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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)
    • Neurology boot camp course
    • Formal neuroanatomy and neuroscience courses
    • Two months of hands-on Clinical Neurophysiology training
    • Innovative platform for academic resources and learning
    • 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 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 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.

Molly Knox, M.D.

Meet our trainees

As a resident, our learning is made a priority and there is plentiful opportunity for research and teaching via the Mayo Clinic medical school in Arizona.

Molly Knox, M.D.
Adult neurology resident

Erika Driver-Dunckley, M.D.

Meet the faculty

Our primary goal is to train you to become a world-class neurologist. No matter how subspecialized you may become as a resident in our program, you will be trained as an excellent general neurologist, first and foremost.

Erika Driver-Dunckley, M.D.
Adult Neurology Residency program director

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Choosing Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix, Arizona.
Campus and community

Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ

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Stipend and benefits