The VA neurology service covers both neurology inpatients and neurology consults at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. The inpatient service includes a bed devoted to 24-hour EEG monitoring for epilepsy patients. The service is staffed by a VA neurology attending, a senior neurology resident, a PGY-2 neurology resident, possibly one or two rotating residents (often psychiatry residents), and a few medical students.
The upper level neurology resident performs EMGs two half-days per week. Besides attending a continuity clinic at the VA, residents also attend a VA staff attending subspecialty clinic five half-days per week. Because of this extra clinic, you will not have your Cooper Green continuity clinic during the VA rotation.
Because the VA Hospital is located just across the street from University Hospital, residents can easily and quickly walk across the street to attend the lectures and conferences. The VA service is a very realistic neurology experience because you will take care of inpatients, perform consults, read EEGs, perform EMGs, and go to clinics all in the same rotation!