Physician Assistant Residency Program in Neurology

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The Physician Assistant Residency Program in Neurology at Cooper University Health Care is a 12-month training program designed to provide advanced training in the field of neurology, with exposure to neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurocritical care, and neuropsychology. Our state-of-the-art hospital provides training facilities for numerous residency programs and medical fellowships. Our department is part of the multidisciplinary, patient-centered Cooper Neurological Institute (CNI), which facilitates a team approach to improving the patients’ experience and outcomes.

Three residents are accepted per year with a rolling admissions start date. Compensation and benefits are offered, including two weeks of vacation, sick days, and holidays.

A combination of evidence-based didactic education and clinical rotations through the various sub-specialties and settings in neurology practice will prepare Physician Assistant residents to graduate from this program with advanced skills in neurologic assessments, diagnoses and management, and procedural skills. A certification will be awarded at the completion of the program through Cooper University Health Care. 

Contact Information

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Jessica Bryson, PA-C
Program Co-Director
Bethann Mercanti, PA-C
Program Co-Director


Phone: 856.342.7695
Fax: 856.968.8766
Address: Cooper University Hospital, Cooper Neurological Institute
Three Cooper Plaza, Suite 320, Camden, NJ 08103


The Physician Assistant Residency Program in Neurology includes rotations through focused didactics and clinical practice.  Residents will receive hands-on education delivered by faculty with expertise in their fields. This includes guided studies and lectures, simulation and skill lab practicals, and modular examinations.

The remaining 11 months of the program consist of clinical inpatient and outpatient rotations.

Neurologic Subspecialties

Other Subspecialties

General Neurology Neurocritical Care
Epilepsy Neuropsychology
Headache Neuroradiology
Movement Disorder Neurosurgery
Neuromuscular Disease Physical Medicine & Rehab
Stroke/Neurovascular Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, & Speech Therapy
Multiple Sclerosis Elective Rotation

Mentor-Guided Final Project –
Choice of One Project

Skills and Competencies

Grand Rounds Presentation – Topic of choice Advanced Neurologic Examination
Quality Improvement Project Clinical Documentation
Research Proposal Lumbar Puncture
  Injections – Nerve Blocks and Botox
  Vagal Nerve Stimulator Programming 



Jessica Bryson, PA-C Evren Burakgazi-Dalkilic, MD Merin F. Campbell, PsyD
Joseph V. Campellone, MD Melissa A. Carran, MD Andrea J. Casher, PsyD
Amy Colcher, MD Bradley P. Grayum, MD Tapan R. Kavi, MD
Sandrine Martin, PA-C Andrew McGarry, MD Bethann Mercanti, PA-C
Thomas R. Mirsen, MD Mark A. Rader, PhD Larisa Syrow, MD
Ryna K. Then, MD Snigdha Weinberg, MD Michael Weston, MD


H. Warren Goldman, MD, PhD Alan R. Turtz, MD, FACS Steven Yocom, DO
Hayan Dayoub, MD Hamza A. Shaikh, MD  

Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation

Elliot B. Bodofsky, MD Stephen J. Cohen, MD Jerrold A. Friedman, MD
Rohini J. Kumar, MD Adam M. Schindelheim, MD  

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and personal statement, along with completed application and three letters of recommendation. This program is open to new graduates, as well as experienced PAs.


  • Successful graduation from an Accredited Physician Assistant Program in the US
  • Successful passing of the PANCE/PANRE
  • Current Physician Assistant certification
  • Current NJ Physician Assistant License
  • Current DEA/CDS
  • Current ACLS