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Adult Neurology Residency (Arizona)


The Adult Neurology Residents pose for a group photo at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Program description

The Adult Neurology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona is a subspecialty training program integrating clinical neurology, research training, and an in-depth neuroscience curriculum.

Subspecialties include autonomic disorders, behavioral neurology, cerebrovascular diseases, clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy, headache, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, peripheral nerve disorders, neuromuscular diseases, neuro-oncology, neuro-ophthalmology and neuroradiology. 

The four-year Adult Neurology Residency offers:

  • Clinical practice
    • Direct patient care and a diverse patient population
    • State-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities
    • Advanced electronic medical record
    • Exposure to common and uncommon neurological disorders
    • A comprehensive variety of clinical electives
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration throughout Mayo Clinic
    • Direct interactions with world class faculty 
  • Education
    • Protected education time (Academic Half Day)
    • Innovative Blackboard platform for academic resources and learning
    • Formal neuroanatomy, neuroscience and neurophysiology courses
    • Numerous subspecialty conferences
    • Direct teaching from world-class faculty
    • Career guidance and formal mentorship program
    • Teaching opportunities with Mayo medical students 
  • Research
    • Protected research time
    • Formal research mentoring
    • Numerous research opportunities and collaborations within the neurology department and the entire Mayo Clinic
    • Funding for travel to attend conferences, nationally and internationally

Matching to the specialty program includes a one-year Transitional Preliminary Year (PGY-1) that is available only for trainees who complete all of their residency training at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus. The goal of the one-year Transitional Preliminary Residency is to provide a solid foundation for further training in anesthesiology, dermatology, neurology, radiation oncology and radiology advanced programs.

The board pass rate for our residency program is 100 percent.


The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Mayo Clinic's Adult Neurology Residency is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. and leads to certification in neurology.

Program history

A wall at Mayo Clinic lists the names of all the neurology residents and fellows who have trained at Mayo — more than 500 people. It is a long heritage. Reflecting on his experience as a neurology resident at Mayo Clinic in 1919, John Doyle, M.D., spoke of "the team spirit that fostered the development of individual talents and mutual advancement" and promoted "reciprocal development" of staff and residents.

Almost 100 years later, that same collaborative, collegial relationship between staff and trainees still flourishes in the Adult Neurology Residency, combining resources and talents across Mayo Clinic's three campuses. Learn more about the Mayo Clinic Model of Care.

The residency also honors its roots by continually evolving, keeping the training innovative and contemporary. At the heart of the program is the faculty's view that education is a privilege — a unique opportunity to work with a superb group of young people who are the future of this field.

The Adult Neurology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona accepted its first three residents in 2005. We anticipate that three trainees will complete the program annually.