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A Letter From Our Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Neurology Residency Program. One may say I am biased, but I certainly think that  we easily have one of the top programs in the country. Our residents are trained to deliver exceptional inpatient and outpatient neurologic care, encouraged to do both clinic and basic science research, have flexibility to explore variety of neurologic subspecialties through elective time, and are truly inspiring people with diverse backgrounds and interests outside of work. I hope as you look through our website and social media pages you will get a sense of the quality of education, diverse patient population serviced, our hospital mission for excellence, and mostly what a welcoming and kind group of people comprise the Department of Neurology.  

When I think about our residency program, I would like to take a moment to highlight things that make us truly unique. We are inclusive of all people both within our neurology community as well as with the patients we serve whether it be racial, cultural, gender, or simply clinical and research diversity. The program itself is a resident-driven program where each resident’s needs are met during their training.  To this end, we have significant elective time throughout the three years (including PGY-2) where residents are encouraged to learn more about topics they are curious about, travel to do global neurology or have time to pursue research endeavors. Our QI projects are also resident driven utilizing a learner-centered curriculum model. We are modeled on an X+Y schedule so residents are able to understand how outpatient neurology is practiced while not feeling pulled in many directions. The subspecialty exposures are extensive here and most residents chose to pursue fellowship training after their time at UMass Medical School. Wellness is a priority and there is resident-run care team to ensure this remains a priority. Furthermore, we have a curriculum designed around the neurohumanities to continue to remind us why we entered the field of medicine. All these aspects are just some of the many parts of what makes UMMS a superb, well-rounded clinical training program. 

I can speak from personal experience when I say that from my first day joining the UMMS Neurology family, I have felt at home. It is a special place with collegiality at its heart. Please reach out to us if you have any questions. 


Daniello.jpg Kate Daniello, MD, PhD

 Director, Neurology Residency Program