Education & Training

neurology education

Since 1888, the University of Minnesota has been an international leader in neurology research and education. Soon after WWII, Dr. A.B. Baker established one of the first residencies dedicated to the neurology training, as well as the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

Medical Students

From basic sciences courses through electives, and involvement in our SIGN events, there are many ways to learn about Neurology and its cutting-edge subspecialties.


Our residency program allows you to shape your training to meet your experience and research goals, with an excellent foundation for fellowship or practice.


Get to know more about our eight subspecialty fellowships, all of which are pushing the field of Neurology forward through exciting research and exceptional patient care.

Undergraduate Medical Education

Since Dr. Baker’s era we have grown into a robust academic program dedicated to training the next generation of leaders in clinical discovery and education.  Our current education strengths are broad and world class. Our medical school curriculum has received accolades for: integrating clinical content across the foundational years of medical school, active learning workshops, an innovative online reference repository, and the development of a medical student brain wellness program to improve resiliency and decrease burnout.

Graduate Medical Education

Whatever our trainees clinical or research interest we take pride in developing a customized training program to help them reach their goals.  Our graduates serve in leading medical centers around the world in a broad range of neurology subspecialties.

Residency Program

Our residency has many strengths, the greatest of which are the residents themselves.  We pride ourselves in selecting applicants not only based upon academic achievement but also in humanism and good humor. We want residents who will take great care of patients but also are a joy to each other. We have established several strategies to promote comradery including protected time (no pagers) every Friday afternoon. This resident-only Friday school is dedicated to education, career development, and team building.

Fellowship Training

In addition to our four-year neurology residency we offer positions in the following fellowships:

  • Vascular Neurology
  • Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology
  • Critical Care Neurology
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Movement Disorders

Our trainees learn to use cutting edge diagnostic and therapeutic tools including deep brain stimulation, intravascular stenting and coiling, endovascular thrombectomy, intracranial EEG monitoring, transcranial magnetic stimulation, gene therapy, neuroprotective therapies for neurodegeneration, and functional imaging with 7 Tesla MRI among others.        

We thank you for taking a look at our training programs and hope to meet you soon.   

May your brain stay healthy and sleep well,

Michael Howell, MD, FAAN, FAASM
Vice-Chair for Education