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Advanced Practice Providers Program

APP program Duke Neurology

The Duke Neurology Advanced Practice Provider Program is a one-year post-graduate residency for licensed nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA). Graduates of an accredited NP or PA program are eligible. Residents will be educated in general neurological principals and be capable of working in a general or subspecialty neurology practice upon completion. There will be experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Our graduates will be highly marketable as the need for these specialty-trained practitioners is great and increasing.


"I am happy that during my first year of clinical practice, I will be learning from so many experts in the Duke community. The challenging range of cases in the inpatient setting appeals to me as well. Finally, I am inspired by the directors of the program and the neurology faculty who have agreed to participate in my training." - Holly O'Sullivan, PA-C, MHS, 2015-2016 APP resident

Program oversight

Co-program directors are:

Joel Morgenlander, MD; Program Director. Professor of Neurology and Orthopaedic Surgery. Morgenlander directed the residency program at Duke Neurology for 20 years. He also has extensive experience nationally in organizing residency and fellowship training, working with organizations such as the American Academy of Neurology, Association of University Professors of Neurology and the ACGME.

Robert Blessing, ACNP, DNP: Associate Program Director. Mr. Blessing serves as the consulting Associate Professor for the ACNP program in the Duke Nursing School and has experience in developing national and international advanced practice programs.

Bryan Walker, MHS, PA-C: Associate Program Director. Mr. Walker has extensive experience as a PA in Neurology practice and has had teaching leadership roles both at George Washington University and Duke.

Program outline

Residents will begin the residency program by attending the same core lectures as the Duke Neurology physician residents which review all common topics in neurology including neurological emergencies. Dr. Morgenlander will review the neurological examination in detail with the residents and then observe them evaluating each other and patients.


Didactics during the residency include:

  •     Weekly Neurology Grand Rounds (Category 1 CME)
  •     Neuroscience Lecture Series- review of faculty derived topics
  •     Interesting Case Conference- clinical review of cases
  •     Subspecialty conferences as available

Program rotations

Residents will have month-long rotations with neurology faculty and APPs in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Sufficient clinical volume exists in our Duke Neurology programs to support physician and APP Neurology residency programs. Rotations will include time with the following services:

  • General Neurology
  • Headache
  • Movement disorders
  • Memory disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Inpatient General Neurology
  • Inpatient Stroke
  • Inpatient Consultative Neurology
  • Neurological testing: including electromyography and nerve conduction study, electroencephalography, sleep studies and neurovascular is included in rotations.
  • Elective


Each rotation will have goals and objectives followed by an evaluation. Co-program directors will meet with the resident to review evaluations, clinical progress, and for career planning quarterly.

Program benefits

  •     3 weeks of vacation
  •     1 week equivalent for interviews or for CME
  •     Malpractice covered.

How to Apply

To be eligible for the Duke Neurology APP residency program, applicants

  • Must have graduated from an accredited NP or PA program
  • Must have national board certification as a NP or PA
  • Must be eligible for licensure as a NP or PA in North Carolina

Priority will be given to applicants who commit to a 24-month minimum term of employment at Duke University in the Department of Neurology at competitive salaries immediately following the residency. The program will accept 2 APP residents each year who begin the program in the summer or immediately after graduation. We will accept new graduates as well as experienced APPs.

To apply, submit the following documents to Joel Morgenlander:

  • Completed application form (download below)
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from a supervising physician
  • One page statement of interest in postgraduate training in neurology


Joel Morgenlander, MD
Professor of Neurology and Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke Department of Neurology
3394 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710

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