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Neurology Residency Program Description

Neurology Residency Program


Program Director:  Dr. Samantha Dial, MD
Assistant Program Director:  Abdullah Al Sawaf, MD
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


Program Overview

The Neurology Residency Program has duty hours optimal for the care of patients and in compliance with the General and Special Requirements of the ACGME. No resident is on call more than an average of every third night.  Call may be taken from home, although residents have the option of staying in the hospital.  A sleeping room is available in Memorial Medical Center for anyone interested in utilizing it.  Should the room be fully occupied, the house supervisor will help the resident locate a sleeping room.

  General Internal Medicine 6 months  
  Acute Care (ICU) 1 month  
  ER 1 month  
  Renal 1 month  
  Electives 3 months  
  Inpatient Service 4 months  
  Neuroradiology 1 month  
  Psychiatry 1 month  
  Pediatric Neurology 1 month  
  EEG 1 month  
  Outpatient subspecialty 1 month  
  Stroke Team 2 months  
  Neurocritical Care 1 month  
On Call Responsibility:  No more than an average of every third night on inpatient or psychiatry rotations.
  Inpatient Service 4 months  
  Neurocritical Care 1 month  
  Neuropathology 1 month  
  EMG 2 months  
  Outpatient Subspecialty 1 month  
  Stroke Team 2 months  

Elective 1 months  
  On Call Responsibility:  No night call on EEG/EMG or Neuropathology rotations. No more than an average of every third night on Pediatric Neurology, Neurosurgery & Volunteer Faculty rotations.    
  Chief Residency 4 months  
  Pediatric Neurology 2 months  
  Electives 3 1/2 months  
  Outpatient subspecialty 1 month  
  Neuro-Ophthalmology 1/2 Month  
  Neurocritical Care 1 month  
  On Call Responsibility:  Chief Resident provides back-up.  Call service responsibility is priority of residents assigned to inpatient clinical service.  PGY-3 residents and PGY-4 residents completing electives are scheduled only if absolutely necessary.  

Available Electives:

EEG, EMG, Neurorehabilitation, Alzheimer Disease/Dementia, Neuroradiology, Pediatric Neurology, Psychiatry, Neuropathology, Neurotology, Neurosurgery, Ambulatory Neurology

Research Electives – Laboratory or Clinical:

Clinical Trials, Tremor Pathophysiology, EEG/Epilepsy, Myology, Gait Disorders, Alzheimer Disease, Stroke, Movement Disorders/Parkinson’s Disease, Botulinum Treatment

Clinical Electives may be taken in any configuration of blocks with approval of faculty supervisor.  More than one elective may be selected.   Clinical Electives should be arranged six months in advance with the faculty involved.  Elective requests are to be submitted to the residency office in writing.

Research Electives should also be arranged six months in advance to allow time to plan the project and obtain any human or animal committee approvals needed.  A one-page summary is to be submitted to get credit for a research elective.

Each resident is also required to attend weekly subspeciality and continuity clinics with Faculty members which include: Oncology, Epilepsy, EMG, EEG, Movement Disorders, Memory, and Pediatric Neurology.