SIGN – Student Interest Group in Neurology


Co-Presidents Conner Angelle & Akanksha Dave
Treasurer Aashay Patel
Faculty Advisor Pouya Ameli & Lauren Fanty

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 treating disorders of the nervous system. To be specific, it involves 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 trials as well as basic and translational research. Neurology, as 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.

For further information regarding neurology residencies in general as well as UF Neurology Residency Program, please contact the SIGN faculty mentors Dr. Ameli or Dr. Fanty.

Shadowing Opportunities

The following physicians have generously offered for students to shadow them in clinic and in the hospital. Shadowing provides a valuable opportunity to explore specialties hands-on, connect with future mentors, and participate in patient care.

The physicians listed below are not an exhaustive list. If you do not see a doctor or subspecialty you are interested in shadowing, or for general inquiries, contact Kelly Martin (Administrative Support Assistant).

Faculty Name Department of Neurology
Pouya Ameli Neurocritical Care
Gabriel Bonnell Vascular Neurology
Maria Bruzzone Epilepsy
Lauren Fanty Movement Disorders
Giridhar Kalamangalam Epilepsy – Division Chief of Epilepsy
Amita Singh Vascular Neurology
Christina Wilson Vascular Neurology – Interim Chief Vascular Neurology Division, Associate Chair of Education, Neurology Residency Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Director

Getting Involved with Research

For updates on current research opportunities in the field of neurology, please see our 2022 Neurology Research Blitz slides, as well as the research page on our residency website. Dr. Ameli and Dr. Fanty are also happy to guide any students with questions relating to neurology research.