UAB Neurology residents participate in two continuity clinics during their training.

Birmingham VA Hospital Neurology Clinic

Currently, PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents have a half day of clinic at the VA on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. PGY-4 residents have a half day of clinic on Friday morning. Residents on every rotation are excused from their inpatient duties to attend their continuity clinic. The clinic is busy as it is the only general neurology clinic in Alabama offered to Veterans with the VA Health System.

Cooper Green Neurology Clinic

PGY-2 residents also participate in a half-day (Friday afternoon) of continuity clinic at Cooper Green Hospital. As with the VA, PGY-2 residents are excused from inpatient duties to attend this clinic. This is a “safety-net clinic” for the indigent, underserved or uninsured patients. Because of limited resources, patients present to clinic at advanced stages of both common and uncommon neurological disorders.

Aside from the continuity clinics at the VA and Cooper Green, most of residents’ outpatient time is spent in the Kirklin Clinic. During the PGY-1 and PGY-2 year, residents will have one month per year dedicated to outpatient rotation at the Kirklin Clinic. In addition to general neurology clinic, there will be opportunities to participate in subspecialty clinics that include stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, cognitive disorders and behavioral neurology, neuromuscular medicine, neuroimmunology, headache and pain medicine. Throughout the month, residents are free to create a personalized schedule to match their specific interests in neurology.

During the PGY-4 year of training, residents spend one month each in neuroimmunology, movement disorders and cognitive/behavioral neurology clinics. These rotations allow the residents to hone their skills in these specialties that are primarily outpatient. The residents see the complete range of patients in these specialties while working with multiple subspecialists in each clinic.

Behavioral neurology Clinic

UAB Memory Disorders Clinic provides state-of-the-art care for patients with a variety of neurological disorders affecting cognition and behavior, including age-related memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s-related cognitive impairment, vascular dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and other related conditions.

Movement Disorders clinic

Movement Disorders Clinic specializes in neurological disorders that affect movement, such as Parkinson's disease and other Parkinsonian disorders, essential tremor and other tremor disorders, dystonia, tics and Tourette syndrome, myoclonus, ataxias, and other movement disorders. The clinic offer comprehensive diagnostic services and utilize a full range of treatment approaches including medications, physical, occupational and speech therapy, deep brain stimulation surgery, neuropsychological evaluations and treatment, botulinum toxin injection therapy for dystonia, spasticity and other movement disorders and clinical trials testing new medical and surgical therapies, including "neuroprotective therapies" for Parkinson’s Disease.

Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

Patient care services provided in the Adult MS Clinic include evaluation, diagnosis, and comprehensive management of MS and other immune-based disorders of the central nervous system (CNS), such as neuromyelitis optica, optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, CNS vasculitis and neurological complications of systemic immune-mediated disorders. The Division of Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis also provides specialized services through Transverse Myelitis Clinic, Neuro-Rheumatology Clinic, Neuro-Infectious Disease and Neuro-HIV Clinics, Transplant Neurology Clinic and Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Clinic.

The neuromuscular rotation is a 3-month rotation during the PGY-3 year. Throughout the rotation, residents perform and interpret between 150 and 200 EMGs/NCSs under the supervision of board-certified electrophysiologists. Additionally, residents also interpret repetitive nerve stimulation studies (Jolly tests), single-fiber EMGs, blink reflex exams, and evoked potential studies. Our residents confidently perform these tests to assess patients with peripheral nerve and muscle problems. Residents perform enough studies that they feel comfortable starting out in private practice without need for an additional year of fellowship training, if they choose to do so.

The Department of Ophthalmology is located at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, which is part of the UAB Health System. During the PGY-4 year, residents spend one month in neuro-ophthalmology. In addition to participating in clinic, residents also have the opportunity to see various ophthalmologic surgical procedures. The Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital is the only specialized ophthalmology hospital in the state of Alabama providing residents many opportunities to see rare neuro-ophthalmologic pathology.