Welcome to the UIC Neurology Residency Program

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago offers an ACGME accredited 4-year neurology residency training program that accepts 6 residents per year. Our educational mission is to develop a strong clinical and academic foundation for our residents, while preparing them for the next step in their careers. Through our diverse training sites (the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System- a tertiary care urban hospital, and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center) we provide a wide range of clinical, academic, and research opportunities for our residents to not only develop a strong foundation in general neurology, but to gain vital exposure to the neurologic subspecialties. We are committed to continually evolve, and incorporation of resident feedback is a fundamental aspect of the process. Above all, our program prioritizes the resident educational experience as a key component of the departmental goal of providing the highest quality of care to our patients and community.

Message From Our Director

Dear Applicant,

Welcome to the University of Illinois at Chicago Neurology Residency Training Program.

I am Zulma Hernandez-Peraza, MD and have been an MS Specialist at UIC for the past four years but also an Assistant Program Director. I am now exciting about taking over the reins as Program Director in what I know is a dynamic, diverse, and highly professional Department. It is a department that prides itself in dedication not only to excellent patient care but also to education and to research. I believe our trainees reap the benefits of this. Most of our faculty has great interest and expertise in education. Many of us meet along with our residents monthly to specifically track our educational efforts and efficacy responding quickly to any resident concerns. We oversee the daily noon educational series including didactics, board reviews and journal clubs. We have regular neuropathology talks and weekly Neuroradiology conference lead by our UIC neuroradiologists.

I am very interested in as I have been in the past at UIC of promoting and enabling individual resident development particularly with regards to meeting their future goals. Many of our House Staff now have complicated lives as I do, and I think the sensitivity that I have helps to make their experiences better ones.
Dr. Jeff Loeb (Head) has transformed our department in the past six years. Most of our sections not only have clinicians but translationally motivated basic researchers. This gives our trainees opportunities to participate in research even if at a rudimentary level. Labs in neuro-immunology, stroke, peripheral nerve, and epilepsy (including the UIC Neuro-repository), and neuropathology are available to our trainees. We have a large Neuro-Oncology Program heading by Kelly Nicholas, MD. Monthly conjoint research meetings in stroke, neuro-oncology, epilepsy and neuro-immunology are encouraged to be attended by our trainees. We have one of the largest epilepsy clinics in the state with ongoing research grants. Residents receive training in movement disorders with Dr. Yasaman Kianirad at UIC and Dr. Brandon Barton and JBVA. They are exposed to DBS, botox injecting and clinical trials.

Newer patient interactions are now possible and our trainees can be exposed to these. Under the guidance of Dr. Dilip Pandey, UIC is pioneering patient experience outcomes measures in epilepsy (PROM) and soon in stroke. Our Stroke program serves a vast territory with telemedicine and referral system for further interventions under Drs. Testai.
Our institution serves a diverse population drawing from our neighboring areas including Pilsen, our outside referrals and our own UIC community. We are proud that our faculty, House Staff and students reflect the diversity of Chicago’s population. This makes for a rich environment in which to train.
Our trainees get clinical experience at our university hospital and the Jesse Brown Veterans Hospital. At the JBVA we have a separate dedicated faculty who pride themselves in outstanding teaching.

I encourage you to explore the details of our program and feel free to contact us with any further inquiries. Our program strives to recruit residents with a passion for understanding our nervous system, a compassionate for people, and eagerness to learn and teach.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Very truly,

Zulma Hernandez-Peraza, M.D.


Zulma Hernandez, MD
Neurology Residency Program Director