Post-Graduate Education and Training

Neurology Faculty 2019
Neurology faculty, 2019 

The Department of Neurology, through its training programs, provides rigorous education and training for the next generation of neurologists and neurologist leaders. At the center of this program is our four-year categorical adult neurology residency program, which is accredited by the ACGME and recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. We select nine adult neurology residents per year, and they work closely with residents in the combined Neurology-Psychiatry, Child Neurology, and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities programs. 

Eligible neurology residents may also apply for a position in our R25 research education grant, funded through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This program provides motivated trainees with six months of dedicated, protected research time during their PGY4 year and financial support for an additional 12 months of post-residency research. This may be completed in combination with a subspecialty clinical fellowship.

Our residents serve incredibly diverse patient populations and are exposed to a large and broad panorama of clinical experiences. As such, this is not a “one-program one-hospital” experience, but rather, a program that affords its trainees with a rich milieu in a collection of complementary clinical settings. The pillars of this experience are as follows:

  • Parkland Hospital
  • William P. Clements, Jr. University Hospital
  • Zale Lipshy Pavilion
  • Veteran’s Affairs North Texas Health Care System
  • Children’s Health
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Furthermore, our program is front-loaded, and residents quickly gain experience and build a solid clinical base in internal medicine and inpatient neurology. Clinically intense intern and PGY2 years lead to strong, confident, and capable senior residents. Subspecialty experience is the focus of the PGY3 year, and by the time residents are PGY4s, they are leading the inpatient teams and co-managing their services alongside their attendings. We see a vast array of pathology, so our graduates feel empowered to practice and excel in a broad number of settings. There are words we use to describe it: “Parkland strong!”

The Department offers fellowships in numerous clinical neurological subspecialties; laboratory-based research fellowships are available for those pursuing clinician-scientist careers. Over the last five years, 95% of UT Southwestern's graduating neurology residents pursued additional post-residency training. More than half of residents have chosen UT Southwestern neurology fellowships – a testament to the quality and breadth of our subspecialties, as well as the welcoming and supportive environment for trainees. Our graduates also feed other competitive institutions, such as the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts General, Brigham & Women’s, UCSF, UCLA, Northwestern, and Mount Sinai.

UT Southwestern is an ideal training ground for residents and fellows. As a major tertiary referral center for neurological disorders, we take care of patients from across Texas and surrounding states, and in some instances, across the U.S. In surveying our graduates from 2016 onward, 60% practice in academic settings, with one-half staying on at or returning to UT Southwestern. We also have recent UTSW neurology grads on faculty at the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, among other top academic institutions.

Program Directors

Lauren Phillips, M.D.
Adult Neurology Residency Program Director
Neurology-Psychiatry Residency Program Co-Director

Rana Said, M.D.
Child Neurology Residency and Fellowship Program Director

Patricia Evans, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency and Fellowship Program Director