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Other Training Opportunities

Resident Elective Rotations

Duration: 1-3 months

Residents must be enrolled in an accredited Neurology or Neurosurgery residency program and a have strong interest in pursuing academic medicine.

The NINDS welcomes neurology residents for clinical rotation at the NIH. The resident will be primarily based with the Neurology Consult Service, and from there will be able to tailor the experience to his or her interests by attending subspecialty clinics. Patients seen by the consult service frequently present with common neurological conditions in the context of rare conditions and novel therapeutics, and thus will build on the resident’s skills and knowledge base while expanding their understanding of complex disorders and treatments. The resident will be able to attend clinics of interest, including movement disorders, neuroimmunology, neuromuscular disorders, and epilepsy, as well as clinics in other institutes. Patients include children and adults, inpatients and outpatients, who are enrolled in clinical trials. Opportunities include rotations in highly specialized clinics such as neurogenetic disorders including spinocerebellar ataxias, hereditary spastic paraparesis, spinal muscular atrophy, primary lateral sclerosis and Kennedy’s disease; Parkinson’s disease, unusual movement disorders, neuroimmune disorders, autonomic disorders, neurofibromatosis, von-Hippel-Lindau disease, tropical spastic paraparesis, neurocysticercosis, traumatic brain injury and intractable epilepsy. Other opportunities include the Undiagnosed Disease Program that investigates some of the most challenging patients with neurological disorders. Programs in state-of-the art neuroradiological techniques, deep brain stimulation and convection-enhanced delivery are available. Residents also participate in grand rounds, journal clubs, and research seminars.

The resident will be supervised by the Chief, Neurology Consult Service. Residents are expected to investigate issues related to those patients seen on rounds and in clinic, and present a 30-minute talk toward the end of their rotation.

Course Objectives:

Perform neurological evaluation of patients with complex diagnostic and management issues
Gain experience in evaluating patients on research protocols, on novel therapeutic agents
Discuss patients at the weekly Neurology Consult Service rounds


Omar Khan, M.D., Assistant Clinical Director, Medical Education,

Avi Nath, M.D., Clinical Director,


Medical Student Clinical Electives

Duration: 4-12 weeks


You must be a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or a foreign citizen on a B1 for business or WB visa; be in good standing in your medical school; and have your school’s permission to participate. If you are not enrolled in a U.S. accredited medical school, then you must also have documentation of proficiency in communication skills from either a TOEFL score or successful completion of the USMLE step 2 Clinical Skills exam. Students should have completed a clerkship rotation in neurology and have basic skills in history taking and neurological examination. Eligibility requirements can be found at


Short-term rotations with one of the NINDS clinical research groups provides the student with exposure to patient-oriented research and an opportunity to receive advanced clinical training in neurology. Students can choose a rotation within a research branch with a subspecialty focus. The research branches employ a wide variety of techniques including pharmacology, immunology, neurophysiology, molecular biology and genetics, neuroimaging [positron emission tomography (PET) scanning, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scanning, functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy], electroencephalography (EEG), evoked potentials, and electromyography.  Areas of faculty research can be viewed at the NINDS faculty webpage:


Applications are submitted online to the NIH Clinical Center’s Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education (OCRTME) at Contact the OCRTME at (301) 496-9425 if you have any questions.

Medical Research Scholars Program

Duration: 1 year


The Medical Research Scholars Program is a twelve-month program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical students to the intramural campus of the NIH. Participants spend a year in a mentored basic, clinical or translational research project in an area that matches their personal goals. An additional year of support may be available to allow a continuation of ongoing studies where this is judged to be in the best interests of the student and the mentor. The program is designed for students who have completed their initial clinical rotations but does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed clinical rotations.

The program provides the opportunity for clinician-scientists to carry out research across the full spectrum of laboratory, translational and clinical opportunities. Participants will witness and collaborate in rigorous, hands-on research with offerings across the full continuum of biomedical research – the bench, the bedside, and between both – including computational biology, medical informatics, and other emerging areas of contemporary science.


For additional information please call the OCRTME at (301) 496-9425 or e-mail You can also visit The application period typically opens early October and closes mid January.