The Harvard Medical School Neurology Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts was founded in 1996 as the successor to the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Program. The Program concentrates on the training and research opportunities available on the Harvard Medical School Longwood campus, by combining the resources of two major Harvard teaching hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children's Hospital. These combined hospitals, with over 800 inpatient beds and extensive outpatient clinics, provide the setting for training physicians in the art and science of clinical neurology.
The Program accepts seven residents per year in adult neurology. A related but separate program at Children's Hospital Boston accepts five pediatric-neurology residents each year. The combined faculty consists of more than 80 neurologists at the two participating hospitals, and provides core experiences in inpatient and outpatient neurology, as well as training in electrophysiology (including EEG, EMG, and sleep polysomnography) and neuropathology. The key distinguishing feature of the program is the close relationship between the clinical faculty, nearly all of whom are full-time academic neurologists engaged in substantive research and teaching efforts, and a select group of residents who are keenly interested in forging academic careers in neurology. Virtually all of the clinical training takes place within a 2 block radius on the Harvard Medical School Longwood campus. A critical component of the program is the opportunity for residents to have a mentored teaching experience as well as the opportunity to undertake a mentored project, which may entail either clinical or laboratory based investigation or preparation of innovative teaching materials or methods.