Neuroradiology Fellowship Program

Introduction

The Neuroradiology Fellowship Training program at UAB is an ACGME accredited one-year program based at the University Hospital in Birmingham and The Kirklin Clinic. Fellows will also have a one month rotation at the Children's Hospital located a few blocks away.

The one-year program provides advanced training in all neuroimaging modalities including CT angiogram, CT perfusion, MRA, MR perfusion, MR spectroscopy, Cine CSF flow imaging, head and neck imaging, CT myelography and diagnostic angiography. The program is a well-rounded and varied experience that can serve as a solid foundation for either academic or private practice careers.

A two-year program is available for interested individuals. The second year can be individualized to meet the interests and career goals of the second-year fellow. The curriculum is created through a series of meetings with the fellow, the Program Director and Section Chief, Radiology Residency Program Director, and the Chairman of Radiology, and laid out a year in advance.

Neuroradiology Section

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The Neuroradiology Section at UAB is composed of six full-time and two part-time fellowship trained neuroradiologists. Seven of the neuroradiologists hold Certificates of Added Qualification (CAQ) and one is CAQ eligible. Four fellowship positions are available each year. Fellows fully participate in all clinical, educational and academic activities.

Our faculty members have a wide range of experience, accomplishments, interests, and backgrounds. Members of the section serve on the editorial board of the American Journal of Neuroradiology, as oral examiners for the American Board of Radiology and have co-authored popular textbooks in Neuroradiology. The faculty members and fellows participate actively in annual ASNR, ASHNR and RSNA meetings. There is a strong emphasis on fellow education.

Equipment

The Neuroradiology Section equipment includes:

University Hospital: Neuroangiography - GE Advantx biplane angiography suite, GE OEC C-Arms; MRI - GE 1.5 EchoSpeed, GE 1.5 NVI; CT - two Philips Brillance Power 16 channel CT scanners with SmartPrep and soon one Philips 40 channel scanner.

The Kirklin Clinic: MRI - Siemens 1.0 Expert, GE 1.5 HighSpeed, GE 1.5 TwinSpeed, GE 1.5 EchoSpeed. CT - one GE LightSpeed 16 slice CT scanner, one GE LightSpeed QXi 4 slice CT scanner and one GE CTi single slice CT scanner.

The Veteran's Administration Hospital: MRI - MRI 1.5 LX, CT - GE LightSpeed, Angiography - Toshiba Angiography.

Fellow Responsibilities, Rotations and Call

The fellows work alongside the attendings on all clinical services. Supervision is provided according to the fellow's level of training, however, the fellow is expected to be able to give preliminary reads and call the referring physician regarding emergent or unexpected findings.

The fellows spend one month at Children's hospital and 6 weeks on the Neurointerventional service. The fellows rotate at UH-CT, UH-MRI and Kirklin Clinic for the remainder of the year on a weekly basis.

Neuro_3Fellows are put on the call schedule after one month into the program and usually take call one week out of every four weeks. Weekday call is pager call only. The in-house first-call resident reads all emergency Neuroradiology CT studies and second-call resident reads any emergency Neuroradiology MRI studies. The on-call fellow and attending read all neuro inpatient and emergency studies on weekend mornings.

Fellows are expected to teach residents rotating through neuroradiology. Each fellow prepares a teaching conference for the residents several times a year. Fellows are also expected to become involved in research projects during their fellowship. It is expected that these projects lead to scientific articles and presentations at scientific meetings.

To help develop the academic skills necessary to produce such projects, close supervision is provided in the development phase of projects as well as the writing and presentation of the completed work. Research is mostly clinical in nature rather than in the basic science area. However, extensive resources are available for a broad variety of research according to the interests of the fellow. In addition to our experienced clinical faculty, we have a large physics group with varied interests and experience. Extensive computer and statistical resources are also available.

Estimated monthly average of exams stats:  CT  2600   –   MRI 1400   –   Angio 400

Salary and Benefits

Salary, conference time, vacation time, and sick leave are fringe benefits that are competitive with other fellowship programs. The 2013-2014 salary for PGY-6 fellows will be $57,173.00. Fellows are on the same footing as faculty members in choosing vacation days, making vacation time generally flexible. A generous book and travel allowance is also provided.

Standard comprehensive health insurance plans and other general amenities are provided by the UAB Hospital Foundation.


Teaching and Multi-disciplinary Conferences

The fellowship is also supported by an outstanding general diagnostic radiology residency program with daily didactic conferences (including 3 to 4 neuroradiology didactic lectures and case conferences) held for residents and fellows at 12 noon-1.30 pm in the Tishler conference room.

Some of the most beautiful suburbs in the United States surround the city, making Birmingham a wonderful place to live and raise a family. With its picturesque surroundings, Birmingham has been recognized as an "All American City", one of the top ten American cities to live and work, and one of the top ten entrepreneurial and job growth hot spots in America. Recently, the U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded Birmingham its Most Livable City designation. The cost of living in Birmingham compares very favorably to cities in other regions of the country.

Because of its rapid growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Birmingham possesses an international flavor and ethnic diversity that are unusual to the South. This diversity has been enhanced in the last two decades by the phenomenal growth of UAB. Health care and education have replaced other types of industry as Birmingham's economic base, and UAB is now the state's leading employer. With this economic explosion come the trappings of refinement and opportunity in the form of the shopping, dining, and night life that Birmingham has to offer. The combination of pleasant weather, geography, culture, activities, and lifestyle all make this city a wonderful place to live and practice medicine.

Our program is an ACGME accredited program, and we participate in the NRMP match. Please click on the link to our UAB Application that our institution requires be used for Graduate Medical Education.

When applying please include your application, your CV, a small picture, a personal statement, and copies of your medical school diploma and USLME scores and ECFMG certificate if applicable. We also request four letters of recommendation (one to be from your residency program director and one from your medical school dean's office). Please email all documentation to Pauline Ford-Caesar, the fellowship coordinator.  No applications will be considered until all required documents have been received.

 


Neuroradiology Faculty

Asim K. Bag, MD - Assistant Professor

Philip R. Chapman, MD - Assistant Professor; Chief, Neuroradiology

Joel K. Curé, MD - Professor

Dirk Rehder, MD - Assistant Professor

Glenn H. Roberson, MD - Professor,  Program Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program

Joseph C. Sullivan, III, MD - Assistant Professor, Program Director, Radiology Residency Program; Assistant Program Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program

Surjith Vattoth, MD - Assistant Professor


Contact Information:

Glenn H. Roberson, M.D., Program Director   |   Pauline Ford-Caesar, Program Coordinator
Department of Radiology - University of Alabama Hospital
619 19th Street South - JT N419 - Birmingham, Alabama 35249-6830
(Tel) 205.934.3144 - (Fax) 205.975.9262
groberson@uabmc.edu  | pfcaesar@uabmc.edu