What makes UAB’s Neurosurgery Residency Program distinctive is our research-intensive paradigm. From the first year through the last day of training, UAB neurosurgery residents are schooled in evidence-based practice and clinical outcomes research. Mentored by faculty and supported by the Office of Clinical Research under the direction of Beverly Walters, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, our residents are trained in scientific inquiry and are expected to conduct research and publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. Resident-directed projects and publications have increased from 11 in 2009 to 75 in 2012.

This is not merely an academic exercise. It is an educational philosophy that produces highly skilled and intellectually curious neurosurgeons who are prepared to practice in any setting: academia, industry and community practice.

To sustain this endeavor, we have established the Neurosurgery Resident Education Fund, and seek current-use gifts to support all of our residents as Clinical Research Scholars at $25,000 each. These funds underwrite clinical research projects, travel to scientific conferences and other related activities that contribute to resident training.

Gifts at every level make a difference. Gifts of $25,000 and up offer a naming opportunity at the donor’s discretion, i.e. the John and Mary Jones Clinical Research Scholar in Neurosurgery. Ultimately, we seek to endow the program at $7.5 million, which will produce investment income that will sustain the Clinical Research Scholars program in perpetuity.

Click here for the Clinical Research Scholars Program brochure.

For more information: Leon H. Ryan III, director of Development for the Department of Neurosurgery; 205-996-0127; leonryan@uab.edu