The Neurology Residency Program at Cooper University Hospital is a four-year categorical program offering three resident positions for each year of training, which includes one year of preliminary internal medicine and 3 years of neurology training. The program reinforces clinical patient care and scholarly pursuits through our most valuable resource—our patients with diverse neurological disorders and backgrounds.
Our state-of-the-art hospital provides training facilities for numerous residency programs and medical fellowships. House officers have primary patient care responsibility, while faculty serve to supervise and teach. This philosophy motivates trainees to become self-sufficient and confident graduates when they move on. Our program was initially awarded five-year accreditation by the ACGME, attesting to the high quality educational content of our clinical and didactic curriculum.
This is a very exciting time for our department. We have continued to expand our educational opportunities with the addition of a neuro-critical care service and revamped didactic series. A testament to outstanding patient care, Cooper received recognition from The Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center. Our integration into a multidisciplinary, patient-centered Cooper Neurological Institute (CNI) facilitates a team approach to improving patients’ experience and outcomes, with plans to expand services and facilities even further.
What Makes Cooper a Great Place to Train
- All of our neurology inpatients are cared for by attending faculty neurologists. This ensures close supervision and interaction of attending physicians and house staff and excellent bedside teaching.
- Accessible, full-time faculty is dedicated to teaching and patient care.
- Emphasis on ambulatory care and the office practice of neurology. Our residents spend significant time in ambulatory settings, which prepares them for life after residency.
- An excellent, balanced mix of patients. Cooper is the only tertiary care hospital in southern New Jersey, hence receives a large number of tertiary referral patients.
- On-site biostatisticians and librarians to support research projects.
- Online access to thousands of journals and medical texts, available 24 hours a day.
- A well-equipped conference room.
- Digital radiology accessible from all hospital workstations as well as remotely.
- EPIC electronic medical record system.
- Web-based procedure logging, duty hours documentation and evaluation.
House officers on the stroke service cover the stroke unit and other patients with cerebrovascular disorders in various settings throughout the hospital. Rotations in neuro-critical care provide an intense learning environment in which residents gain experience caring for complex, critically-ill patients. These experiences are why our graduates feel competent and confident when they embark on their careers.
On the general neurology service, residents evaluate patients for non-vascular consultations as well as manage patients admitted to the neurology unit, including a four-bed epilepsy monitoring unit. Residents get significant exposure to outpatient neurology through designated monthly rotations in general neurology and subspecialty electives. This is supplemented by a continuity clinic in which residents acquire and follow their own, recurrent patients throughout the three years of their training.
Much of the PGY-2 year is spent taking care of patients on the neurology service and performing consultations in the inpatient setting. The remaining time as PGY-2 consists of rotations in general outpatient neurology and psychiatry.
Senior neurology residents have great flexibility rotating through a wide variety of subspecialty experiences including neuromuscular disease, movement disorders, epilepsy, and others. Senior residents also assume more responsibility directing and teaching junior residents and medical students.
Cooper’s position as the only tertiary referral center in South New Jersey provides residents exposure to patients with diverse and unusual problems that offer exceptional educational experiences in the various subspecialties. Our epilepsy, neuromuscular and movement disorder programs enable residents to participate in the care of patients with complex disorders, as well as large volumes of more ‘typical’ neurological conditions. Cooper’s deep brain stimulator and botulinum toxin programs, stroke program and epilepsy monitoring unit attract referrals from many local providers and hospitals.
Of course, the highlight of the program is the residents’ unique interaction with our teaching faculty. Our program’s size and structure permit much more personalized supervision and feedback beyond those of many other programs. Faculty covering teaching services are provided dedicated time to provide residents continuous guidance and instruction, demonstrating our commitment to the educational mission of our program.