How many child neurology residency positions are available for academic year 2019-2020?

As of the 2019 match, we will be offering two “categorical” child neurology positions. This is a five-year training program which includes two years of general pediatrics, one year of adult neurology, and two years of child neurology training.

Do applicants need to apply separately thru ERAS for the Pediatrics portion of Child Neurology residency?

Applicants do not need to apply to the Pediatric Residency Program for the Child Neurology position.

What is your program timeline for applicants and interviews?

Registration on ERAS for the 2019 Match will open in early September 2018 and we will start receiving applications in mid-September 2018. We will be issuing invitations to interview at UAB starting in the latter part of September 2018. Please note that we are no longer accepting applications.  All of our anticipated interview dates are prior to January 1st, 2019. We look forward to meeting applicants!

What is the interview process?

Applications are accepted through ERAS and reviewed by the program director and assistant program director. Interviews are performed in a one-day format and are combined with the UAB Pediatric Residency Program. In addition to meeting faculty and trainees from UAB Pediatrics and UAB Child Neurology, applicants who interview with us also have the opportunity to meet the UAB Adult Neurology Program Director (and chief residents if possible) towards the end of the interview day.

Do you sponsor visa's?

Yes, UAB sponsors J-1 visas for clinical training programs. You must have a valid ECFMG certificate.

Are there any other specific requirements for IMGs?

Yes, an applicant must meet Alabama Board of Medical Examiner requirements for State License. Must have completed USMLE steps 1-3 within 7 years of first attempt.

What can I expect on the inpatient child neurology rotation?

Our inpatient child neurology team is made up of a child neurology attending, child neurology PGY-4 (or PGY-5 if pre-tending month), at least one UAB adult neurology resident, and at least one UAB pediatrics resident. We also have a nurse case manager who rounds with us and provides patient education if needed. We often also have 3rd and 4th year medical students on our team. 

We operate as a consultation service and see on average 8-12 patients per day. We do not round on patients admitted to the epilepsy monitoring unit (seen by one of our epileptologists and EMU NPs). We round in the morning and afternoon to see all of our consult patients at least once (more if needed). We work closely with the pediatrics hospital medicine teams who admit our patients that are followed in our outpatient neurology clinics. We enjoy collaborating in the care of patients admitted to a variety of teams, and we are very visible in the ER, PICU, CVICU, and neonatal ICUs. Our trainees enjoy the opportunity to lead family-centered rounds, work closely with other residents on our team, and take opportunities to teach at the bedside as they themselves become more proficient in caring for patients with a wide array of neurologic disorders.

Do UAB Child Neurology residents have access to educational conferences?

Scholarship and learning are essential to the development and maturation of a child neurologist during training. As such, conferences, case discussion, journal clubs, grand rounds, and basic science seminars are fundamental experiences for each trainee throughout the entire training period. 

Conferences include:

  • UAB Child Neurology Fellows Conference – Every Monday at 12 pm this didactic conference is given by UAB faculty both from inside and outside of our division. Periodically, our trainees present cases during this designated hour to other trainees and our faculty for discussion and feedback. The conference schedule is designed by our PGY4s/PGY5s each year in order to cover topics that will benefit our trainees in terms of board preparation and clinical practice.

  • UAB Adult Neurology Residency Noon Conference – Our trainees have a goal of attending at least twice weekly (offered Mon-Fri 12pm-1pm at UAB Neurology) and enjoy learning with their adult neurology peers and faculty.

  • UAB Child Neurology Sign-Out and Case Review – On Fridays at 12:15pm, our inpatient attending/child neurology PGY4 or PGY5 on the inpatient neurology consult team presents current consults and difficult cases to faculty and other trainees.

  • Pediatric Neuroradiology Conference – Every Monday afternoon at 3:30pm (except 3rd Monday of the month, see below)

  • Children’s of Alabama Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board – Every 3rd Monday afternoon of the month at 3:30pm

  • UAB Child Neurology Journal Club – Led by one of our trainees with faculty oversight and meets quarterly during a Fellows Conference

  • UAB Child Neurology M&M Conference – Led by one of our trainees with faculty oversight and is held at least every 4-6 months during a Fellows Conference

  • UAB Pediatric Refractory Epilepsy Conference – Meets every Wednesday at 11:30am in multidisciplinary format

  • UAB Adult Neurology Grand Rounds – Every Tuesday at 8am at UAB

  • Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Grand Rounds – Every Thursday at 12pm

  • UAB Pediatrics Morning Report - Monday-Friday at 8:00 am

How do residents take call during the PGY-3, PGY-4, and PGY-5 years?

During the PGY-3 year, child neurology residents will take overnight in-house call at UAB with a PGY-2 adult neurology resident. Usually PGY-3 residents takes 1-2 adult neurology calls per week during the course of the PGY-3 year. After completion of the PGY-3 year, our trainees take child neurology call from home. The vast majority of calls are completed without our trainees having to drive to the hospital (unless neurologic emergencies arise) as pediatric residents are available in-house 24/7, and our EMR and EEG software are both available from home.

While on call, our PGY-4s and PGY-5s receive pages from providers both inside and outside of Children’s of Alabama. Caregivers of our patients may also call in with questions. Our trainees also obtain valuable EEG experience while on call as they periodically check on long-term video EEGs for consult patients. If questions arise regarding patient care or EEGs, a backup child neurology attending and pediatric epileptologist are always available and communication is highly encouraged. On average, PGY-4s and PGY-5s take 7-10 calls from home each month (adult neurology residents on the child neurology rotation assist with other remaining calls).

After graduation from your program, what are the next steps of your alumni?

Upon successful completion of our program, our residents have become successful child neurologists in the Southeast as well as other locations across the U.S including: Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Pennsylvania. Several graduates have chosen to practice general pediatric neurology in either a private practice setting or at an academic medical center. Others have gone forward and sub-specialized in areas such as demyelinating diseases, neuro-oncology, pediatric epilepsy, and sleep medicine. We are proud that our graduates are doing well on their board certification exams, are providing quality care for their patients, and we invite them to collaborate with us when the opportunities arise!