A. Cronin, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Neurology Residency Program Director

From the Chief Residents:

Welcome to the University of Maryland Neurology Residency Training Program. Our residency provides exceptional clinical training within the broad spectrum of neurology in a wide variety of clinical settings. During our residency we are involved in the care of patients at many sites of the University of Maryland Medical System, including the inpatient sites of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute, The Shock Trauma Center (STC), as well as the outpatient centers of the University of Maryland Neurology Care Center, and the inpatient and outpatient care in the Baltimore VA Medical Center. With the exception of a short drive to get to UM Rehab, all of the other sites are within the same campus.

UMMC serves as our "home base" where we perform the majority of our inpatient rotations. It is the home to our "Brain Attack Team" which responds to acute strokes within our hospital system, and it serves as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, performing a high volume of thrombectomy cases. UMMC also houses our Neuro-Critical Care Unit, a leader in acute neurologic care that is highly integrated with our inpatient neurology services. The STC is the nation's only integrated trauma hospital with the largest volume of trauma patients seen per year, with a dedicated neurotrauma and spinal cord unit. UM Rehab is the largest comprehensive rehabilitation care center in the state of Maryland and an integral part of continued care for our neurologic patients as well as other patients with acute rehab needs. Clinical rotations through these different areas, as well as subspecialty outpatient exposure, provides for a comprehensive neurology residency experience.

Graduates from the University of Maryland have a reputation for being expert neurologists. This is all possible due to our strong faculty who are highly invested in resident education. Not only are they motivated to push residents in the direction of being astute clinicians, but they are invested in basic science and clinical research, providing ample opportunities for resident scholarly activities. To help facilitate our development as neurologists, everyone is paired with a faculty advisor who helps the resident identify and plan career goals. Each year, residents have an opportunity to share their scholarly projects with the department at the annual poster session and resident/fellow research symposium, as well as at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting and other national neurology meetings.

Residency leadership starts with Dr. Carolyn Cronin, our dedicated program director who is constantly working to improve the educational and clinical experience for us. With the support of our dedicative and energetic Chairman, Dr. Peter Crino, the program has continued to evolve and expand, ensuring that we are maximizing our residency experience.

Our residents come from a variety of backgrounds and have equally varying interests and professional goals. Historically, the majority of residents pursue additional sub-specialty fellowship training after residency. We have robust sub-specialty divisions and associated fellowship opportunities. These include Vascular neurology, Neurophysiology (both EEG/Epilepsy and EMG tracks), Movement Disorders, Neuro Critical Care, and Neuroimmunology/MS. We have added are adding a Neuro-Oncologist this year and there are plans to add are recruiting to expand the Cognitive Neurology programist as well. The expert faculty provide strong education and mentorship. For these reasons many residents choose to continue their training here at the University of Maryland, while others have gone to top fellowship programs throughout the country.

Baltimore is a vibrant city with excellent restaurants, local microbreweries, cocktail bars, eclectic museums, and exciting sporting venues to enjoy. Its location within a geographically diverse state, along with proximity to both Washington, DC and Philadelphia, offers many additional activities. A short drive takes you to scenic landscapes on the Eastern Shore and western Maryland, great hiking in the Appalachian Mountains, and easy access to the beaches of Ocean City, Bethany Beach, and Dewey Beach (just to name a few!). The city and surrounding suburbs have many beautiful neighborhoods to meet the needs of our residents, while the Baltimore-Washington, DC metropolitan area provides excellent access to many job opportunities for graduating residents and/or their significant others.

We hope that this has given you a glimpse into life at the University of Maryland Neurology Residency program. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us at

Pamela O'Dea, MD
Garland Tang, MD