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Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Neurology Resident Clinician Researcher Program (RCRP)

City: Miami

State/Province: Florida

Country: United States of America

Language: English


2015-2016 Residency Applicant Newsletter:

Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Neurology Resident Clinician Researcher Program
Neurology Resident Research Day, Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Neurology Resident Clinician Researcher Program, March 2015

The Resident Clinician Researcher Program (RCRP) provides residents with the faculty mentorship, administrative guidance, infrastructure, and research facilities to pursue clinical and basic neuroscience research during residency. Similar to other neurology residents, a research track resident will fulfill all required clinical obligations toward certification in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in the same four-year period of residency.

Parallel to his/her clinical training, the RCRP resident will also develop scholarly neuroscience research and will utilize some elective blocks toward the completion of this. The RCRP is an opportunity for a neurology resident to excel in an area of his or her interest and to launch a rewarding academic career. An RCRP resident will likely become a university-based academic neurologist after completing their residency.


The core curriculum for residents in the RCRP is identical to that of other neurology residents. The main difference in the RCRP curriculum include additional monthly educational activities to complement and expand knowledge in ethics, epidemiology and statistics in order to then be able to plan, design and execute research projects:

- Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Bootcamp (5-day intense course with mentorship)

- Analytical techniques: Linear regression, logistic regression, survival analysis

- Practical statistics

- Association and causal inference

- Clinical trials (advanced)

In addition, the office of graduate medical education is currently implementing the residency scholarly activity program (RSAP) to increase scholarly activity during residency. The program is an experiential model through which epidemiology and biostatistical knowledge is acquired and maintained through practice and hands-on opportunities. RCRP residents will have priority once the program begins.

Protected time (Research Blocks)

- PGY2: 1 block

- PGY3: 1 or 2 blocks

- PGY4: 2 blocks


Considerable planning and commitment is required to bring the research to fruition during the otherwise busy period of residency. Generally, a research track resident will have some prior research experience and will decide, in collaboration with faculty mentor, early in their residency the line of clinical or bench neuroscience research they wish to pursue. Having additional graduate degrees (e.g. MS, MPH, PhD) is a not a requirement for entry into the RCRP. The research mentor(s) will guide and the program director will monitor the progress of all research track residents during their residency. The minimum goals for residents in the RCRP are:


- Research project identified - Mentor identified - Research project designed - Assists to RCRP educational activities - Starts RSAP and/or attends CTS bootcamp


- Regular meetings with research mentor - Abstract submission and/or presentation at national/international meeting - Poster presentation at national meeting (e.g. AAN, ANA) - Presentation at Annual Residents’ Research Day - IRB submission - Assists and/or prepares RCRP educational activities - Continues RSAP, attends CTS bootcamp if not possible during PGY2


- Regular meetings with research mentor - Publication in peer-reviewed journal - Mentorship/teaching of junior residents interested in research - Presentation at Annual Resident’s Research Day - Assists and prepares RCRP educational activities - Finishes RSAP

The RCRP residents will become conversant in research techniques and should consider applying for a career development grant, such as NIH K08 award, by the end of their residency. In case the resident requires extra time to complete the grant submission, the program will attempt to provide a post-residency fellowship in the resident’s chosen area of research. Success in getting a career development award, productivity during residency, and future research potential will be the main criteria for appointing a research resident to the neurology faculty at the University of Miami after completion of the residency training. The RCRP residents will also be encouraged to participate in the University of Miami Office of Research Education and Training Opportunities, and for those interested in developing advanced research skills, a masters’ degree program in Clinical and Translational Science will be available.

Application and acceptance

Residents interested in joining the RCRP must submit their CVs, a filled application form and a personal statement during their PGY1 or early PGY2 year. Deadline for applications is April 1st. Specific formats for application will be made available to interested residents after contacting the corresponding scientific/research chief resident, who will receive the applications.

The evaluation committee comprises Dr. Tatjana Rundek, MD, PhD (RCRP Chair), Dr. Leticia Tornes, MD (Program Director) and the corresponding research/scientific chief resident. Official acceptance to the RCRP will be granted at the end of PGY1 or PGY2 year, after review of submitted applications.

Contact Information

RCRP Chair: Tatjana Rundek, MD, PhD Email:

Residency Program Director: Leticia Tornes, MD Email:

Research Chief Resident 2015-2016: Karlo J. Lizarraga, MD, MS Email:

Program Administrator: Terry Crugnale Email:

Program Administrator: Andrea Ruiz Email: