Residency Program Overview

The goal of the Neurology Residency Training Program at UC Davis is to prepare residents for the independent practice of clinical neurology.  The program provides broad exposure to patient care across the age spectrum in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings. Graduates are well-prepared to enter clinical practice, or to continue training in a subspecialty or neuroscience fellowships. The UC Davis Department of Neurology is a national leader in providing clinical care and conducting research in neurological disorders, particularly in epilepsy, dementia, neuro-immunology, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, and stroke.   


Many department faculty members actively engage in clinical and basic neuroscience research programs. In addition, faculty members provide expertise in all subspecialty areas of neurology, providing a broad range of clinical and teaching excellence for trainees.


The UC Davis Medical Center is in Sacramento, a 20-­minute drive from the UC Davis campus. The medical center is the primary teaching facility for the UC Davis School of Medicine and postgraduate medical education. It offers complete inpatient services, diagnostic facilities, and 24-hour major emergency medical services with a level 1 Trauma Center. The hospital has 613 beds and 10 intensive care units.  A 472,000-square-foot Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion, which opened in September of 2010, includes a new emergency room, operating rooms, burn unit, surgical intensive-care unit, cardiology services, cafeteria, pathology laboratory support, and radiology services. The new building increases the hospital’s inventory of beds and operating rooms and integrates new state-of-the-art technology that helps UC Davis Health System physicians deliver the most advanced care.

Within the University and the School of Medicine reside highly-regarded centers in basic neuroscience, imaging, neurodevelopmental disorders, and the innovative Center for Mind and Brain.  Neurology faculty are affiliated with the UC Davis campus, the Center for Neuroscience, the UC Davis MIND Institute, the Center for Mind and Brain, and the Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine.  

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

The Neurology Department academic offices are located at the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) Building.  UC Davis Medical Center adult and pediatric neurology clinics are also located in this facility.  The Neurology inpatient service is located in the main hospital, where a 17-bed neuroscience inpatient unit adjoins the neurosurgical intensive care unit. The Neuroradiology service includes eight diagnostic neuroradiologists and two neurointerventionalists, with facilities that include two 3T and five 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, six computed tomography (CT) scanners, and an angiography suite equipped for interventional studies.



Program details

The resident training program is a three-year program with five positions available each year. Three positions are Categorical; the trainees will enter at the PGY-1 level, complete an internship with the Department of Internal Medicine, and transition to the Neurology department as a PGY-2. Two positions are Advanced, with residents entering at the PGY-2 level after completion of a preliminary internal medicine year elsewhere. Neurology residents’ responsibilities are graduated commensurate with the level of training. Neurology residents at UC Davis actively participate in patient care, teaching, and research activities. The program’s schedule includes 18 months of clinical adult Neurology, six months of outpatient Neurology, three months of Child Neurology, and one month of Psychiatry, with the balance as elective time. The program strongly promotes electives in EEG and electromyography. In addition, each resident is encouraged to spend time in one or more focused projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This program structure allows residents flexibility in designing the curriculum to enrich their training with clinical or basic science research, teaching, or focused training in a neurology subspecialty.

The UC Davis Neurology department also offers an ACGME-approved Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship training program, an ACGME-approved Epilepsy Fellowship, non-ACGME Fellowships in Movement Disorders and Clinical Neuropsychology, and a UCNS-approved Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship in Neurodegeneration and Aging.

How to apply

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and register for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The deadline for receipt of all application materials is November 30. All application materials must be received through ERAS (no paper application materials will be accepted, including CVs).

  1. ERAS application
  2. Three letters of recommendation (one should be from a neurology rotation)
  3. Dean’s letter
  4. Medical school transcripts
  5. USMLE scores (Parts I and II, if available)
  6. Personal statement
  7. Curriculum vitae (via ERAS)

Interviews will be conducted through the months of November through January with no interviews being scheduled during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.


A. Sasha Duffy, D.O., Program Director - aduffy@ucdavis.edu

Vicki Wheelock, M.D., Program Director Emeritus - vlwheelock@ucdavis.edu

Lori Simperman, Program Manager - lsimperman@ucdavis.edu

Karla Lindstrom, Program Coordinator - klindstrom@ucdavis.edu


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