Neurology Residency

Neurology | 48 Months | Class size: 4 Residents

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is a fully-accredited ACGME program.  During the two years of training, the fellow will gain the experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of Infectious Diseases in a variety of clinical settings. Implications of these diseases from the patient specific and population/public health standpoint will also be studied.  Further training includes developing expertise in the realms of hospital infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, microbiology and diagnostic techniques.

Neurology Residency Block Schedule

Vascular Neurology Fellowship Block Schedule

Program Director: Dr. Ariol Labrada

Neurology Program Coordinator:
Carol Siu
(305) 823-5000 Ext. 7758


  • Medical (includes prescription drug coverage)
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts
  • Supplemental Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D;) Insurance
  • Disability Benefits
  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Legal Plan
  • Identity Theft Protection
  • Child and Elder Care Program
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Auto & Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Student Loan Refinancing
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (enrollment is on a quarterly basis)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am interested in applying to the palmetto general hospital neurology program. How can I apply?
    We are currently accepting applications through ERAS as an ACGME initial-accredited program.
  2. Is the program ACGME accredited?
    The program has initial accreditation through the ACGME.
  3. Is there a certain score requirement for Step 1/2, Level 1/2?
    We do not have a certain cutoff for scores in regards to Board exams. We prefer applicants that have successfully passed their board exams on the first attempt, but do not exclude those that haven’t. Each applicant will be evaluated on an individual basis and all areas of the application will be taken into consideration.
  4. Are there any electives that I need to take prior to applying to the program?
    Applicants that have taken neurology electives or had neurology rotations during medical school may gain experience that will help them in their neurology residency. Previous neurology rotations are not required prior to PGY-1 year, but are encouraged.
  5. Do I apply to the internal medicine program for the PGY-1 year or the neurology program?
    You only need to submit one application for the Neurology program. This application serves for the four years of training.
  6. Is it required to do an audition rotation to be considered for the program?
    An audition rotation is not required but is encouraged for the applicants to get an idea of how they like working with the faculty, staff, and other residents in the program. We also get a chance to work with you!
  7. If I get selected for an interview what can I expect?
    Applicants selected for an interview will be notified in a timely manner. They will then be in contact with the program coordinator to schedule an interview day where there will be a tour of the hospital, and multiple one on one interviews.
  8. Who do I contact if I have any questions about the application process?
    You may contact the Program Coordinator, Carol Siu with any questions regarding the application process.

PGY-1 Year

  1. What is the schedule like for a PGY-1 neurology resident?
    The PGY-1 schedule is an intensive year that is focused on inpatient medicine as this is the foundation for neurology. The PGY-1 year will consist of 7 inpatient medicine blocks, 3 inpatient neurology blocks, and emergency medicine block, and an elective block. In addition, there is one half-day of neurology continuity clinic per week.
  2. Will I get exposure to neurology patients as a PGY-1 or is it mainly internal medicine?
    Residents will have exposure to neurology patients as a PGY-1 both in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
  3. Are there caps for PGY-1 neurology residents?
    Caps are strictly enforced and are per ACGME requirements.
  4. Do I attend didactics and lectures with PGY2-4 neurology residents?
    PGY-1 residents attend all lectures with internal medicine residents.
  5. Can PGY-1 residents attend neurology conferences?
    PGY-1 may be allowed to attend neurology conferences. This is on a case by case basis.
  6. Do PGY-1 residents attend an internal medicine based clinic or a neurology clinic?
    PGY-1 residents will have neurology clinic in lieu of internal medicine clinic.

Continuity Clinic

  1. Where is the clinic located?
    The clinic is outside of the hospital and located in Miami.
  2. Is the clinic run solely by the residents?
    Residents will see patients in the clinic and be overseen by the clinic attending.
  3. How many days of clinic are we expected to have per week?
    All ACGME accredited neurology programs are required to have one 1/2 day of continuity clinic per week.
  4. Will I be in the clinic with other residents?
    Due to the space limitations of the clinic, no more than one resident per day will be scheduled at a time.

Schedule/ Caps

  1. What are the schedules like for PGY2-4 residents?
    Each PGY2-4 year will be on a monthly block schedule, with 12 blocks per academic year. Residents will have ample opportunity for research, elective blocks, inpatient, and outpatient exposure. In addition to inpatient and outpatient neurology there are blocks for: pediatric neurology, neuro-imaging, EEG, clinical psychiatry, research, and neurosurgery. PGY 3 and PGY 4 residents will have more elective blocks so that they may fine tune their training for their specific interests and potential fellowship.
  2. What electives are available for residents to take?
    Residents may select from a list of clinical experiences on either the inpatient or outpatient setting. Elective options include: EEG, EMG, Psychiatry, Pediatric Neurology, Neuro-imaging, Neurosurgery, Neuro-opthalmology, Pain Management, Neuropathology, Neuromuscular, Infectious Disease, NICU, Neuro-genetics, Neuropsychology, Interventional Neurology, Sleep Disorders Clinic, Movement Clinic and Vascular Clinic.
  3. What is the call schedule like?
    Residents on inpatient rotations will be on call every 3-4 days of the block. Residents will not be on call on their continuity clinic days. On call days, residents will be expected to be at the hospital from 7a to 7p and will take all code strokes, new consults, and pages.
  4. Is there a night float?
    The program currently does not have a night float as there are not enough residents for this coverage. However, residents may be expected to have night call once there are enough residents to cover the service.
  5. Are residents provided with board preparation during their PGY2-4 years?
    Residents will have access to multiple educational and board prep materials throughout all of their years as a resident.
  6. Is there opportunity for residents to perform procedures during their residency?
    Yes, Residents will have opportunity to perform procedures such as central lines, lumbar punctures, arterial lines, nerve conduction studies, EMG, Botox for chronic migraine, steroid infiltration, and others throughout their residency in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
  7. Do residents have to keep logs or clock in?
    All PGH residents are provided with the New Innovations system for easy logging and tracking of their duty hours, procedures, scholarly activity, continuity clinic patients, conferences, and more.

Morning Report/ Didactics/ Scholarly Activity

  1. What are the morning report and didactic schedule like?
    PGY-1 residents will attend morning report and didactics with the internal medicine residents on a daily basis. PGY2-4 residents will have neurology focused morning reports and didactics on a daily basis while inpatient. During outpatient rotations, residents will have access to board preparation lectures and study materials to supplement their hands-on learning.
  2. Are there any grand rounds that are held for neurology residents?
    Yes. Residents participate in monthly grand rounds held through the advanced neuroscience network.
  3. Is there a Journal Club and a Morbidity and Mortality Conference?
  4. Is scholarly activity required?
    Yes. Residents are expected to participate in scholarly activity throughout their residency. This includes morning report lectures, didactic lectures, leading grand rounds, presenting at the PGH research symposium, presenting at local, regional, and national conferences, getting a case report, research, or article published, among others.
  5. I saw that PGH is a comprehensive stroke center. What does that mean?
    This certification is appointed by the joint commission and is based on criteria regarding timing, staff, resources, and training to receive and treat complex stroke cases. More information can be found here:
  6. Will residents be responsible for teaching medical students?
    Yes. Education is a major part of residency and this includes residents as teachers.