Welcome from the Program Director

Emily Pharr, MD
Emily P. Pharr, MD

 Welcome from the Program Director  

It is an exciting time to choose a career in neurology.  The adult neurology residency program at Wake Forest University is a dynamic, innovative program with a long history of excellence in patient care, research and education.  The residents have a rich learning environment with a mix of inpatient and outpatient care experiences, and opportunities for a variety of post-graduate fellowship training programs at our institution.  The program is a 4-year, categorical neurology program with the internal medicine year included without any need for separate applications or interviews.  We are a fully accredited program by the ACGME, and our last two accreditation site visits received the maximum 5-year accreditation cycle with no citations, which demonstrates our commitment to educational excellence.  Our faculty excels in both clinical patient care and research endeavors and enjoys teaching residents and medical students.  The ultimate strength of our program lies with our residents themselves.  You will not find a better group of outstanding young physicians anywhere.  

Our faculty is committed to the education of our residents.  Residents interact with faculty in both inpatient and outpatient settings learning directly through a strong mentoring relationship.  As the program director, I am fortunate to have the support of the faculty in the area of medical education.  Our faculty is widely respected in their areas of specialty.  They give of their time to provide robust didactic conferences to our residents.  Dr. Patrick Reynolds serves as the Vice Chair of Education for the department and is fully committed to maintaining an environment that encourages residents to be teachers as well as learners.  

Please explore our website and learn a little more about our department and the residency program.  Some of the highlights include, but are not limited to, our Primary Stroke Center with an active and cutting-edge Telestroke Network and tPA delivery program; a Brain Tumor Center of Excellence with Gamma Knife technology; an ALSA-certified ALS Center; an active MDA Clinic, established translational science programs in ALS and muscular dystrophy research; a busy movement disorders section with an active deep brain stimulation program and membership in both the Parkinson and Huntington Study groups; a large multidisciplinary Multiple Sclerosis clinic with an active clinical research program; a rehabilitation program with outpatient and inpatient services at the J. Paul Sticht Center for the Aging; one of the first Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers established in the United States with a large Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and active epilepsy surgery program, along with access to the J. Kiffin Penry Epilepsy Education programs held at the Graylyn International Conference Center; a dynamic, and very active therapeutic neurotoxin program for the treatment of dystonia, spasticity, and headache;  the world-renowned Ward Riley Ultrasound Center with courses available to  residents; and a very busy clinical neurophysiology lab, with one of the few neuromuscular ultrasound centers in the world.  

Thank you for your interest in the Adult Neurology Residency Program at Wake Forest University.  Do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

Emily Pharr, MD
Director, Residency Training Program
Assistant Professor
Director, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

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