General Program Overview
The UAMS Department of Neurology offers an ACGME-accredited, categorical 4 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 November to February preceding the match. Interviews are by invitation only and are required to be considered for a position.
PGY-1, Internal Medicine Year
The PG-1 year is integrated into the neurology program but is structured like an internal medicine year. The PG-1 year consists of: six months of internal medicine (wards, ICU, CCU), one month emergency medicine, and four months of electives. The PG-1 year usually consists of two months of neurology and one required month of psychiatry. The PG-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 primarily to inpatient and outpatient care. Approximately three months are spent on the UAMS Wards, three months on the CAVHS Wards, and one month at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in the child neurology rotation. PGY-2 residents also rotate through the UAMS Stroke/NeuroICU Service 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 (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 (PGY-4), the resident serves as the chief resident for three to four months at CAVHS and three to four months at UAMS. One additional month is usually spent in the Neurology Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). 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 is as below
Sample residency rotation schedule
Robert L. Archer, MD
Professor & Interim Chairman
Kinshuk Sahaya, MD
Assistant Professor & Residency Program Director
Tuhin Virmani, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor & Assistant Residency Program Director – Research
Carlos Romo, MD
Co-Chief Resident 2016-2017
Kara Way, MD
Co-Chief Resident 2016-2017
Angela Bauer, BBA
Residency Program Coordinator