The UAMS Department of Neurology offers an ACGME-accredited, categorical four year residency training program in adult neurology. Four neurology positions are offered each year through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Admission is based upon performance in medical school, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews at the University of Arkansas. Interviews are scheduled October to January preceding the match. Interviews are by invitation only and are required to be considered for a position.
PGY-1, Internal Medicine Year
The PGY-1 year is integrated into the neurology program but is structured like an internal medicine year. The PGY-1 year consists of: seven months of internal medicine (wards, ICU, CCU, infectious diseases), one month emergency medicine, and one required month of psychiatry. The PGY-1 year additionally consists of three months of neurology . The PGY-1 year takes place at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the adjacent Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System (CAVHS).
PGY-2, Adult Neurology Residency
The first year of adult neurology residency (PGY-2) is devoted to inpatient and outpatient care. Approximately three months are spent on the UAMS Wards, three months on the CAVHS Wards, and one month at UAMS Neurology Outpatient Clinics. PGY-2 residents also rotate through the UAMS Stroke and Neuro Critical Care Services where they oversee inpatient care. During this year, residents are also responsible for the night float coverage; this usually consists of one to two months per resident in an academic year. As scheduling allows, PGY-2 residents are offered electives such as EEG/ epilepsy, EMG/ neuromuscular, movement disorders, behavioral neurology, multiple sclerosis, neuro-radiology, headache, neurooncology etc.
PGY-3, Adult Neurology Residency
The second year of adult neurology (PGY-3) is devoted to consultative services at UAMS and the CAVHS, one month at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), as well as elective time. During this year and the PGY-4 year, elective rotations can be further tailored to accommodate the resident’s interest and career choices, as much as possible.
PGY-4, Adult Neurology Residency
During the third year of adult neurology (PGY-4), the resident serves as the senior resident for three to four months at UAMS. Outpatient clinics at UAMS and CAVHS fill three to four months. Two additional months are usually spent in the at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) one in Pediatric Neurology Clinic and one in Pediatric Neurology Inpatient Wards. The remaining months are spent as elective rotations to accommodate the resident’s interests and future plans. Basic laboratory or clinical research work is encouraged. Successful completion of the program will make residents eligible for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Sample Rotation Schedule
Mission and Aims
Program Mission Statement
Our mission is to train physicians to be master clinicians – individuals who can apply up to date knowledge in the field and compassionately diagnose and treat neurological disorders. The UAMS neurology residency program provides patient-centered, comprehensive, state-of-art care for the state of Arkansas and nearby regions. We strive to continue to be a pioneer for the education of medical students and residents thereby serving the needs of Arkansans and our institution.
- To provide a strong foundation for competence in general neurology and its sub-specialties, preparing graduating residents for independent practice or fellowship training.
- Promote the intellect of clinical research, quality improvement, and patient safety projects
- Foster an open and collaborative learning environment and facilitate life-long learning habits
- Promote cultural competence and a holistic approach towards care delivery