In partnership with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the Baptist Health Neurology Residency aims to train neurologists ready to serve their community and contribute to academic pursuits.

The Neurology Residency curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and clinical skills in general neurology and neurology subspecialties, as well as train residents in scientific pursuit, continuous quality improvement and scientific literature appraisal. Program graduates are prepared to pursue specialty training or enter the workforce as neurologists in both community and academic settings.

The program is based at Baptist Health’s flagship hospital, Baptist Hospital of Miami – an over 900-bed facility that houses Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Miami Neuroscience Institute – and is integrated to include the PGY-1 Internal Medicine preliminary year.

Program Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) ID: 1801100002

Program Size

PGY-1: 4
PGY-2: 4
PGY-3: 4
PGY-4: 4

Diego Torres-Russotto, M.D.

Program Director

Diego Torres-Russotto, M.D.
Claudia Pace

GME Program Supervisor

Claudia Pace


Featured Training Sites

Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital

The flagship facility of Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami has been one of the most respected medical centers in South Florida since its founding in 1960 and is today one of America’s most preferred medical centers. With more than 900 beds, it is the largest of Baptist Health’s 12 hospitals. Three Centers of Excellence are housed on the campus: Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region) and Miami Neuroscience Institute. Baptist Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. It is also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and received the Gold Seal of Approval for consistently meeting high national standards of stroke care. Baptist Hospital was ranked #1 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area for the 2023-2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking.

Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute

Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute

Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute, part of Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care, is invested in cutting-edge technology and focused on providing the most advanced techniques and treatments. We have over two dozen physicians across eight locations and perform over 1,500 surgeries each year. We’re also dedicated to advancing care through research. Our team offers more than 30 clinical research studies, bringing the latest treatments to Miami-Dade and surrounding counties.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 800 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 307-bed hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Must pass USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, or COMLEX 1 and 2, before February 1
  • International Medical Graduate (IMG) applicants must have a valid ECFMG certificate before the start of residency
  • Must be eligible to register as a resident physician with the state of Florida
  • Please note: At this time, we will be sponsoring J-1 visas.

Application Requirements

  • ERAS Common Application
  • USMLE Steps 1 and 2
  • Dean’s letter or Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Written personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation from physicians who are familiar with the applicant’s professionalism and clinical skills
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) certification, if applicable, by February 1
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? AAMC ERAS
  • When are applications accepted? September through November
  • When are candidate interviews? October through January
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? March via NRMP
  • When does the program start? July

Rotation Schedule

Core Rotations

Our program curriculum incorporates several block rotations typically lasting several weeks, giving trainees exposure to a variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Inpatient Medicine (4 blocks)
4 weeks
Outpatient Medicine (2 blocks)
4 weeks
Emergency Medicine (1 block)
4 weeks
Intensive Care Unit (1 block)
4 weeks
Neurology Consultation Service (1 block)
4 weeks
Inpatient Neurology (1 block)
4 weeks
Neurology Outpatient Elective (1 block)
4 weeks
Stroke (1 block)
4 weeks

Elective Rotations

We offer a variety of inpatient and outpatient electives. Through our mentorship and scholarly support programs, we help our residents tailor their educational experience to best fit their future career plans.
Behavioral Medicine
4 weeks
4 weeks
Headache & General Neurology
4 weeks
Movement Disorders
4 weeks
4 weeks
4 weeks

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