Our NM2 Dr. Javier Suarez showing off his holiday spirit on Christmas Eve!
Our NM2 Dr. Javier Suarez showing off his holiday spirit on Christmas Eve!
NM1s who were MGH Prelims dressed to impress at the MGH Holiday Party.
Our residents showing off their voices at Karaoke Night!
RDA team takes an afternoon break to get coffee.
Brigham DMD/SKF team takes a break for pumpkin cookies!
Current/future Brigham Epilepsy fellow sat the Hope Gala for the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.
Current NM2s gather together to watch The Bachelorette!
Apple picking crew at Smolak Farms for a residency fall tradition.
Residents gather at Fenway rooftop to pregame before a Boston Red Sox game.
Congrats to NM3 Caleb McEntire and alumna Giovanna Manzano on their recent publication in Neurology’s Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation!
Perfect weekend weather for a residency social gathering with BBQ and good vibes!
The inpatient neurology nurses celebrate Jay’s last day as a general neurology PA with cake!
Our inpatient RDA team gets ice cream together on a sunny summer afternoon!
The incoming NM1s joined residents and faculty at our annual whitewater rafting trip!
We are excited to have our new NM1s join the neurology family! And extra happy to have in-person gatherings with them again!
We are so proud of the Class of 2021! They graduated at the end of June and are moving on to bigger and better things! They have very bright futures ahead of them!
Ana-Lucia Garcia Guarniz was selected as Community Outreach Co-Officer of the MGH CDI (Center for Diversity and Inclusion) Residency and Fellow Committee for this new academic year 2021-2022!
Neurology residents enjoyed a virtual “Bake and Cocktail making class” – a dessert and a cocktail were chosen and the non-alcoholic ingredients left in Resident workrooms for participants to pick up beforehand. The group of 15 met on Saturday the 19th via Zoom for a fun evening of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cups and Aviation cocktails!
PGY-3 Jill Berkman has been selected to lead a session at the 2021 AAN meeting, entitled "Health Equity for Neurology Residents". She and a select faculty panel will be discussing the development and implementation of a health equity curriculum for Neurology residents, including the work she has already done in our own program. We are so proud of the work Jill is doing to advance justice and equity at all levels of Neurology. The session will be 4/20/21 from 3-4pm, hope to see you there!
PGY-3 Doug Wilcox published an observational study of patients with EEE, including investigating the effects of IVIG and high-dose steroids on outcomes. Amazing work, Doug! This study illuminates the clinical characteristics and effect of treatment in patients with an uncommon viral encephalitis.
Chief resident Katie Holroyd was one of a few residents interviewed by Neurology Today for their recent article “These Neurology Residents Took a Crash Course on COVID-19: The Lessons They Carried During These Turbulent Times”, published 11/19/20. Thanks to Katie and all the included residents for sharing their stories!
Our residents Katie Holroyd, Wendy Yau, and Denis Balaban published a Clinical Reasoning case with MGB Neurology alum and current Neuro-Oncology fellow Josh Budhu! The case takes readers through the workup and diagnosis of a patient with bilateral leg pain (no spoilers). These reports are a great way for residents to expand their written clinical teaching skills. Congrats guys!
Our senior resident Giovanna Manzano has just published important findings about the pathophysiology of immune-mediated myopathy following COVID infection. Great work, Giovanna! This will really help advance our understanding of the diverse manifestations of this condition.
Sashank and a team of residents were thrilled to run a virtual 10k sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association. It was a beautiful, crisp fall morning – perfect for a run on the Charles. Best of all, they had a ton of support to raise money for the BWH Covid fund.
We gathered on the Esplanade at Owl's Nest Brewery for some dinner and drinks on October 10th. We were joined by PD, Sashank, and had representation from all class years.
We had two lawn games events in September. We saw the competitive spirits of our Program directors, Sashank and Mike, come out. We found a fun way to stay social during COVID times.
PGY-3 Michael Stanley recently published "The Normally Abnormal" through the Dana Foundation, published 10/15/2020. He tells the story of a woman with both an encephalitis and psychiatric diagnosis.
Green House gathered at a local park for a picnic. We have representation of all classes who showed up. We are thankful for our housing system, where we get to know a smaller group of people throughout the three years.
Chief Resident Katie Holroyd was one of three authors of "Hospitals must do more to protect their workers from COVID-19", published in STAT news on 10/16/2020. We are so proud of Katie for advocating for her fellow physicians for better and more easy access to testing.
MAS consult team gathered at Dr. Tracey Milligan's home for an October dinner and traditional tequila shots. Team bonding in the time of COVID.
NM2s (and our stroke fellow Mariel) gathered to celebrate Becky Williamson’s pregnancy with a socially distanced baby shower. We love expanding our Neurology Residency family and can’t wait to practice our newborn reflexes.
Welcoming the NM1s on board! We are so excited to be starting the new academic year, acknowledging the limitations of COVID19.
We are so excited to welcome our new PAs, who have quickly picked up all the essentials and become indispensable members of our team! Jay Dreier, Nicole Jepsen, and Jacinta Uzoigwe are our new Nocturnist PAs who take overnight calls together with our residents, helping provide outstanding care 24/7. Ela Cohn is our Transition PA, looking after patients in the vulnerable period between discharge from the hospital and outpatient follow-up. Thank you for helping us make these exciting innovations in care delivery!
Our inpatient teams have been enormously flexible and innovative, rising to the challenge of providing the very best, safest neurologic care in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Top: The inpatient RDA team enjoys some physically-distanced outdoor time!
Bottom left: Husain Danish secures cleaning supplies for the workroom!
Bottom right: The inpatient DMD team with VGo, the virtual rounding robot!
Our program has been finding new ways to gather, connect with each other, and have fun while social distancing.
Left: Residents enjoy a virtual happy hours; Can you spot Marty Samuels?
Right: Residents completing a virtual escape room, with over 20 minutes to spare!
In May and June, at the peak of the pandemic in Boston, our neurology departments made countless important contributions to the care of COVID patients in the BWH and MGH ICUs, wards,Emergency department, and clinics. The sacrifices made by our clinicians were so critical to our hospitals’ response to the crisis.
Top: Program director becomes co-resident! Sashank Prasad with Doug Wilcox, ready to work in the Neurology run COVID ICU
Bottom left: Katie Holroyd and Christine Eckhardt reassigned to the BWH COVID ICU
Bottom right: Tony Amato and Josh Budhu, ready for action on the BWH neurology consult team
We started the new year by having a great time at our annual holiday party. Shown here is the NM1 class with lots of big smiles!
Our residency Thanksgiving event hosted by the Prasads was a huge success with over 45 residents and loved ones present! It was a wonderful evening filled with great food (including several incredible resident-baked desserts), catching up with co-residents, and reflections on all we are thankful for.
There were great costumes at the recent neurology-themed Halloween residency party hosted by Dr. Angela O’Neal and the Red House! (Some of these puns will make you groan). In attendance were Phineas Gage, a lumber puncture, an Argyle Robertson pupil and penicillin G, dual anti platelets and a statin, Ms. Frizzle, chorea, and a D-furred gate.
A group of adventurous residents and our program director, Sashank Prasad, recently had a great outing at a ropes course. They truly put their cerebellums (and let's be honest, every muscle in their bodies) to the test!
We are very excited to launch a new program focused on women’s leadership in neurology. The kick-off networking event included a discussion of ways to address gender disparities in academic medicine. The curriculum will include a variety of exciting workshops and rich discussions throughout the year!
NM1 resident Michael Stanley recently published a moving opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he discussed a deeply humanistic perspective on the medical establishment’s approach to end-of-life care.
Orientation activities came to a close with a great welcome party hosted by Dr. Tracey Milligan. The team is now fully assembled and prepared to start the new year!
A group of our residents got a shot of adrenaline on the white water rapids in beautiful western Massachusetts. Just look at those smiles!
Congratulations to third year residents Anna Goodheart and Omar Al-Louzi, who both received the AAN Clinical Research Training Fellowship. Anna is staying at Partners for a movement disorders fellowship, and under the mentorship of Stephen Gomperts she will use molecular imaging biomarkers to glean further insights into the various types of parkinsonian dementia. Omar will complete this fellowship at the NIH, where he will employ advanced imaging methods to better characterize MS lesions. Congratulations!
The first year residents put their creativity and fantastic teamwork to the test as they enjoyed their mid-year retreat solving tough puzzles together. It was a blast!
Congratulations to our resident Priya Srikanth, who has been selected to receive a prestigious Young Scholar Award from the Jacobs Foundation. With her mentor, Tracy Young-Pearse, Priya uses induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons to study the ways that genetic and environmental factors regulate neural development and plasticity. We are incredibly excited to find out what Priya is able to learn in the lab -- discoveries that have the potential to fundamentally change neurologic therapeutics!
A group of us had a great time celebrating winter together by skating on Frog pond in the Boston Common!
After an international search, Dr. Tracy Batchelor has been named the successor to Dr. Martin Samuels as chair of Neurology at BWH. He is coming across town from MGH, where he was chief of the division of neuro-oncology. He is widely known for his formidable dedication and skill as a mentor, and he is devoted to seeing the residency continue to reach new heights!
Senior Resident Michael Young had the fantastic honor of giving Grand Rounds at Maine Medical Center on the topic of “Medical Ethics in the Era of eHealth.” His lecture examined some fascinating modern challenges that have accompanied the rise of social media, crowdfunding, and electronic medical records. The talk was a rousing success!
Resident Josh Budhu published a thoughtful reflection in the NY Daily News on the impact closing a hospital has on access to care in the local community.
New York Daily News article
Residents Sergi Martinez-Ramirez, Jackie Schulman, Mariel Kozberg, and Meabh O’Hare ran the B.A.A half marathon and raised thousands of dollars to support research on cerebral amyloid angiopathy at MGH! Way to go!!
Congratulations to senior resident Emily Ferenczi for being recognized for her AAN presentation about the experience of teaching neuroscience to local elementary students!
Congratulations to MGH attending Marcelo Matiello for receiving the Clinician-Teacher Development Award! Residents Jorge Torres and Josh Budhu are there to celebrate his accomplishments!
We had a great time soaking in the sun at Larz Anderson Park! The food was delicious, and Frisbee and cornhole were a blast. Thank you to the social committee – Sarah Conway, Lauren Hammer, Mariel Kozberg, and Meabh O’Hare – for planning such a great event!
We all enjoyed a great afternoon at the Santiago Ramon y Cajal exhibit of stunning neuroanatomical drawings. It was great to consider how many insights he made about how the brain functions by making such meticulous observations about its structure. And after the museum trip together, it was great to go out for dinner and drinks!