Combined Residency in Neurology and Psychiatry-Overview
Combined Residency in Neurology and Psychiatry
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 a thorough and integrated immersion in neurology and psychiatry, leading to clinical competence in both specialties. At the completion of training combined residents are eligible for board certification in both neurology and psychiatry. This residency is designed for physicians who plan on a clinical and/or research career in the clinical neurosciences. Graduates of our program will be able to leverage this combined training to better advance these two clinical neuroscience disciplines. Combined program trainees will have the tools for practice, teaching and research to become future leaders in clinical neuroscience, neuropsychiatry, behavioral neurology and in disorders of brain and of higher cortical function
The Brown University Combined Training Program began in 1995. The combined residency was certified by 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 that has an AAMC ERAS participating residency listing.
The Alpert Medical School of Brown University 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 strong in brain/behavior basic research. A neuropsychiatry core exists at Brown University with exposure to various subspecialty areas and practices. Residents in the program 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 Medical School. 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, somatoform disorders, TBI and pediatric neurology, along with neuroimaging and genetics.
Combined Residency Program Leadership
W. Curt LaFrance Jr., M.D., M.P.H. is the Director of the Division of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology at RIH, Staff physician at the Providence VA, and Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is the Director of the Brown Combined Residency. Board-certified in both in neurology and psychiatry, LaFrance examines the overlap between brain and behavior in his neuropsychiatry clinic, in teaching, and in his research. LaFrance's areas of research focus are in the neuropsychiatric aspects of epilepsy, nonepileptic seizures (NES), psychogenic movement disorders, and traumatic brain injury.
Stephen Salloway, M.D., M.S. is the Director Emeritus of the Combined Training Program. Dr. Salloway is a Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry. He graduated Stanford Medical school and completed residency training in neurology and psychiatry at Yale University. His research focuses on developing new treatment for vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease. He writes and lectures widely on neurobehavioral disorders.
A Training Committee made up of Andrew Blum, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Neurology Training and Jane Eisen, M.D., Director of Psychiatry Training, and the Combined Residency Director oversees the Combined Training Program. The Training Committee meets annually to review the curriculum and the progress of each resident.