Neurology Residency Program

Program director

Juan Ochoa, M.D.
Professor of Neurology
Director, SouthCEP comprehensive epilepsy program

Our Goals

To train the finest neurologists for the future, who have mastered:

  • superb bedside clinical skills
  • comprehensive knowledge of scientific and clinical bases for neurological practice
  • ability to critically judge information and data
  • technical skills needed for their practice of neurology
  • teaching skills to improve the knowledge and clinical practice of their future communities

 

▼   Residency Highlights

Four year categorical program with integrated internship

  • Neurology residency accredited by ACGME
  • PGY-1 year (Prelim/IM/Neuro) provided by the USA Department of Internal Medicine
  • ACGME accredited fellowship in clinical neurophysiology available

Balanced patient population

  • a wide range of secondary and tertiary referrals and a wide geographic draw 

Structured coursework

Formal coursework is provides structured learning to residents in areas needed for Board certification and clinical practice

  • Core clinical neurology
  • EEG, EMG
  • basic science neurophysiology
  • neuroanatomy
  • neuropharmacology
  • neuropathology

Training in neurologic procedures

  • EEG
  • EMG
  • evoked potentials
  • carotid ultrasonography
  • autonomic studies
  • ocular coherence tomography (OCT)
  • sleep
  • vagus nerve stimulation
  • deep brain stimulation
  • botulinum toxin (Botox)

Ample elective time

  • areas of study can be tailored to pursue individual interests 

Highly effective educational experience

  • Over the last 8 years, 93% of residents have passed the Neurology Board Exam on first attempt.
▼   Applying for Residency Training

The Department of Neurology at the University of South Alabama has three available Neurology Residency positions, which include internships, starting July 1, 2019. The USA Neurology Residency is an "Categorical" residency, with an internship position provided for each residency slot.

We will begin accepting applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) on September 15, 2018 and begin interviewing applicants on October 1, 2018.

Required documents submitted through ERAS application include the common application form, CV, three letters of recommendation, MSPE (Dean’s letter), copy of MD/DO/MBBS diploma, and official copies of USMLE scores. If you are an osteopathic school graduate, USMLE scores are strongly preferred, although COMLEX scores will be considered. If you are a foreign medical school graduate, you must provide a copy of your current ECFMG certificate and verified transcripts of your grades and graduation. Applicants requiring visas: please note that we accept only J-1 visas. We do not offer positions on a prematch basis.

▼   Resident Elective Rotations
  • Pain management
  • Clinical neurology
  • Specialty clinics
  • EEG/VEEG and evoked potentials
  • EMG/NCV
  • Sleep
  • Neuro-otology
  • Neuro-ophthamology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical research methods
  • Basic research
  • Neuroimmunology
▼   Resident Research Opportunities

Participation in research projects during residency is encouraged. Most residents participate as co-investigators on our clinical trials, and receive IRB training. There are many opportunities to work with faculty mentors on individual projects.

There are also many opportunities for original clinical research. Ongoing resident research projects include studies on dysautonomia in various neurologic disorders, cognitive function in Parkinson patients and seizure outcome in the ED. Case reviews and series reviews may be set up with faculty mentors.

A research elective is available, which covers principles of Human Research, study design and ethics. Residents learn how to prepare a research proposal and submit for IRB approval.

▼   Neurology Residency Clinical Rotations

PGY-1 year

  • Inpatient service - 7 mos
  • Cardiology - 1 mo
  • ICU - 1 mo
  • ER - 1mo
  • Renal - 1 mo
  • Infectious disease - 1 mo

PGY-2 year

  • Inpatient service - 4 mos
  • Outpatient clinic - 4 mos
  • Child neurology - 1 mos
  • Neuroradiology - 1 mo
  • Neurosurgery - 1 mo
  • Psychiatry - 1 mo

PGY-3 year

  • Inpatient service - 3 mos
  • Outpatient clinic - 3 mos
  • Child neurology - 2 mos
  • EMG - 2 mos
  • EEG - 1 mo
  • Elective - 1 mo

PGY-4 year

  • Inpatient service/Chief Resident - 6 mos
  • Outpatient/specialty clinics - 3 mos
  • Electives - 3 mos

Electives

  • Specialty clinics
  • EEG/EP/video EEG
  • EMG/SSEP
  • Sleep
  • Neuro-otology
  • Neuro-opthamology
  • Vascular neurology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Dysautonomia
  • Basic research
  • Clinical research
  • Neuroimmunology

Clinics

  • Continuity clinic is attended by all residents weekly
  • Residents read carotid sonogram (Doppler) studies and transcranial dopplers
▼   Resident Salaries and Benefits
 

Resident salaries and benefits are established by the University of South Alabama. Current figures are provided on the Graduate Medical Education Web page. 

Academic Leave

Residents are encouraged to attend and present papers at National Meetings, such as the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Up to five days per year may be taken for academic leave for purpose of attending scientific meetings and/or interviewing for fellowship training.

▼   Coursework and Formal Conferences
  • Basic Science Course - alternates each year between:
    • Neurophysiology
    • Neuropharmacology
    • Neuroanatomy
  • EEG/Neurophysiology - combines structured lectures with interpretation sessions weekly
  • EMG/NCV - biweekly
  • Child Neurology - biweekly
  • Grand Rounds - weekly
  • Professor's Rounds - weekly
  • Journal Club - monthly
  • Neuroradiology Conference - weekly
  • Neuropathology - monthly
  • Neurologic Emergencies - summer months
▼   Recent Neurology Resident Publications

Full manuscripts

  • Chen W and Chalhub EG. Inattention and Poor Eye Contact Is Not All Autism. Clinical Ped 2017; 56:873-875. PubMed Link
  • Del Santo MA and Cordina SM. Infantile intracranial aneurysm of the superior cerebellar artery. J Neurointerv Surg 2016; Mar 3. PubMed Link
  • Del Santo MA and Cordina SM. Infantile intracranial aneurysm of the superior cerebellar artery. BMJ Case Rep 2016; doi:10.1136/bcr-2015-012175. PubMed Link
  • Gore E, Manley A, Dees D, Appleby BS and Lerner AJ. A young-onset frontal dementia with dramatic calcifications due to a novel CSF1R mutation. Neurocase 2016; Apr 19:1-6. PubMed Link
  • Ochoa JG and Kilgo WA. The role of benzodiazepines in the treatment of epilepsy. Curr Treat Options Neurol 2016; 18:18. PubMed Link
  • Manley AT and Maertens PM. The Shepherd's Crook Sign: A New Neuroimaging Pareidolia in Joubert Syndrome. J Neuroimaging 2015; 25:510-12. PubMed Link

Abstracts

  • Kilgo WA, Ro DI, Minto E. Are Dawson fingers pathognomonic of Multiple Sclerosis?. USA Resident and Fellow Symposium 2017.
  • Rini J Pregabalin Neurotoxicity and the Risk of Undetected Renal Failure. USA Resident and Fellow Symposium 2017.
  • Rini J and Ro DI,Transient Cortical Hemianopsia: A Rare Complication of Cerebral Angiography. USA Resident and Fellow Symposium 2017.
  • Rini J and Maertens P. Limbic encephalitis due to Voltage–gated potassium channel antibodies (VGKC-AB) in a Child. Southern Pediatric Neurology Symposium 42nd Annual Meeting, 2017
  • Ro DI and Cordina SM. Traumatic vertebral arteriovenous fistula with stroke as the preventing symptom as well as steal phenomenon. USA Resident and Fellow Symposium 2017.
  • Ro DI, Kilgo WA, Cordina SM. Isolated aphasia without major motor or sensory deficits as the sole presenting symptom of a left middle cerebral artery stroke. USA Resident and Fellow Symposium 2017.
  • Kilgo WA, Maertens P, Revere A, Del Santo M, Cordina S. Neurosonologic monitoring of pseudoaneurysm of superior cerebellar artery in an infant. American Society of Neuroimaging Annual Meeting Abstracts 2015.
▼   Recent Graduates and Feedback

Feedback from recent graduates

Jordan Combs, M.D.Jordan Combs, M.D. (Class of 2016)

From the frigid north, I just wanted to send everybody a big thank you for being a great group of friends and colleagues.

Things are going great here in Grand Rapids. I am now clinical faculty at Michigan State College of Human Medicine, and an attending neuro-hospitalist at Spectrum Health Medical Center. We have our residency through Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners.

I am confident in saying that my neurology training at USAMC was robust and complete. Having a multi-sub-specialty clinic and regional referral medical center provided extensive opportunity to see and care for a wide range of common, complex and extremely rare neurological conditions. Personally providing care to tertiary referrals for all the regions advanced neurovascular, neuromuscular, movement disorder, multiple sclerosis, pediatric neurology and epilepsy patients has prepared me for my daily rounds. In particular the bread and butter neurology of stroke and seizure education were phenomenal. I was able to participate first hand in the care of acute stroke patients requiring advanced endovascular interventions and neuro-critical care monitoring. Also continuous monitoring of EMU and epilepsy surgery candidates allowed for practical training in advanced topographic/localization software, intracranial monitoring, WADA and language mapping. Furthermore, the rest of the faculties active clinics for MS, headache, stroke, seizure, Parkinson’s, Botox and neurophysiology, all with great hands on experiences, have prepared me for real world consults and procedures. After 4 years of lectures, rounds and clinic I felt well prepared for boards and starting my career.

I miss you all, thank you. A special thank you to everyone who reached out personally to help me get exactly what I was looking for right out of residency.

Sincerely,
Jordan

Andrew Manley, M.D.Andrew Manley, M.D. (Class of 2016)

The USA Neurology Residency affords the resident constant one-on-one teaching from faculty, while still exposing the resident to a widely varied array of patient cases equivalent to cases seen by residents at much larger programs.

On day one after graduation, I felt fully prepared and confident in making my own decisions as a practicing general neurologist.

Ethan Gore, M.D. (Class of 2014)

The most unique and useful training I received during South Alabama neurology residency was in the field of epilepsy. We had a high volume of in- and outpatient seizure cases and excellent EEG interpretation didactics. At South, I learned to handle seizures appropriately, confidently, and efficiently.

Eric Grover, M.D. Eric Grover, M.D. (Class of 2014)

I chose USA Neurology because their focus is on well rounded training in all areas of neurology. The program is smaller, and places more emphasis on each individual trainee. At larger programs, with multiple subspecialty fellows, it is easy to get lost in the mix and miss exposure to fascinating cases. At USA Neurology, you gain the experience and knowledge in all subspecialties of neurology. As a result, graduates feel comfortable and competent to practice as general neurologists without fellowship training. However, those who wish to sub-specialize have been very successful in obtaining fellowship positions at excellent training programs in a variety of fields in recent years (Cleveland Clinic, Yale, and the University of Minnesota to name a few). Training at USA Neurology will foster growth, knowledge, clinical acumen and provide the tools needed for your future goals as a neurologist.

Elliott Foster, M.D.Elliott Foster, M.D. (Class of 2012)

The training I received during my neurology residency at the University of South Alabama has been invaluable to my career. I was exposed to a variety of clinical approaches, had opportunities to participate in research activities, and was involved in the care of patients with diverse and often complicated disease processes. I was also offered much autonomy in clinical decision making as well as in choosing my elective rotations.

My neurology professors were thoroughly experienced, well read, friendly and approachable. All of these experiences helped to shape and sharpen my clinical acumen and prepare me for the world of private practice neurology.

Greg Lipscomb, M.D. Greg Lipscomb, M.D. (Class of 2012)

I have been practicing Neurology in Montgomery, AL for the past 4 years. I am in a very busy practice serving over 300,000 patients. With my training obtained during my residency, I provide nerve conduction studies, EEGs, and recently, home video ambulatory EEGs. I recently returned from Kenya, where I donated two EEG machines, taught 4 Kenyans how to perform studies, and built a website database that will facilitate transmitting the files to the US for interpretation. This is a pioneering step in the world of global health, epilepsy, and tele-health.

My neurology training at the University of South Alabama was invaluable in helping me achieve these goals. I was able to have close mentoring by my faculty and was given excellent hands on training in epilepsy care, as well as other fields of neurology. Looking back, I am thankful for my neurology training at the University of South Alabama, and looking forward, I am excited at the prospect of improving neurological care around the world.

Where are they now?

  • Diana Hengartner, M.D. (2017) - Fellowship in Movement Disorders (2017-2019), Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH
  • William Kilgo, M.D. (2017) - Fellowship in Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis (2017-2018), University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham AL
  • Jaesung Kim, M.D. (2017) - Attending neurologist, Tulsa OK
  • Jordan Combs, M.D. (2016) - Neurohospitalist and faculty, Michigan State College of Human Medicine/Spectrum Health Medical Center, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Andrew Manley, M.D. (2016) - Attending neurologist, Thomas Hospital, Fairhope, AL, Coastal Neurological Institute, Mobile, AL
  • Matthew McLean, M.D. (2014) - Attending neurologist, Infirmary Hospital, Mobile, AL
  • Ethan Gore, M.D. (2014) - Attending neurologist, Pensacola, FL; Fellowship in Cognitive Neurology, Case Western University, Cleveland, OH
  • Eric Grover, M.D. (2014) - Faculty, Dartmouth University/Hitchcock Medical Center, Manchester, NH; Fellowship in Epilepsy (2014-2016), Yale University, New Haven CN
  • Gloria Simms, M.D. (2013) - Attending neurologist, Inland Hospital/ EMHS. Location: Bangor, ME
  • Judy Chun Huang, M.D. (2013) - Neurohospitalist, Memorial Health Systems, Chattanooga, TN
  • T. Elliot Foster, M.D. (2012) - Attending neurologist, Coastal Neurological Institute, Mobile, AL
  • Gregory Lipscomb, M.D. (2012) - Attending neurologist, Neurology Consultants of Montgomery, Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, AL
  • Daniel Dees, M.D. (2011) - Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of South Alabama, Mobile AL; Fellowship in Movement Disorders (2011-2012), Medical College of Georgia, Augusta GA
  • Kristina Duffy, M.D. (2011) - Attending neurologist, Niceville, FL
  • Shannon Overs, M.D. (2011) - Attending neurologist, Charlotte, NC; Fellowship in Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis, University of Oregon (2011-2013), Portland OR
  • Izabella Koper, M.D. (2010) - Attending neurologist, Mobile VA Medical Center, Mobile AL
  • Maher Loutfi, M.D. (2010) - Attending neurologist, Sentara Healthcare, Woodbridge VA; Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology, Vanderbilt University (2010-2011)
▼   Contact Information

Department of Neurology Residency Program
University of South Alabama
2451 USA Medical Center Dr., Suite 10E
Mobile, AL 36617
Phone: (251) 445-8261
Fax: (251) 445-8249

Leigh Rowell
GME Program Coordinator II
University of South Alabama Department of Neurology
2451 USA Medical Center Dr., Suite 10E
Mobile, AL 36617
(251) 445-8261
clrowell@health.southalabama.edu 

Juan G. Ochoa, M.D.
Associate Professor, Neurology
Residency Program Director
University of South Alabama Department of Neurology
2451 USA Medical Center Dr., Suite 10E
Mobile, AL 36617
(251) 445-8261
jochoa@health.southalabama.edu