Dear Prospective Neurology Resident:
Welcome to the UAB Neurology Residency Program! It’s nice to have you in Birmingham. Thank you for coming to interview with us. We know that interview season is a busy time, and we appreciate that you have taken the time to come visit UAB. We all believe that UAB is a wonderful place to train, and we hope that you will agree by the end of your interview day on Thursday.
UAB Hospital is a state-of-the art facility with over 1100 patient care beds, and is the third largest public hospital in the U.S. This year, UAB Hospital was ranked in the top 40 Best Hospitals for Adult Neurology and Neurosurgery by U.S. News and World report. Our stroke center has also recently received Comprehensive Stroke Center designation. We have specialists in neurocritical care, epilepsy, dementia, movement disorders, headache, clinical neurophysiology, neuroimmunology, and neuro-oncology.
Our residents are excited about learning neurology, and are excited about our program. Our department places great importance on clinical training as well as didactic lectures, and teaching is emphasized by our faculty. Our training program offers a good balance between clinical duties, time for study, and research activities. The clinical services are busy and offer trainees exposure to a variety of neurologic diseases encompassing all subspecialties of neurology. Residents also have the opportunity to be actively engaged in research activities, and many residents present their research at national meetings and in publications.
We also believe that Birmingham is a wonderful place in which to live. Birmingham was ranked by Forbes as America’s Most Affordable City in 2015, and is unique in that it has a “small town feel” with big city amenities. Birmingham is home to a newly built stadium for our minor league baseball team, the Birmingham Barons, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, at least four microbreweries, as well as numerous food festivals, music festivals, and marathons throughout the year. Our city’s restaurant scene is quickly becoming nationally known (Zagat named Birmingham as America’s No. 1 Next Hot Food City), and we are home to multiple James Beard nominated chefs and restaurants as well as world-famous barbeque. If you prefer outdoor activities, we have multiple state parks and nature parks within close driving distance that are well suited for hikes and outdoor walks, two lakes within an hour drive of the city, and Alabama’s largest botanical gardens right inside the city.
So, check us out. We think you will agree that this is a great place to live and learn Neurology.
Khurram Bashir, MD, MPH
Professor and Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Training Program
Director, Division of Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis