Residency at BIDMC is about discovery: Discovery about your interests and
but also discovery about the nervous system, how it goes wrong in
neurological disease, and what we can do to improve the outlook for our
Bright and curious minds cannot be constrained by what is already known;
they find that residency is a continuous series of presentations of
problems that need to be solved, many of which do not have easy solutions.
Our faculty are working on many of those solutions, and they welcome our
residents as colleagues to join them on these voyages of discovery.
Faculty at BIDMC work on research problems in almost all of the
subspecialties of neurology. They work on these problems at all levels. We
have more than a dozen
basic science research laboratories
, investigating fields from Parkinson’s disease to epilepsy, sleep to
autism, and brain tumors to peripheral neuropathies to stroke
Our patients inspire a robust clinical research program in cognitive
neuroscience, where we explore neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and
non-invasive brain stimulation; but also in human autonomic physiology,
muscle pathophysiology, and sleep physiology.
As a clinical department, we have human-based research programs focusing
Recovery from stroke
The total NIH support for research in our Department in 2015 was
$16,100,000, comparable to large neurology departments for entire
universities (e.g., Emory, Cornell). Children’s Hospital has a similar
level of support. Together, we have an R25 program that has supported over
a dozen neurology residents from our programs who have done postdoctoral
research training during and after their residencies. However, almost all
of our residents choose to participate in research during their residency,
and present this at our annual Resident Research Day.