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Letter from the Program Director

Welcome to the University of Iowa Neurology Residency Program

The Neurology Residency Program at the University of Iowa is a four-year (categorical) ACGME-accredited program that is dedicated to providing its residents with the Program director photoknowledge, skills, and habits that will lead to life-long learning and self-improvement, with the goal of attaining expertise in the clinical practice of neurology. 

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) has consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals and employers and is the largest tertiary care referral center in the state and surrounding area. This allows access to a diverse patient population, fascinating pathology, and training with leading experts in neurology and neurological subspecialties. Residents also rotate at the Iowa City VA hospital, located right across the street from UIHC. The two sites provide trainees with the ideal mix of general neurology and complex referrals. Additionally, we offer a community elective, which gives residents training experience outside an academic center. 

Our residents have diverse career goals, and we pride ourselves on creating the optimal training experience for each of our residents, whether they wish to work in an academic center or a community practice. Check out our specialized tracks for clinician educators (CNE-TP) and clinician scientists (CNS-TP). Our curriculum focuses on broad exposure to neurologic diagnoses and management. With the addition of new faculty members, our curriculum embraces these new educational opportunities. Introduction to a wide range of neurology subspecialties during PGY2 allows residents ample time to explore potential fellowships. 

Iowa City welcome signA delightful college town hosting a multitude of cultural events, Iowa City is not only a UNESCO City of Literature, but it is also a ‘city of festivals’ including music, arts, and film. Housing is affordable with limited commute times, making it one of the most livable cities in America. In short, Iowa City has something for everyone

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes and challenges for health care providers. At UIHC, effective institutional and departmental leadership has provided guidance and reassurance with frequent and informative updates and swift implementation of safety protocols. Our chair, Dr. George Richerson, has been instrumental in securing PPE for all of our residents and fellows, as well as in ensuring we have adequate space to distance our workstations. Our noon didactic conferences have been converted to virtual learning sessions and all residents are trained in phone and video televisits. Most importantly, our program’s strong sense of community and caring endures as we continue to support and take care of one another. We stand together! 

--Andrea Swenson, MDNeurology Residents We Stand TogetherWe Stand Together UIHC Logo