Prospective Residents for Neurology

Neurology Residency Program at SIU

Program Director:  Dr. Ahmad El Kouzi, MD 
Assistant Program Director: Abdullah Al Sawaf, MD and Jeremy Kulacz, MD
Medical Education Program Coordinator:  Carolyn L. Kennedy, 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.

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.