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Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Adult Neurology Residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. We are a four-year categorical program that recruits four trainees each year. It is our goal to facilitate our residents' development into knowledgeable, innovative, caring and passionate neurologists via a broad variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences while embodying the Mayo Clinic philosophy that "the needs of the patient come first."

As program director, my primary role is to be your advocate. It is our philosophy that the best academic experience occurs in an environment that is conducive to and dedicated to teaching and learning.

Our approach is one of Direct Collaborative Patient Care, where a resident partners with an attending physician to care for patients. We believe this to be the most fundamental learning model on all rotations (core and elective) for all six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies. All rotations during the residency are building blocks, with each educational experience capitalizing on those before.

During the entire period of training, our residents are exposed to various neurological subspecialties in the context of a general neurology practice. Our faculty have diverse backgrounds, interests and expertise clinically, educationally and in research. We are a close-knit department, and residents benefit from the opportunity to work one-on-one with renowned experts throughout the neurological subspecialties.

The principles that are the cornerstone of our training program emphasize acquisition and demonstration of the competencies embodied by the neurology milestones:

  • Compassionate patient care that promotes overall health and well-being
  • Attainment of the medical knowledge necessary to provide that patient care
  • Evidence-based application of epidemiological and behavioral sciences to patient care
  • Practice-based learning by investigation and evaluation of the methods of practice and use of that information for patient-centered quality and practice improvement
  • Effective communication skills with patients, their families and other health care providers
  • Professionalism and sensitivity toward a diverse patient population
  • Application of a systems-based practice that implements a multidisciplinary approach to patient care

We serve a highly diverse patient population, providing care to those who live right next door, as well as those who live in other states and other countries. We also provide an array of experiential and didactic learning opportunities in an open and welcoming environment. We provide exposure to several practices and offer opportunities to incorporate international rotations.

Our curriculum is flexible, with ample elective time that allows each resident to focus his or her education on an ultimate goal, be it inpatient- or outpatient-focused, academic or private practice.

Jacksonville and its surrounding area combine a small-town feel with the benefits of a metropolitan city. The climate is one in which outdoor activities can be enjoyed throughout the year. We feel that our residents' work-life balance is optimal in our work and living environment.

We hope that you find that this information provides you a glimpse of what it would be like should you choose to pursue your training with us. Regardless of which of the Mayo neurology training programs you choose, you can be assured that you will not be disappointed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for more information.

  • Elliot L. Dimberg, M.D.
    • Adult Neurology Residency Program Director
    • Mayo Clinic in Florida
  • April 28, 2014
  • ART536945