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Neurology Residency Program

Colleen Tomcik, M.D.

Colleen Tomcik, M.D.

Program Director

Christopher G. Tarolli, M.D.

Christopher Tarolli

Associate Program Director


Thank you for your interest in the University of Rochester Neurology Residency Program. Our Program is considered one of the top and one of the most attractive neurology training programs in the nation and was ranked 14th in the Doximity Residency Navigator in 2021. We have eight residency positions per year. The program emphasizes excellence in clinical neurology and has produced academic neurologists, practitioners of neurology, researchers, and teachers. The primary goals of the training program are to provide:

  • Excellent clinical training in the practice of neurology
  • Opportunities to take part in research
  • Opportunities to develop and maintain an investigative career in the neurosciences
  • A sound fund of knowledge in the neurosciences upon which future educational activities can be added

The Adult Neurology Residency Program at the University of Rochester is a four-year categorical program in neurology that includes a preliminary (PGY-1) year of internal medicine training. This preliminary year is supervised by both the neurology and internal medicine program directors. The core curriculum of the first year is identical to that of the First Year Categorical Medicine residents.

We hope the outstanding educational opportunities available through the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester interest you. We invite you to submit an application.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Program Director Leadership Change

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Colleen Tomcik, who has served as the associate program director for the University of Rochester neurology residency program since 2018, will assume directorship of the program on January 1, 2022.   Dr. Ralph Józefowicz, who has served as the program director for 25 years, has decided to step down from that position at the end of December 2021.  Dr. Tomcik will work with Dr. Józefowicz over the next several months to insure a smooth transition in leadership of the residency program.  Dr. Józefowicz will continue to be involved in teaching the residents at Morning Report, and on the inpatient services and in clinics, when he returns from his Fulbright and sabbatical in Krakow, Poland, in July 2022.

Dr. Tomcik is Associate Professor of Neurology who received her neurology training at Indiana University, following which she became associate neurology residency program director at Case Western.  She joined our Department in 2016 and was appointed associate program director in 2018. She is an outstanding general neurologist, recognized by all for her incredibly gifted patient care skills. As Associate Program Director, she has made a nationally recognized and celebrated program ever better. She brought her own experience from Case Western to strengthen and re-organize the outpatient neurology continuity of care clinics as the Resident firm faculty liaison. In addition, she has facilitated and helped develop a resident mentoring program, a resident wellness program, a chief resident leadership program and incorporation of principles of quality improvement into the resident practice.

She has been instrumental in establishing Anti-Racism and EDI-related goals for the program and is unequivocally committed to furthering these goals and ensuring continuing improvements. In 2017, she was accepted into the AAMC’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program, a program targeted for early to mid-career faculty aspiring to be leaders in medical education. In 2018, Dr. Tomcik was awarded the prestigious American Board for Psychiatry and Neurology Faculty Innovation in Education Award for a project that created a teleneurology curriculum for neurology residents. These successes are a testament to her creativity and innovation, and her commitment to furthering resident education and advancing health equity across all its programs. Dr. Tomcik has a bold vision of “Making Connections” within the program to re-imagine the resident experience to promote successful careers within a supportive and inclusive environment. 

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What Sets Us Apart

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, read more regarding our key department initiatives.

International Programs

The Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester has built affiliations with 3 Universities in Poland, Spain and Zambia.

Research and Mentoring

The University of Rochester Department of Neurology has a strong tradition of both basic and clinical research.

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What Our Residents Say...

I chose the University of Rochester due to the strength of the neurology program in regards to resident education; our outstanding program director; and the warmth and camaraderie between the residents. 

Our program provides ample opportunities to hone skills in medical education and research and continues to grow ever better with the guidance of incredible resident and faculty Leadership.

Nami Shah, MD (PGY-3)

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York

Hometown: Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

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