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Our primary goal is to train outstanding clinical neurologists. The 3-year adult neurology residency program provides each resident with increasing levels of responsibility for management of a wide variety of acute and chronic neurological conditions.

With the nation's top research program and one of the leading graduate programs, the UCSD Department of Neurosciences provides a rich environment for clinical, academic and scientific opportunities.

The secondary goal of the residency program is to allow each resident to pursue individual career paths within neurology. An average of 8 months of elective time and a wide array of clinical and research opportunities allow each resident to structure the training to suit their personal goals.   Because of the medium size of the residency program and the large size of the faculty, residents receive individualized attention from the faculty and program leadership to help them reach their career goals.  

Research Opportunities

The department encourages active research during residency training and makes several opportunities available. Once they complete the program, residents are fully prepared for careers in academic neurology, neuroscience research, or to enter private clinical practice.

In addition, the Resident Scientist track allows an individual resident up to six months of devoted research time in their senior year for advanced preparation toward a career in either laboratory or clinical research. This track offers specific associated opportunities that extend beyond residency. 


We also offer clinical fellowship programs in:

  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory Disorders
  • Neuro-AIDS
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pediatric neurology
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neuroimmunology


The Department of Neurosciences includes 66 faculty who hold primary appointments in Neurosciences, 22 research and project scientists, and 26 faculty who hold adjunct and joint appointments. In addition, 61 individuals outside the university participate in our clinical teaching programs.

We are very proud of our program, its residents and graduates.