Neuroscience Institute – Professional Education
The educational mission is a key part of Penn State Health Neuroscience Institute's daily activities.
Neuroscience Institute faculty are very active and take pride in educating medical students, residents and fellows throughout the year.
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Excellence in neuroscience education
We welcome students from LCME-accredited schools of medicine and osteopathic medicine for elective clerkship rotations. Our residency program provides outstanding post-graduate training in neurology and accepts four residents per year. We build our curriculum around active patient-care experiences as well as formal didactic sessions.
The Neuroscience Institute also sponsors continuing medical education seminars, as well as neuroscience seminars and neurology grand rounds. We invite all external health care providers to our Friday afternoon grand rounds, which feature both internal and nationally recognized speakers.
Neurology Residencies and Fellowships
The ACGME-accredited four-year Neurology Residency provides superb clinical training in an academic environment and provides the training needed to become a successful neurologist in academic medicine or private practice. A graduate from our program will meet eligibility requirements for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology board examination.
The ACGME-accredited one-year Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship involves the measurement and assessment of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and skeletal muscle for the purpose of diagnosing and treating neurological disorders. We train one to two fellows a year.
The ACGME-accredited one-year Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship provides specialized training in the science, clinical evaluation, or clinical management of disorders of the peripheral nervous system. This encompasses knowledge of the pathophysiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of these disorders at a level that is significantly beyond the training and knowledge expected of a general neurologist. One fellow per year is trained.
The ACGME-accredited one-year Vascular Neurology Fellowship focuses on advanced neurology with specific focus on stroke and cerebrovascular disease. The program generally trains two fellows per year.
The Penn State Neurosurgery Resident Training Program is under the direction of James McInerney, MD, FAANS, FACS, Program Director. This is a seven-year program accepting two residents per year. We are particularly proud of the collegial, collaborative and supportive environment that exists among the faculty, residents, nurses and staff of Penn State Neurosurgery.
The Penn State Neurosurgery Training Program offers CAST accredited fellowships in the following sub specialties. The fellowships are restricted to Penn State Neurosurgery residents.
- Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship - Kevin Cockroft, MD, MSc, FAANS, FACS, FAHA
- Peripheral Nerve Neurosurgery Fellowship - Kimberly Harbaugh, MD and Elias Rizk, MD, MSc
- Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship - James McInerney, MD, FAANS, FACS, FRCSC
- Spinal Neurosurgery Fellowship - G. Timothy Reiter, MD
- Neuro-Oncology and Skull Base Neurosurgery Fellowship - Brad Zacharia, MD, MS
- Neurocritical Care Fellowship - J. Christopher Zacko, MD, MS
Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits four residents per year.
The residency involves work at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as research in the 4,500-square-foot physical medicine and rehabilitation research laboratory.
Brain Injury Fellowship
The Brain Injury Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year (12-month) ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.
The fellowship is open to those who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology or Psychiatry.
Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship
The Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year (12-month) ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.
The fellowship is open to those who have completed an approved residency in a specialty relevant to spinal cord injury medicine, such as physical medicine and rehabilitation, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, neurological surgery, neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, plastic surgery, surgery or urology.
Neurosurgery electives are short rotations that provide a setting for medical students to learn needed fundamentals for a potential future in neurosurgery.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship
The physical medicine and rehabilitation clerkship is designed to provide the student with an extensive, in-depth exposure to physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Neurology Continuing Education
A variety of neurology continuing education programs are held throughout the year. When available, registration links will appear below.