Behavioral Neurology Training Program

The UCSF Behavioral Neurology Training Program (BNTP) is a two-year program designed to prepare neurologists to pursue a research career in behavioral neurology. The BNTP is certified by the United Council on Neurologic Specialties (UCNS). Fellow supervision and evaluation are provided by the Program Director (Bruce Miller, MD) and Co-Director (Howard Rosen, MD), in addition to a research advisor chosen by the trainee.

Training occurs primarily through the multidisciplinary MAC Clinic and research program dedicated to improving diagnosis and treatment of cognitive and behavioral disorders resulting from neurodegenerative disease. As part of the UCSF Department of Neurology, which has over 80 faculty members, the MAC maintains strong collaborative relationships with other clinical programs (including the epilepsy and neuromuscular disease subspecialty groups) and with basic scientists ranging from molecular biologists to cognitive neuroscientists both at UCSF and other Bay Area institutions. Research conducted through the MAC uses many techniques including extensive clinical assessments, experimental paradigms gleaned from neuroscience and psychology, functional and structural neuroimaging, gene expression studies and proteomics. These techniques are applied to many clinical populations including patients with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and Parkinsonian dementias. This stimulating, diverse clinical and research environment gives trainees a broad exposure to current research relevant to behavioral neurology and access to a wide variety of research mentors.

The first year focuses on building expertise in three areas:

  1. Principles of brain-behavior correlation
  2. Clinical manifestations of brain disorders affecting cognition and behavior, in particular neurodegenerative diseases
  3. Development of clinical skills for evaluation of cognitive and behavioral abnormalities, including interpretation of neuropsychological and behavioral data.

Clinical experience at the MAC is supplemented with weekly didactic conferences and rotations through the major clinical research venues.

During the second year, minimal clinical exposure continues (about 1 day per week), with the rest of the time being devoted to research.

Application Process

Applicants for the Behavioral Neurology Training Program must have completed a residency in neurology, psychiatry, or other relevant specialty and have a license to practice medicine in the United States.

Please send your completed Program Application to BNTP@memory.ucsf.edu. Program applications are due by April 30 of each year. After review of the applications, qualified candidates will be invited to interview with members of the training program and learn more about the clinical and research environment at UCSF.

For more information, please call 415.476.5591 or email BNTP@memory.ucsf.edu.