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Neuroscience Institute – Professional Education

Neuroscience Institute – Professional Education

The educational mission is a key part of the Penn State Neuroscience Institute daily activities.

The 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.

Neuroscience Institute also sponsors continuing medical education seminars, as well as neuroscience seminars and neurology grand rounds. We invite all external healthcare providers to our Friday afternoon grand rounds, which feature both internal and nationally recognized speakers.

Neurology Residencies and Fellowships

Find more information about all of our residency and fellowship programs.

Neurology Residency

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Neurosurgery Residency

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

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Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

The Penn State Health Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program offers many opportunities for growth and experience in the medical field.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center (PSHMC) is the only medical facility in Pennsylvania to be accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level 1 trauma center, with 551 licensed beds and 63 associated specialty practices located at 24 clinics in eight central Pennsylvania counties.

Our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department was established in 2010 with the opening of the 54-bed Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital (PSHRH), a joint venture between Select Medical and the Penn State Hershey Medical Group.  

This unique venture between a premier academic medical center and a for-profit rehabilitation organization was so successful that PSHRH was expanded in 2014 to include an additional 44 beds (22 of them dedicated to Transitional Care), a Wound Care Center and an Outpatient Day Program. PSHRH is both Joint Commission and CARF accredited.

For those interested in research, the 4,500-square-foot Penn State PM&R Research Laboratories include Exercise, Body Composition, Locomotor Training and Gait Laboratories at the Hershey Center for Applied Research (HCAR), and complement the Penn State Center for Translational Science Institute (CTSI), one of only 64 National Institutes of Health-funded infrastructures that promotes and supports clinical/translational research on both the medical as well as State College campuses. 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

Neuroscience Clerkship

The neuroscience clerkship is a four-week rotation designed to provide the student with an extensive, in-depth exposure to neuroscience.

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Neurosurgery Electives

Neurosurgery electives are short rotations that provide a setting for medical students to learn needed fundamentals for a potential future in neurosurgery.

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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.

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Neurology Continuing Education

A variety of neurology continuing education programs are held throughout the year. When available, registration links will appear below.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Continuing Education

A variety of physical medicine continuing education programs are held throughout the year. When available, registration links will appear below.

Neurology Grand Rounds

Neurology Grand Rounds are held 1 to 2 p.m. most Fridays.

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