SIGN – Student Interest Group in Neurology


Co-Presidents Anna Fusco & Kerry Farlie
Co-Treasurers Chloe LaRochelle
Faculty Advisor Miguel Chuquilin

Welcome to the Student Interest Group in Neurology!

“The brain is a monstrous, beautiful mess. Its billions of nerve cells-called neurons-lie in a tangled web that displays cognitive powers far exceeding any of the silicon machines we have built to mimic it.” – William F. Allman

The goal of SIGN is to provide a forum where anyone interested in the fascinating field of neurology can learn about the many amazing things involving our three-pound gem. The intent is to unite and educate students and those interested in the field of neurology through the utilization of research, publications, interviews, etc. As the founding father of neurosurgery Dr. Harvey Cushing stated, “A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more even than the whole man – he must view the man in his world.” The aim is to establish a united community under the common goal of educating one’s self, not just in the fundamental field of neurology, but the essential effects it has on the patients we as students will inevitably be treating.

What is Neurology?

Neurology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the nervous system. To be specific, it deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of disease involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue, such as muscle. The corresponding surgical specialty is neurosurgery. A neurologist is a physician specializing in neurology and trained to investigate, or diagnose and treat neurological disorders. Neurologists may also be involved in clinical research, and clinical trials, as well as basic research and translational research. Neurology, being a branch of medicine, differs from neuroscience, which is the scientific study of the nervous system in all its aspects.

Neurology Residency & Fellowship

A residency in Neurology requires a preliminary training year in Internal Medicine as a PGY-1 followed by a three-year residency in Neurology. Some programs are combined with the PGY-1 year and others you must apply for separately.

Shadowing Opportunities

The following UF physicians have kindly offered to support shadowing opportunities or mentorship for interested students. Please reach out to Anna Fusco or Kerry Farlie for contact information

  • Melissa Armstrong, MD – DLB, PD, Health Outcomes, Patient Engagement, Shared Decision Making
  • Marc-Alain Babi, MD – Stroke, TBI
  • Katharina Busl, MD, MS – Critical Care in Neurology, TBI, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Status Epilepticus
  • Jean Cibula, MD – Epilepsy, Critical Care in Neurology
  • Miguel Chuquilin – MD – Neuromuscular Disorders, Inherited Neuropathies, Myopathies, Motor Neuron Disease
  • Christopher Hess, MD – Movement Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia
  • Michael Jaffee, MD – Concussion, Sleep Neurology, TBI
  • Nikolaus McFarland – MD, PhD – Movement Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, Atypical Parkinsonism
  • Michael Okun, MD – DBS, Neuromodulation, Movement Disorders
  • S. H. Subramony, MD – Neuromuscular Disease, Neurogenetics, Ataxia

Future Events

More information to come!

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