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Prospective Residents for Neurology

Where Dreams Do Come True!

Our Neurology Program

Program Director:  Dr. Samantha Dial, MD
Assistant Program Director:  Abdullah Al Sawaf, MD
Medical Education Program Coordinator:  Carolyn L. Higgason, BA (
Phone:  217-545-7210
Fax:  217-545-1903
P.O. Box 19643, Springfield, IL 62794-9643


  • 4-Year Program (PGY-2 match in Neurology assures PGY-1 position)

  • Comprehensive Inpatient/Outpatient Experiences - broad range of clinical problems encountered

  • State-Of-The-Art Clinical Programs

  • Tertiary Care Programs In: Alzheimer Disease, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Headache, Neuromuscular Disease, Neurorehabilitation and Stroke

  • Structured program in basic neurosciences with additional experience in neuroradiology, neuropathology, and clinical neurophysiology

  • High faculty-to-resident ratio for close interaction & frequent informal teaching sessions

  • Faculty actively involved in clinical & basic research -
    Many of our residents have published articles during their residency
    (See “Resident  Presentations & Publications” section)

  • Our residents consistently achieve board certification.

  • Residents in the program consistently score above the national average on the AAN Inservice exam

Rotations include:  Inpatient Service, Stroke Service, Neuro-Critical Care, Night Float, Subspecialty Clinics, Neuroradiology, Psychiatry, Neuropathology, EEG, EMG, Pediatric Neurology, Ophthalmology, Chief Rotation-PGY-4, and Research. 

Subspecialty Clinic Rotation includes:  Alzheimer and memory, Neuromuscular, Movement Disorder, Neurorehab/Pain, Epilepsy, Stroke, Botox, Neurosurgery, Muscular Dystrophy, and General Neurology.

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Thoughts from our Residents

"What I like most about our program is the supportive work environment. Our attending physicians are invested in teaching, are easily approachable, and always available to offer help when needed. We have amazing nurse practitioners who are very knowledgeable, supportive and fun to work with. My co-residents are not only smart and hard-working physicians, but also great people. They have all helped me in my professional and personal growth during my time here."
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