Welcome and thank you for your interest in the UAB Child Neurology residency program! Our ACGME-accredited, five-year categorical program is designed to educate and empower trainees to be well-trained, patient-centered child neurologists. Training is based on supervised clinical work with increasing responsibility for outpatients and inpatients over time. Applications for the Child Neurology residency program are accepted through ERAS only. Applicants do NOT need to separately apply to the UAB Pediatric Residency Program for the Child Neurology position.

Our program offers two categorical resident positions each year. Almost all residents complete two years of training in pediatrics prior to the initiation of training in child neurology. Our graduates are eligible to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Board of Pediatrics board examinations.

After completing two years of training in general pediatrics at UAB/Children’s of Alabama, our trainees complete 12 months of adult neurology training where they focus on the evaluation and management of patients with a wide array of neuropathology at University Hospital, the Birmingham VA Medical Center, and Kirklin Clinic. During the PGY-3 year, our trainees also begin taking care of patients in their weekly pediatric neurology continuity clinic. In the PGY-4 year, our trainees return to Children’s of Alabama and learn from patients and their families in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. During the PGY-5 year, trainees spend one month on our inpatient service “pre-tending” and have the opportunity to design the remainder of the year in a way that best suit their interests and future endeavors. We offer a variety of outpatient clinic opportunities, electives, research/QI activities, and we encourage our PGY-5s to focus on how to best prepare for board certification and a career after graduation from our program.

During the PGY-3, PGY-4, and PGY-5 years, trainees attend a variety of educational conferences hosted by both the UAB Division of Pediatric Neurology and the UAB Department of Neurology. They also attend weekly Grand Rounds at Children’s of Alabama and UAB Department of Neurology Grand Rounds.

Lastly, our diverse faculty of child neurologists enjoy teaching motivated, well-rounded trainees. We believe in the power of mentorship and lifelong learning. We are a close-knit group of child neurologists who enjoy Birmingham as it is a thriving, affordable city for individuals with a variety of interests outside of work! Thank you again for your time and interest in our program. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about our program.


Dr. Tony McGrath and Dr. Sarah Novara

Pediatric Neurology at Children's of Alabama

Children's of Alabama is the only free-standing pediatric hospital in Alabama. It is one of the 10 busiest hospitals in the nation. With over 15,000 inpatient admissions and over 670,000 outpatient visits annually, you will get plenty of exposure! 

The neurology service at Children's of Alabama provides a very well rounded experience. In 2018, the division had almost 9,000 outpatient clinic visits and over 1,000 inpatient consults. You will assist in the care of hospital patients as a member of our consultation service. You will also attend general neurology and neurology sub-specialty clinics with all of the attendings.

On the pediatric neurology rotation, you will take home call for pediatric neurology at Children's of Alabama. There are several in-house pediatric residents on-call every night who cross-cover on patients who have been consulted on by neurology. Your role will be to provide backup and assistance (almost exclusively over-the-phone) to the in-house residents, Children's ER and other providers outside of our system. Of course, the attendings are always available as your back up when necessary.

Pediatric Neurology Faculty

Our Team

Tony McGrath, M.D.

Tony McGrath, M.D.

Residency Program Director

Sarah Novara, M.D.

Sarah Novara, M.D.

Assistant Residency Program Director

Charmaine Echols

Charmaine Echols

Residency Program Coordinator