To become a highly qualified, certified neurology specialist, one must first complete a number of specific educational requirements. The first step is earning an undergraduate degree. While no specific major is required, it is beneficial to concentrate on the areas of biology, chemistry, physics or pre-med to meet requirements for admission into medical school. Medical school is the next step, an aspiring neurologist is required to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree at an accredited medical school. Dr. Gallo earned his medical degree at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, graduating in 1985.
Along with a one year medical internship, medical licensing exams, and other outside experience, completion of a residency program is another essential step towards becoming an experienced neurologist. Residency programs last three years and involve direct patient care, lectures, case studies, simulation, and web-based training. Helping individuals gain experience with an assortment of neurological disorders including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and movement disorders. Dr. Gallo completed internal medicine and neurology residencies at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His neurology training was under the supervision of Department Chairman, Walter G. Bradley DM, FRCP.
For advanced training in a particular subspecialty of neurology, an individual may consider a fellowship program at a hospital or university medical facility in order to become that sub-specialist. A fellowship program will typically last one to two years. Through the program, individuals choose a mentor and are provided with extensive work and research opportunities with esteemed medical teams. Fellowships are available in multiple specialized areas of neurology including epilepsy and neurophysiology. Under the mentoring of R. Eugene Ramsay, M.D. and Cosimo Ajmone-Marsan, M.D., Dr. Bruno Gallo completed his Epilepsy/EEG neurophysiology fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He also completed the Bowman-Gray mini epilepsy fellowship under the direction of J. Kiffin Penry, M.D.