Welcome from the Chair


standaert_coatDear Prospective Resident: 
 
Thank you for your interest in the UAB Neurology Residency Program.  Recent advancements in technology have made Neurology an even more exciting career choice, as we have the opportunity to unravel the mysteries of the brain and nervous system and treat patients with neurological disorders more effectively than ever before.  You have a lifelong learning opportunity ahead, and we are pleased that you are considering beginning the next step in this journey at UAB. 
 
I believe strongly that the residency program is at the heart of any great department, and we take the responsibility of training the next generation of neurologists very seriously. Our faculty truly enjoy teaching our residents, postdoctoral fellows, and house staff, and their enthusiasm and love of learning are contagious. 
 
UAB is a large, dynamic and rapidly expanding academic medical center. Our 1000, bed state-of-the-art UAB Hospital offers the finest care for patients in all disciplines, and research, clinical care and teaching opportunities are unsurpassed. Our new $350 million UAB Hospital North Pavilion provides a high-tech facility with all new operating rooms, ICU's, catheterization/imaging/interventional suites, and an Emergency Department covering almost a full square block. We have a new 26-bed Neurological ICU, as well as a new Neurosciences Unit containing hospital floor beds on the 8th floor that is connected via a sky bridge to our other Neurosciences Unit on the 8th floor of the West Pavilion. We have more than 2,000 Neurology admissions per year representing the full spectrum of acute and tertiary referral neurological disorders, and we have a very close working relationship with our outstanding Divisions of Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, and Neuropathology, as well as other closely allied departments such as Medicine, Psychiatry, and Rehabilitation Medicine, to name a few. 
 
Our faculty outpatient practices are contained in The Kirklin Clinic where we encounter over 24,000 neurological outpatient visits annually. The University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, the faculty practice plan of UAB School of Medicine, is one of the largest and most successful academic multi-specialty clinics in the nation. UAB ranks in the top 20 nationally in research funding from the NIH, and our goal is to be in the top 10.  We have strong institutional commitments to support vigorous growth in the Neurosciences, having doubled the size of the Neurology Faculty to nearly 50 in the last 5 years.  Funding for the Neurosciences has grown by over 200% since 2003 and continues to climb.  In 2010 UAB Neurology and Neurosurgery were ranked among the top programs in the country by US News & World Report.
 
In 2003 we moved into Phase I of the Sparks Neurosciences Building renovation, where we have new administrative offices, a new Residency Program Office Suite and a beautiful new state-of-the-art Neurology Library and Learning Resource Center connected to the Residency Program Suite. Four other floors that were being renovated are also finished now for consolidation of our Neurology faculty, staff and house staff offices, as well as the EMG/EEG/Neurophysiology Laboratories, clinical research units, and laboratories. Additionally, we have 15,000 square feet of new laboratory space for disease-related neuroscience research that opened in June 2006.
 
We offer our Neurology Residents unsurpassed opportunities for training in clinical care, research and teaching. We encourage all of our residents to get involved in some form of research (clinical or laboratory) during their 2nd and 3rd year of Neurology training so they can learn the science and methodology of research, as well as make scientific presentations at national and international meetings that should lead to publications. Our fellowship programs are rapidly expanding; we have or will have postdoctoral fellowships in all subspecialty areas that, where applicable, lead to board certification. 
 
Perhaps as important as all of the above are the outstanding camaraderie and cooperative spirit that exist throughout the department, and each day we are truly excited about and look forward to coming to work. Furthermore, we all take pride in our department and institution.  Excellence and mutual respect for one another are our standards. 
 
Birmingham is a beautiful city that offers an excellent quality of life and living environment.  It is truly an exciting place to work and learn, and I hope that you will visit us if UAB sounds like a place that might be a good fit for you.
 
Best wishes in your search and career, 
 
David G. Standaert, MD, PhD
John N. Whitaker Professor and Chair
UAB Department of Neurology