Fellowships[Click here for Critical Care, Neuromuscular Medicine and Epilepsy fellowships.]

Movement Disorders Fellowship

This fellowship offers a two-year program with emphasis on clinical training and the care of movement disorders patients during the first year, while the second year focuses on training in a selected research discipline.

The first year clinical experience will be based primarily at Fairview-University Hospital and at the VA Medical Center and will provide training in the diagnosis and management of both common and more exotic movement disorders. Unique features of our clinical program include the nationally renowned Ataxia Center and a very active deep brain stimulation (DBS) program. Instruction in the basic principles of DBS, programming of DBS devices, and in the management of DBS patients will be important components of training during the first year. In an effort to ensure that fellows will have a broad clinical experience they will also rotate through two large community-based movement disorder clinics in the Twin Cities (Struthers Parkinson's Center and Capistrant Parkinson's Center). Regular video conferences, journal clubs and attendance at the national Movement Disorders Society meeting are all integral parts of our clinical training program.

The second year will focus on preparing for an academic career through training in a research discipline of special relevance to movement disorders. The choice of a specific research discipline will depend on the interests and previous experience of the fellow and may be primarily clinical or involve basic research. Affiliated clinical research programs include those in clinical trials, functional and anatomical imaging, deep brain stimulation, and intraoperative electrophysiology. The basic research programs are those in biomedical engineering and technology transfer, systems neurophysiology, and molecular biology and genetics. Mentoring during the second year will be provided both by our own expert faculty and allied faculty in the Departments of Neuroscience (Dr. Michael Lee), Neurosurgery (Dr. Walter Low), Biomedical Engineering (Dr. Matt Johnson), Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (Dr. Harry Orr) and at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. In addition, experience in writing manuscripts or preparing NIH grants will be provided.

Our goal is to turn out outstanding movement disorder neurologists who will be in a position to become leaders and to make significant contributions to the field in the years to come.

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Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Clinical neurophysiology (CNP) is an area of medicine in which selected neurological disorders involving central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems and muscles are assessed, monitored, and treated using a combination of clinical evaluation and electrophysiological testing. This subspecialty requires a detailed knowledge of the normal physiology of the nervous system; the altered, abnormal electrophysiology; and the disease states involved.

This ACGME-accredited fellowship involves training at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals:

  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (UMMC)
  • Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC)
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS)
  • Minnesota Epilepsy Group (MEG) (which includes training at their St. Paul private practice, as well as inpatient coverage at: United Hospital, and/or Children's Hospital and Clinics — St Paul)

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

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Vascular Neurology Fellowship

This ACGME-accredited fellowship at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals provides one year of training in emergency management of stroke, neurocritical care, application of modern neuro-imaging techniques, rehabilitation and stroke prevention.

Fellows who successfully complete this program are eligible to sit for the sub-specialty board examination in Vascular Neurology (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology).

There are numerous rotations available, including:

  • Inpatient Stroke Service
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Electives, such as Neurosonology

As part of the Brain Attach team, the Vascular Neurology fellows participate in all stroke cases brought to the Emergency Room. Fellows also take at-home call several nights a week.

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Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (ESN) Fellowship

This “NeuroIntervention” fellowship at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals provides two years of training emphasizing endovascular procedures, including catheter-based thrombolysis, embolization, and stent placement for various cerebrovascular diseases. Our program faculty includes internationally known interventionalists who have pioneered several endovascular techniques.

The second (senior year) of this fellowship is ACGME-accredited. Fellows train at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (UMMC). Call is taken from home.

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