Neurology Residency Program

Welcome New and Prospective Residents

Welcome to the Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC) Neurology Residency Program in Palm Springs, CA. This is a 4-year program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); application for ACGME accreditation is anticipated by 2020. Our faculty includes physicians of allopathic and osteopathic backgrounds. Residents will have an uncommon experience of training where Neurology and Neurosurgery are not separate departments, but one Neuroscience team. The goal is to graduate neurologists who elevate an evidence-based platform to construct intelligently-individualized assessment and care, with patient-centered interest and reliable integrity.

We accept four residents per year, with the first class instated in July of 2015. The transitional first year emphasizes experience across a spectrum of general and subspecialty medicine, intensive care and surgical rotations. It includes neurology and neurosurgery as well as ongoing didactic clinical neuroscience education from day one.

Neurological education throughout the four years includes:

  • 4 months of concentrated outpatient neurology
  • 15 months of concentrated inpatient neurology
  • 4 years of weekly continuity clinic
  • 1 month of neurocritical care with dedicated neurointensivists and a dedicated neuro ICU
  • 1 month of psychiatry
  • 1 month of neuroradiology
  • 1 month of neuropathology
  • 1 month of neuro-ophthalmology
  • 1 month of clinical neurophysiology (EMG/nerve conduction, EEG, evoked potentials)
  • 1 month of epilepsy
  • 3 months of pediatric neurology
  • 1 month of research and quality improvement
  • 8 months of electives, which may include our active neurointerventional service, visiting rotations in outside facilities, or additional time in any of the above categories

Sincerely,
Glenn M. Fischberg, M.D.


Portrait Photo of Glenn M. FischbergGlenn M. Fischberg, M.D.

Program Director
Desert Regional Medical Center Neurology Residency

Current Position: Neurointensivist/Hospital Neurologist, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Adult Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Fellowship: Cerebrovascular Diseases, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Los Angeles, CA

Residency: Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Medical Degree: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY


Robert J. Claycomb, MD, PhD

Associate Program Director
Desert Regional Medical Center Neurology Residency

Current Positions:  Core Faculty- Neurology, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Fellowship: University of California San Diego

Residency: Neurology and Medicine, Yale- New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Medical Degree: 

  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine Farmington, CT
    Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy May 2011
    Honors: Peer Teaching Award for the Science Mentoring Program
  • Boston University Boston, MA
    BA in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude May 1999
    Honors: Robert E Cohen Award for Interdisciplinary Studies

Luis T. Arangua, MDLuis T. Arangua, MD

Core Faculty
Desert Regional Medical Center Neurology Residency

Current Positions:  Core Faculty – Neurology, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, United Council for Neurological Subspecialties – Neuroimaging, American Stroke Association NIH Stroke Certification – Group Test C

Fellowship:  Neurophysiology Fellowship, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA, Neuroimaging Fellowship, Dent Neurologic Institute, Amherst, NY, Interventional Neuroradiology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Vascular Neurology Fellowship, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Residency: Neurology Residency, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA

Medical Degree: M.D., Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA


Thomas J. Clark, D.O.

Current Position: Core Faculty – Neurology, Desert Regional Medical Center, Stroke Director

Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, United Council for Neurological Subspecialties – Neuroimaging, American Stroke Association NIH Stroke Certification – Group Test C

Residency: Neurology Residency, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Medical Degree: D.O., New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY


Pedram Navab, D.O.

Current Position: Core Faculty – Neurology, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Sleep Medicine
  • Fellow, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine
  • Certified ImPACT consultant for concussion management (CIC)
  • Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California:

Residency: Neurology, the University of Arizona

Education:

  • BA, University of California, Irvine (English (cum laude; Humanities Honors Program))
  • MA, Brown University (Modern Culture & Media)
  • JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (Health Law and Intellectual Property

 Medical Degree: D.O., Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA


First Year Residents

 

Second Year Residents

Third Year Residents

The Department of Neurology participates exclusively with the American Osteopathic Association National Matching Service and can be found on the Electronic Residency Application Service. You may apply through the dean’s office at your medical school, or through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Interviews

Scheduled on Fridays November through December, and are offered to applicants who have submitted an application through ERAS. (Applications sent by fax or email will not be reviewed.)

The interview day starts at 11:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. The itinerary includes:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Lunch with the residents
  • Didactic lecture
  • Interviews with faculty
  • Interview with the program leadership
  • Tour of DRMC and ICON

Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

  • DRMC training programs are competitive and do not meet the hard to fill criteria required for Visa (Temporary TN work status, temporary H-1B and J-1) sponsorship.
  • Passing scores on the first attempt of COMLEX steps 1 and 2 are required.
  • A minimum of two months of U.S. clinical experience is preferred but not required. Observer ships are not considered clinical experience.
  • Applicants should have graduated from medical school within five years and must meet the accreditation requirements of the American Osteopathic Association for licensure.
  • ECFMG certification is not required at the time your application is submitted but is required to start residency.

Neurology Curriculum

The curriculum for Desert Regional Medical Center has been designed to meet AOA accreditation standards and utilize the clinical strengths of the hospital faculty to produce quality trained physicians.  Rotations marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a rotation requirement of the AOA in OGME-1. The hospital has elected to use a monthly calendar as the basis for rotations as opposed to a 13, four-week arrangement for rotations.

OGME YEAR 1:
General Internal Medicine* Three (3) Months
ICU/CCU* One (1) Months
Cardiology* One (1) Months
Surgery Selective* One (1) Months
Emergency Medicine* One (1) Months
Neurology* Two (2) Months
Internal Medicine Electives* Two (2) Months
Elective One (1) Months
OGME YEAR 2:
Adult Neurology (Outpatient) Two (2) Months
Adult Neurology (Inpatient) Five (5) Months
Neurology Intensive Care Unit One (1) Months
Psychiatry One (1) Months
Neuro-Radiology One (1) Months
Neuro-Ophthalmology One (1) Months
Electives One (1) Months
OGME YEAR 3:
Neuropathology One (1) Months
Clinical Neurophysiology One (1) Months
Child and Adolescent Neurology Two (2) Months
Adult Neurology (Inpatient) Two (2) Months
Epilepsy One (1) Months
Research and Quality Improvement One (1) Months
Electives Three (3) Months
OGME YEAR 4:
Adult Neurology (Inpatient) Six (6) Months
Adult Neurology (Outpatient) Two (2) Months
Child and Adolescent Neurology One (1) Months
Electives Three (3) Months

Neurology Residency Program Faculty

Neurology Program Director

  • Glenn Fischberg, MD

Core Neurology Faculty

  • Glenn Fischberg, MD
  • Robert Claycomb,MD
  • Luis T. Arangua,MD
  • Thomas Clark,DO
  • Pedram Navab,DO

Non-Core Neurology Faculty

  • Aziz Ander, MD
  • Philip Ente, MD (Epilepsy)
  • Bhagwan Moorjani, MD (Pediatric Neurology)

Adjunct Teaching Faculty

  • Javed Siddiqi, MD (Neurosurgery)
  • Rosalinda Menoni (Neurosurgery)
  • Blake Berman, DO (Neurosurgery)
  • Vladimir Cortez, DO (Neurosurgery)
  • Hetal Bhakta, MD (Cardiology)
  • Suneil Agarwal, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Jeff Baker, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Andrew Givner, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Babak Khazaeni, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Jacqueline Le, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Michelle Mouri, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Ryan Roten, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Joel Stillings, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Micah Wittler, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Shubha Kerkar, MD (Infectious Disease)
  • Neerja Kaul, MD (Medicine)
  • Peter Kopelevich, MD (Medicine)
  • Gerald Martin, MD (Medicine)
  • Nicholas Batty, MD (Oncology)
  • Scott Brook, MD (Oncology)
  • Nora Bucher, MD (Oncology)
  • Elber Camacho, MD (Oncology)
  • Brahma Konda, MD (Oncology)
  • Learned Gonzales, MD (Pulmonary Critical Care)