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Neurology Residency Program

Colleen Tomcik, M.D.

Colleen Tomcik, M.D.

Program Director

Christopher G. Tarolli, M.D.

Christopher Tarolli, MD

Associate Program Director

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Jennifer Marsella

Associate Program Director

Thank you so much for your interest in the University of Rochester Adult Neurology residency program! Founded in 1967, our program remains one of the most respected neurology training programs in the country.  We emphasize excellence in clinical neurology, development of residents as inspired educators, and advancement of the field through scholarly pursuits and lifelong learning.  Our comprehensive training ensures that our graduates achieve success in clinical, educational, and/or research careers.

The primary goals of the training program are to provide:

  • Unparalleled clinical training in general and subspecialty neurology
  • A mastery of neuroscience gained through graduated didactic and clinical experiences
  • The ability for residents to actively engage in all levels of medical education
  • Opportunities to develop research projects tailored to the residents’ interests and ultimate career goals
  • Preparation for the nation’s top fellowship training programs, including at URMC

UR Adult Neurology Residency Program At-a-Glance:

  • Eight positions per year
  • Four-year categorical program         
  • Fully integrated internal medicine internship, with ten weeks of inpatient Neurology and Neurology continuity clinic beginning in the PGY-1 year
  • Extensive clinical exposure to the full spectrum of neurological conditions in a diverse patient population
  • Over 6 months of flexible and individualized elective time, including unique international opportunities in Europe, Africa, and South America                                                                         
  • Night float system and reasonable call schedule                   
  • Chief residents serve as instructors in the Mind, Brain and Behavior Course for second-year medical students
  • Comprehensive and innovative didactic program for residents in a protected academic half-day format

Program Strengths:

  • Enthusiastic world-class faculty in General Neurology and all major subspecialties
  • Structured, multi-faceted resident mentoring program that provides career, research and leadership development
  • Institutional and departmental dedication to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Emphasis on quality, patient safety, and multi-disciplinary team-based care
  • Wide range of resident research opportunities, from basic to translational science and clinical trials, to quality improvement and educational projects, supervised by experts in the field
  • Close-knit collegial atmosphere that prioritizes resident wellness and feedback
  • High-quality lifestyle in an affordable, accessible, and vibrant city-currently ranked the 26th best place to live in the United States by U.S. News and World Report

While all of this is certainly impressive, what truly sets our residency apart is our people.  Whether in the clinics, on the wards, or at trivia night, you can feel the camaraderie among residents, faculty, and staff.  We cultivate a culture of kindness for each other and for our patients and their families, and it makes the University of Rochester a truly special place to train. We invite you to experience it for yourself -  submit an application.


Colleen B. Tomcik, MD
Program Director

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What Our Residents Say...

Max Jean

It was an easy decision for me to come to the University of Rochester Medical School for my residency. One of the biggest deciding factors for me was the collegial and supportive environment that I witnessed. I felt right at home and the residents genuinely seemed happy. Furthermore, they had great rapport with faculty members, nursing and ancillary staff (EEG techs, therapists, etc). Additionally, residents are strongly encouraged to mold change in this program to optimize both learning and resident wellness. Lastly, I can tell you that my co-residents are just amazing people and we hang out quite often in the beautiful city of Rochester.

Maxime Jean, MD, PhD (PGY-4)

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

Hometown: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

What Our Alumni Say

Andrea Wasilewski

“My goal for choosing a residency program was to find a program that would allow me to become a highly skilled neurologist. I found that and so much more within the University of Rochester neurology residency and Neuro-oncology fellowship program.  The combination of clinical expertise, patient volume, diversity of disease and strong tradition and emphasis on education provided me with an incredible foundation for my career. This foundation coupled with unparalleled support and opportunities for internal and external leadership have prepared me well for my current positions.  I am immensely grateful for the education, mentorship and friendship I experienced while at the University of Rochester!”

Andrea Wasilewski, M.D.

Medical Director, Givens Brain Tumor Center 
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health
Minneapolis, MN

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