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Neurocritical Care Fellowship

This program is designed to provide comprehensive training in the care and management of critically-ill neuroscience patients. General critical care experience is complemented by rotations in other intensive care units. Close clinical collaboration with the vascular and endovascular programs as well as the neurosurgical service is expected.


Fellows are required to execute at least one research project a year. By the fourth month of the fellowship year fellows are expected to identify their projects and to select faculty mentors. Fellows formally present their projects at a year-end research symposium in May. Active epidemiological, clinical, and basic science projects focused on cerebrovascular diseases provide opportunities for research.


There are regular didactic and case conferences which are attended by all fellows in the program. See the Program Manual for details.

Department and Faculty

This fellowship joins the Department of Neurology’s other graduate training programs that have continuously graduated neurology and subspecialty trainees since the 1940s. Among the significant strengths of our program are (i) the range and depth of the clinical experience provided at several teaching hospitals (Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Medical Center for the Neurocritical Care program); (ii) the commitment of the full-time faculty at each of these hospitals to teaching, patient care and scholarship; and the focus on both clinical and basic research in a diverse neuroscience community.

Neurocritical Care Faculty

  • Mustapha Ezzeddine, MD
  • David C. Anderson, MD
  • Martin Birch, MD
  • Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, MD, PhD
  • R.A. Reshi, MD (Program Director)
  • Christopher Streib, MD
  • Ramachandra Tummala, MD

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Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship

The University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Neurology, Section of Neuromuscular Medicine, is recruiting one trainee for its newly approved and accredited subspecialty fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM). The program will start on 7/1/2014, last one year, and prepare graduates for academic, professional and independent community practice, as well as for American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certification. The graduate is expected to complete the NMM board examination of the ABPN within 3 years of graduation.

We offer outstanding clinical and didactic training under seven neuromuscular-medicine-certified physicians at University, County, and VA hospitals. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul offer outstanding quality of life and excellent recreational and cultural opportunities.

Trainees will work in Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)-supported dedicated clinics in adult and pediatric muscle disease, ALS, CMT, and myasthenia gravis, in addition to general neuropathy and neuromuscular clinics. Trainees will participate in electrodiagnostic studies, neuromuscular ultrasound, and muscle, nerve, and skin biopsy interpretation and will become familiar with next-generation sequencing and neuromuscular research.

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Epilepsy Fellowship

The Department of Neurology is proud to introduce our newest subspecialty program: the Epilepsy Fellowship. This fellowship provides advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of adults and children with seizures and seizure disorders, advanced training in electroencephalography (EEG), supervising video EEG recordings, coordinating special studies, epilepsy surgery evaluations, performing surgical monitoring, conducting clinical drug trials, and teaching residents and medical students.

We have devoted faculty who enjoy mentoring and teaching — and teaching a fellow the specialized knowledge in the science, pathology, clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and management of seizures and seizure disorders at a level beyond that expected of a general or child neurologist.

This one-year epilepsy fellowship includes training in EEG, seizure diagnosis, and epilepsy training that would support high-level clinical practice in epileptology. Alternatively, two years of training that include one year of CNP fellowship/EEG track followed by one year of epilepsy fellowship would constitute comprehensive training for an academic career in epileptology with clinical research.

Training takes place at University of Minnesota Medical Center. Our NAEC Level 4 center offers comprehensive epilepsy care, including epilepsy medication management, resective/ablative epilepsy surgery, and therapeutic brain electrostimulation. Clinical research opportunities at the University of Minnesota include ultrahigh field brain MRI, neuro-engineering-based EEG signal processing and neuromodulation, and other electromagnetic stimulation therapies.

Fellows who successfully complete this program are expected to sit for the sub-specialty board examination in Epilepsy (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) within three years of graduation from the program.

Faculty and Department

The Epilepsy Fellowship faculty is comprised of specialist faculty members who are committed to patient care, education and research in their daily practices. The Neurology Department at the University of Minnesota maintains a strong commitment to education, with active UME and GME programs. On the GME side the department now has seven fellowship programs (five of which are ACGME accredited) working closely with our Adult Neurology residency program.

Epilepsy/EEG Faculty

  • Thomas Henry, MD (Program Director)
  • Miguel Fiol, MD (UMMC)
  • Sima Patel, MD (UMMC)
  • Zhiyi Sha, MD (UMMC)
  • Minoo Shams-Moorkani, MD (UMMC)
  • Ted Walczak, MD (UMMC)

Duration of Fellowship: One–two years

Number of Fellows per Year: 1

Requirements and Application Procedures

Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in neurology, child neurology, or neurodevelopmental disabilities, or a program in one of these specialties that is located in Canada and accredited by the RCPSC. In addition, applicants must have passed the USMLE Step 3 (or COMLEX equivalent) examination at the time of entrance into the program and must be ABPN board-eligible or certified in Neurology.

Applicants meeting the above qualifications are asked to submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty/mentors on letterhead with signature
  • A personal statement of interest in this fellowship or career path
  • Copy of UMSLE or COMLEX official score reports
  • A copy of your current ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates)
  • Email mention of current visa status (only J-1 visas sponsored by ECFMG are accepted)

Please send the above materials in one of three ways:
1. Scanned and emailed to coordinator, Pat Bulgerin, at bulge006@umn.edu
2. Faxed, Attn: Pat, Fellowship Coordinator, to 612-624-0687
3. Sent via U.S. mail to Pat Bulgerin, Fellowship Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Department of Neurology, 420 Delaware St SE, MMC 295, Ste 12-100 PWB, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Contact Information

Pat Bulgerin, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: bulge006@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-9110
FAX: 612-624-0687, Attn: Pat

Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview with the program director and selected faculty members. Interviews are conducted February-August.

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