It is my privilege to welcome you to the University of Minnesota Department of Neurology. Thank you for your interest in our program.

The University of Minnesota has a long storied tradition, and our residency program has grown and responded to the advancements both in the field and in pedagogical approaches. Today our residency program is designed to balance formal didactics and practice-based learning. We focus on empowering our residents to become leaders of their own residency in preparation for leadership throughout their careers.

Our program covers four hospitals. These facilities provide opportunities to care for patients in urban centers, academic tertiary care, federal system. This provides diversity of patient populations from Minnesota and beyond, as well as practice environments.

As a graduate myself of the University of Minnesota Neurology Residency (2010), I am honored to be Program Director. I am enthusiastic about and proud of the opportunities our residents have to grow in fields of education, research and patient care. I am eager to meet candidates for residency who are ready to learn more about our exciting program.

Michael Leffler-McCabe, MD
Residency Program Director

Education Track

For residents interested in becoming professional medical educators, we offer an innovative, longitudinal elective in educator development. While all of our residents receive training in education skills, those interested in becoming professional clinical educators have the option of additional training, career development and mentorship through NET during their PGY-2 through PGY-4 years of residency.

The teaching track provides residents with unique opportunities to teach in a variety of settings over the course of three years under guided mentorship, receiving formative feedback and building individual teaching portfolios along the way. They also complete education scholarship through mentored curriculum development projects that are completed throughout the duration of their participation in NET. Residents also receive formal training in teaching skills, curriculum development, administration and leadership skills through regularly occurring didactic sessions throughout each year.

NET seeks to improve neurology residents’ confidence in their ability to teach effectively, to provide them with the skills needed to be effective teachers to diverse learners in diverse settings, and to facilitate their career development as future clinician educators.

The Neurology Educator Track started in 2015. Since then we have had two neurology residents enrolled per resident class. Our first inaugural members will graduate this spring (2019). In 2018, we were delighted to have two residents from PM&R join our teaching tracks and we are looking forward to ongoing collaboration with PM&R. More recently, neurology residency programs outside of Minnesota have expressed interest in adopting our model at their institutions.

NET Leadership
Jamie Starks – Director, Neurology Faculty Mentor
Sam Maiser – Co-Director, Neurology Faculty Mentor
Ezgi Tiryaki - Neurology Faculty Mentor

Sample Schedules


  • Regions Internal Medicine - 2 blocks
  • HCMC Internal Medicine - 1 block
  • HCMC Emergency Medicine - 1 block
  • Regions Cardiology - 1 block
  • Regions Psychiatry - 1 block
  • HCMC Neurology - 1 block
  • University Stroke - 2 blocks
  • Regions ICU - 1 block
  • VA Internal Medicine - 2 blocks
  • Neurology Bootcamp - 1 block


  • University Neurology - 5 blocks divided between general neurology and neurocritical care
  • Dementia - 1 block
  • HCMC Neurology Stroke - 2 blocks
  • Epilepsy - 1 block
  • HCMC Night Float - 1 block (two, non-consecutive half blocks)
  • UMMC Night Float - 0.5 block
  • VA Neurology - 0.5 block
  • North Memorial Neurology - 1 block
  • Elective - 1 block


  • Neuropathology - 1 block
  • University Pediatric Neurology - 1 block
  • HCMC Neurology - 1 block
  • University Neurology - 1 block
  • VA Neurology - 2.5 blocks
  • VA EMG - 1 block
  • HCMC Night Float - 1 blocks (two, non-consecutive half blocks)
  • UMMC Night Float - 0.5 block
  • Neuromuscular Clinic - 1 block
  • Elective - 2 blocks
  • Epilepsy - 1 block


  • Neuroimmunology Clinic - 1 block
  • University Neurology - 1 block
  • UMMC Night Float - 1 block (two, non-consecutive half blocks)
  • HCMC Night Float - 0.5 block
  • Elective - 2.5 blocks
  • Regions Neurology - 1 block (weekday consults)
  • VA Neurology - 2 blocks
  • Movement Disorders Clinic - 1 block
  • HCMC Neurology - 1 block
  • Pediatric Epilepsy - 1 block
  • University Pediatric Neurology - 1 block