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Mentor Program

Neurology Resident Mentoring and Leadership Program

The Neurology Resident Mentoring Program is a longitudinal 4-year experience that focuses on guiding residents in four key areas:

1) Career decisions

2) Structured development of a scholarship project

3) Defining personal and professional career goals. 

4) Leadership Development

The program starts with identifying mentor-mentee pairs, developing a simple structured mentoring plan, and codifying frequency of mentor-mentee meetings with annual reports to the program director. 

Mentorship Program Director: Nimish Mohile, MD

Leadership Program Facilitator:  Jennifer Marsella, MD

Current Mentors:  

Bogachan Sahin, MD, PhD Deana Bonno, MD Johanna Hamel, MD
Gretchen Birbeck, MD Lynn Liu, MD Marina Connolly, MD
David Bearden, MD Chris Tarolli, MD Jennifer Nguyen, MD
Jessica Robb, MD Adam Kelly, MD  
Ruth Schneider, MD Jennifer Marsella, MD  
Michael Yurcheshen, MD    


Neurology Year One

  • Residents complete a written assessment to identify goals, career interests and research interests.
  • Residents meet individually with the mentorship director to discuss their goals and interests.
  • The mentorship director will pair mentees and mentors together near the end of the academic year.  The mentors are intended to help them throughout residency and may or may not be their research, content or subspecialty mentor.

Neurology Year Two

  • Mentor-mentee kickoff event at the start of the year.
  • Mentor-mentee pairs meet at least quarterly to discuss progress, career goals and interests.  Mentees are guided on elective choice, identifying research projects and begin to work on setting goals.
  • 2-3 informational sessions are held specifically to expose residents to the breadth of possible scholarship projects in the department: i.e. research projects, QI projects, education research and global health.
  • At the end of the academic year, mentors begin to work with mentees to begin planning for fellowship applications. 

Neurology Year Three

The focus of this year is to work on a structured and guided scholarship project to present at the annual Schwid Symposium, submit to a national meeting and culminate in a manuscript.  Residents will participate in monthly meetings in which they will discuss development of their projects, learn new skills and identify resources.  They will also meet individually with assigned mentors, project mentors, the mentorship director and other relevant faculty to ensure success of the project.  Residents will submit a research proposal to describe their research question, hypothesis, study design and methods.  Faculty and co-residents will critique and provide feedback to strengthen the project.  The proposal will need to undergo final approval by the research mentor and the mentorship director prior to starting the project. 

Monthly meetings will focus on the following topics:

  • Finding your project and mentor
  • Development of a research question
  • Reviewing the literature on your topic
  • Study Design
  • Research Methods
  • Proposal presentations and critiques
  • IRB guidance and Data collection
  • Statistical Methods for Data Analysis
  • Writing an abstract
  • Creating a poster
  • Presenting your work
  • Writing a manuscript  

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Residents will work on the scholarship project during the year with guidance of mentors, peers and senior research faculty. They will submit and present their work at the annual Schwid symposium in June.  Residents are also strongly encouraged to submit the work to a national meeting.  They are also encouraged to complete their scholarship project with a manuscript. This process will be guided by mentors, co-residents and will take advantage of editorial experience of departmental faculty. 

Neurology Year Four

Residents are encouraged to continue their scholarship work but will be expected to make their own timelines and be more independent.   They will also be expected to submit a research proposal for any new projects. 

Working Residents














The primary focus of this year is leadership. In this program, the Chief Residents work together to develop and implement a group leadership project that will have a lasting effect on the residency program. Workshops will help residents understand strengths and learn critical leadership skills.    The chief residents meet monthly with faculty preceptors who guide them on designing and implementing a project, culminating in a presentation to the entire faculty before graduation.  The curriculum is focused on defining core values and understanding strengths in order to define and achieve goals.   Monthly topics listed below:

  • Identifying, clarifying and prioritizing your values
  • CV workshop: strengthening your CV and aligning it with your values
  • Developing long term goals:  deciding what you want to do with your life
  • Identifying the short term goals that will lead to success
  • Creation of a 1 year learning contract
  • Determine your personal mission and vision
  • Using your time wisely and efficiently
  • Building and sustaining teams
  • The work of becoming a leader
  • Using Emotional intelligence in your professional life
  • Using your strengths to lead better