Letter from the Program Director
Hello and welcome to The George Washington University Adult Neurology Residency Program—we are happy that you took time out of your day to look into our program. Now more than ever, it is an exciting time to join us given our recent leadership and structural changes.
Personally, I would like to extend a big “hello” to you. My name is Mark Baker, and I am the new Adult Neurology Program Director. Despite taking on this new role, I am not new to resident teaching and education. With my past experiences at other top-tier medical centers, I have worked very closely with our current residents to create a modernized and exciting residency experience. Starting this academic year, we have restructured our didactic schedule into a subspecialty-based curriculum consisting of attending-given lectures, a neurophysiology weekly series focusing on EEG and EMG, resident-driven case reports, and other supplemental lectures and board review. We have also better balanced our inpatient and outpatient experiences with the intention of getting earlier exposure to outpatient subspecialty fields to get our residents better prepared for future fellowship and career decisions.
Here at The George Washington University, we pride ourselves on our diversity including our program experiences, the patient populations that we serve, and most importantly our residents themselves. Given the rich experiences and backgrounds of our residents, we have been able to set a program culture that is unique, accepting, and worldly. As Washington DC is truly an international and urban city, our residents also get vast exposure to both varied patient populations and neurologic conditions while working at the GW University Hospital, the DC Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Washington Children’s Hospital. With this unique residency experience, we are able to train well-rounded, forward thinking, future neurologists.
During this current pandemic, we have underlined the importance of resident wellness and mental health. Within our program itself, we have increased our emphasis on wellness and continue to find ways to mitigate stressors. We are excited to begin a new monthly wellness series and to continue to evolve in our emphasis on resident wellbeing.
In the end, we are excited that you took the time to look at our program for your neurology residency training. You can find the “nuts and bolts” of our program by viewing the various tabs on our program website—please reach out with any questions or needed clarifications. Also please check out our program’s social media @gwuneurology on Instagram and @gwneurology on Twitter. We look forward to seeing you during our upcoming virtual interview season or in the future!
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