Letter from Chief Resident
Dear Prospective Applicant,
We welcome your interest in the PM&R Residency Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Headquartered at Spain Rehabilitation Center, our program offers the stability and comfort of a thirty-year-old medium-sized residency, with an established yet continually evolving didactic and clinical program.
Spain Rehabilitation Center (SRC) houses approximately 47 inpatient beds with services dedicated to Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedic/Trauma, and Stroke rehabilitation. SRC is among an elite group of programs that have been nationally designated as a Model System in both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury. SRC is attached to the main UAB Hospital which enables us to have access to all the specialty services available at UAB. At Children's Hospital we have an established Pediatric Rehabilitation Program with both inpatient and outpatient services. Spain also houses the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) which supervises and directs the collection, management, and analysis of the world's largest spinal cord injury database.
Our outpatient clinical experiences reflect the growing diversity of opportunities in outpatient clinical practice within the field of PM&R. We rotate through outpatient clinics in spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke as well as clinics in occupational medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, electrodiagnostics, and spine care. We receive hands on training in performing procedures including peripheral joint injections, Botox injections for spasticity management, intrathecal Baclofen pump management, as well as interventional pain procedures. Additionally each resident has a weekly continuity clinic which provides a valuable experience in both long-term follow-up of rehabilitation patients, new patient referrals, spine care, and the practical aspects of efficient clinical practice.
During most rotations, residents are one-on-one with faculty members, facilitating informal lectures and bedside teaching. Our faculty includes a diverse mixture of attending physicians encompassing both clinical and research interests. Ample opportunities for research are available with funding available for research and to present at conferences. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains life in Birmingham is quite enjoyable, with various nightlife attractions as well as family entertainment. This historic city has developed into a metropolis in the midst of a beautiful Southern landscape. We currently have 12 residents representing both the single life and those with families. We are a very close group and frequently spend time together outside of residency. Of course the only way to truly judge our program and Birmingham is to come see it for yourself, and I hope you will. We encourage you to use our program as a comparison to all others.