The fields of neurology and psychiatry have been brought closer together by advances in basic neuroscience, genetics, pharmacology, and imaging. Each field offers unique perspectives for understanding diseases of the brain and central nervous system. The Combined residency training in neurology and psychiatry is designed for physicians who plan on a clinical or research career in the clinical neurosciences and who have determined that completing clinical training in each specialty will provide them with the best background to meet their career goals.
The mission of the Brown University Combined Residency Program in Neurology and Psychiatry is to provide solid clinical training in both neurology and psychiatry for future leaders in clinical neuroscience. At the completion of training combined residents are eligible for board certification in both neurology and psychiatry.
The Brown University Combined Training Program began in 1995. The combined residency was certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in 1996. The first combined resident graduated in 2001. We are currently one of a small group of combined programs who are certified by the ABPN and ACGME.
Brown Medical School offers an excellent environment for combined training in neurology and psychiatry. The residency programs in neurology and psychiatry are both well developed, and the departments enjoy a close working relationship. There is also a close working relationship with the Department of Neurosurgery and a growing collaboration with the campus department of neuroscience, which is quite strong in brain/behavior research. The program is small enough that residents are able to develop close mentoring relationships with an outstanding group of faculty in the Medical School. Neuropsychiatric research is a major theme for a large number of faculty in the School of Medicine. The Neuropsychology program at Brown has a strong national reputation. There are mature neuropsychiatric research programs in movement disorders, dementia, geriatric psychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders, stroke, epilepsy and pediatric neurology.
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