Adult Neurology Residency Program
Department of Neurology
MSC10 5620
Health Sciences Center
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Administrative Office
Phone: (505) 272-3342
Fax: (505) 272-6692

Residency Director
Amanda Deligtisch, MD

Residency Coordinator
Carlos Abeyta, MBA

Clinical Education

Neurology labThe residency program aims to develop competent, compassionate, and content neurologists. Helping you find your niche within the specialty and preparing you for your ultimate career destination is the training program’s mission. Education opportunities evolve over the course of three years. All residents participate in weekly conferences and seminars; with advancing years, trainees actually lead discussions or present lectures. Attending physicians teach at bedside and in clinic consistently throughout the residency, though the specific nature of experience also changes as residents progress. The idea is to provide a gradual transition starting with structure and supervision in PGY-2, then later giving adequately broad exposure to subspecialty areas and sufficient flexibility to identify your specific interests.


In the first year, training emphasizes inpatient management of neurological disorders and learning the essentials of neurological history and examination, selection and interpretation of diagnostic tests, and implementation of management plans. Residents typically spend three months on neurology wards at University Hospital, four months as junior consultant at the VA, two months of Pediatric Neurology, one month each in specialty outpatient clinics, neuroradiology and electrophysiology.


The second year dedicates more clinical time to the consultation services at both teaching hospitals. “Selective” months provide required experience in subspecialty areas while elective rotations can be oriented towards specific interests. Residents typically spend two months leading the “consult team” at University Hospital and one or two months as the VA senior consultant. Residents usually fulfill the behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry requirement in PGY-3. In addition, residents usually rotate for two months of specialty outpatient clinics and one month each of epilepsy subspecialty and neuro-intensive care.


The final year of Neurology training is devoted to outpatient clinics, inpatient consults and elective time with further emphasis on supervisory roles. One trainee is selected as Chief Resident, responsible for additional administrative and educational duties. Residents usually complete a “selective” rotation in Neuropathology during the final year. The typical PGY-4 schedule includes three or four months of electives, three or four months leading consult teams at University Hospital and the VA, and additional months on specialty outpatient clinics and epilepsy subspecialty.