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Adult Neurology Residency Training


The adult neurology residency training program is a 3-year curriculum that transforms physicians with one year of general medical training into fully competent, autonomous general neurologists. This program consists of closely supervised, comprehensive education in the understanding and management of neurological disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

The Child Neurology Residency Program is a 5-year program that offers physicians comprehensive education in general pediatrics, and both adult and pediatric neurological disorders.


Our primary goal is to train outstanding clinical neurologists

This 3-year adult neurology residency program provides each resident with increasing levels of responsibility for management of a wide variety of acute and chronic neurological conditions. With the nation's top research program and one of the leading graduate programs, the UCSD Department of Neurosciences provides a rich environment for clinical, academic and scientific opportunities.

Our secondary goal is to allow each resident to pursue individual career paths within neurology

An average of 8 months of elective time and a wide array of clinical and research opportunities allow each resident to structure the training to suit their personal goals. Because of the medium size of the residency program and the large size of the faculty, residents receive individualized attention from the faculty and program leadership to help them reach their career goals.


Research & Fellowship Opportunities

We encourage active research during residency training

The department encourages active research during residency training and makes several opportunities available. Once they complete the program, residents are fully prepared for careers in academic neurology, neuroscience research, or to enter private clinical practice.

In addition, the Resident Scientist track allows an individual resident up to six months of devoted research time in their senior year for advanced preparation toward a career in either laboratory or clinical research. This track offers specific associated opportunities that extend beyond residency.

We offer clinical fellowship opportunities for physicians

Protected time within the program allows physicians to explore clinical and basic science research interests — fellowships in neurological subspecialties (1–2 year duration) are available to physicians already experienced in general neurology.

  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory Disorders
  • Neuro-AIDS
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pediatric neurology
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neuroimmunology

See clinical fellowship programs



The Department of Neurosciences includes 66 faculty who hold primary appointments in Neurosciences, 22 research and project scientists, and 26 faculty who hold adjunct and joint appointments. In addition, 61 individuals outside the university participate in our clinical teaching programs.

We are very proud of our program, its residents and graduates.