As part of the UAB Department of Neurosurgery Residency Training Program, residents interested in pediatric neurosurgery receive extensive exposure to the subspecialty. UAB Neurosurgery residents rotate through pediatrics during their third and sixth years. The pediatric neurosurgery faculty are committed to residency training and regularly mentor residents on research projects. Several UAB Neurosurgery residency graduates have gone on to successfully pursue careers in pediatric neurosurgery.
The fellowship program offered at UAB/Children’s of Alabama is one year in duration and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships. As such, graduating fellows are fully qualified to sit for the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery Exam that enables them to attain ABPNS Board Certification in Pediatric Neurosurgery.
Our fellows are among the best trained and most distinguished graduating residents in neurosurgery training programs in North America. We are proud that all of the UAB/Children's of Alabama fellows have successfully completed ABPNS certification, and the vast majority have continued to pursue either exclusively or predominantly pediatric neurosurgery. Many have gone on to leading positions in pediatric neurosurgery at distinguished pediatric medical centers around the country.
During the course of the fellowship, the pediatric neurosurgery fellow is fundamentally involved in the day-to-day operations of the busy clinical service. General clinical exposure is attained in the operating room, the clinics, inpatient wards and conferences. Each fellow receives extensive operative experience in the full range of pediatric neurosurgery cases, as well as experience with the important decision making that goes on perioperatively. The fellow presents several talks at the Pediatric Section of the AANS/CNS meeting in December and produces at least 6-8 manuscripts (range 4-24 papers) for the peer-reviewed literature in pediatric neurosurgery.
Residents interested in pursuing fellowship training at UAB/Children's of Alabama should contact Donna Duke-Pope, divisional administrator, with an e-mail or letter indicating your interest during the summer preceding their last year of residency. After application is received along with 3 letters of reference, and the ABNS exam scores and interview will be scheduled. Interviews are coordinated and conducted in early autumn. The fellowship position is filled via the annual San Francisco match in pediatric neurosurgery that occurs in late November or early December.
Requirements for Fellowship Eligibility
- Successful completion of a residency program approved for certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS).
- Eligibility to obtain a medical license in the state of Alabama, USA.
- Successful (passing) completion of Part I of the American Board of Neurological Surgery examination.
Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships
American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
ABNS Residency Program