The UT Southwestern neurology residency program can match one resident a year to a research track designed to prepare the neurology resident for a career in academic neurology as a clinician-scientist. Applicants interested in the research track should apply through ERAS for both the research track and the regular categorical neurology program at UT Southwestern.
During recruitment, candidates for the research track will interview for the regular neurology program and also receive additional information and interviews with research faculty. Qualified residents in the categorical neurology program can also apply during their PGY-2 year to enter the research track.
The research track is funded by an R25 research education grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to support training for clinician scientists, and is led by Dr. Marc Diamond, Director of the Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases.
The research track schedule includes six months of dedicated research time during the PGY-4 year of residency, and the resident is expected to complete a year of post-residency research either in addition to, or in combination, with a subspecialty clinical fellowship.
In addition to research time, the program provides mentorship, workshops on manuscript and grant-writing, and training in research methodology. Research-track residents are expected to produce and submit an initial K grant application.