Residency and Fellowship Training

The pediatric neurosurgery service at Children's of Alabama is an important part of the residency program in Neurosurgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Pediatric Neurosurgery service is a comprehensive service that addresses all neurosurgical needs for children. The majority of cases stay in-house as the major subspecialty areas of pediatric neurosurgery are provided on site. Few other services during the course of the residency will provide such breadth and few other services within the Children's hospital cover such a range of clinical environments. Residents rotate in three or six month blocks of time and are integral members of the service with active participation in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care. Immediate supervision occurs within the operating room, the inpatient wards and outpatient clinics. Residents will learn the major categories of pediatric neurosurgical illness. They will gain experience and expertise in the neurologic assessment of children of different ages.;

  • Complex congenital anomalies including spina bifida, encephaloceles, Chiari malformations will be observed and managed.
  • Hydrocephalus will be comprehensively studied both in diagnosis and management including endoscopy and shunts.
  • The proper care of children with intracranial tumors and spinal/head trauma will be an important part of the rotation.
  • Hands on management of children with strokes and intracranial hemorrhages will be taught

In addition to the clinical and surgical training received, our residents and fellows have the fortune to participate in on-going research endeavors, hone their writing skills with various abstract and publication submission opportunities and serve as guest speakers for grand rounds, national conferences and other lecture engagements.

Please contact Amy Finch at 205-638-9653 for further information.