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Movement Disorders Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the University of Minnesota Movement Disorders Fellowship Program. We offer unique opportunities for clinical training and research. For the first year of the two-year-program fellows concentrate on their clinical training at our state-of-the-art Clinical Surgical Center (M Health) and the Minneapolis VA Health Care Sysem (Minneapolis VA). While working in these environments fellows acquire experience caring for patients with ataxia, Parkinson’s disease, tremor, Huntington’s disease and dystonia. As their comfort level and familiarity with these challenging disorders evolves we offer the opportunity to observe deep brain stimulation procedures performed with microeletrode mapping by Drs. Jerrold Vitek and Scott Cooper. Training in patient programming and intraoperative monitoring are also available to those who wish to refine their skills and understanding of these procedures.

Second-year fellows will focus primarily on preparation 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 science research. Affiliated clinical research programs include clinical trials, functional and anatomical imaging, deep brain stimulation, and intraoperative electrophysiology. The basic research programs include biomedical engineering and technology transfer, systems neurophysiology, optogenetics, focused ultrasound, molecular biology and genetics. Mentoring during the second year will be provided by our own expert faculty and by allied faculty in the Departments of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. In addition, experience in writing manuscripts and preparing NIH grants is also available. Our goal is to provide fellows with the opportunity to develop a career in academic medicine or to pursue clinical practice.

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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 vascular neurology (VN) fellowship at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals provides one year of training in emergency management of stroke, neurocritical care, application of modern neuroimaging techniques, rehabilitation and stroke prevention. Opportunity to proceed into an accredited endovascular surgical neuroradiology (ESN) fellowship or StrokeNet research training may be available for qualified and interested applicants.

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

Rotations Include:

  • Inpatient neuroICU and stroke Service
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Electives
    • Neurosurgery
    • Neuroradiology
    • Endovascular surgical neuroradiology
    • Others per discussion with the Program Director

As part of the stroke code team the VN fellows participate in stroke cases brought to the emergency room. Fellows take at-home call several nights a week. Fellows also participate regularly in stroke clinics.

Research
All fellows are required to complete at least one research project during the year and will be expected to present their findings at the year-end departmental research symposium in May. Through an NIH-funded Stroke Research Network (StrokeNet) grant, support for further clinical research training may be available as a second year with a research focus.

Conferences
Conferences are listed in the program manual (online). All fellows are expected to attend and participate in the weekly conferences. Detailed information about conferences will be provided during fellowship orientation.

Department & Faculty
This fellowship is one of the Department of Neurology’s graduate medical education training programs that have continuously graduated neurology and subspecialty trainees since the 1940s. Among the significant strengths of the VN program are the range and depth of the clinical experience provided at two teaching hospitals, Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Medical Center; 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.

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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. The second (senior year) of this fellowship is ACGME-accredited. Fellows train at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and University of Minnesota Health (MHealth). Night/weekend call is taken from home.

Research

All fellows are required to complete at least one small research project during the year and will be expected to present their findings at a year-end research symposium in late May.

Department & Faculty

This fellowship is offered among 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 the range and depth of the clinical experience provided at two teaching hospitals (Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Health); 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. Active epidemiologic, clinical, and basic research programs in cerebrovascular diseases provide opportunities for participation.

NeuroIntervention Faculty
Andrew Grande, MD
Bharathi Jagadeesan, MD
Ramachandra Tummala, MD, Program Director

Duration of Fellowship

The program is two-years long – a junior preparatory year followed by a senior ACGME-accredited year.

Number of Fellows per Year: Two (1 junior and 1 senior)

Application deadline: Applicants with a neurology background are encouraged to apply through ERAS in November/December of their PGY3 year of residency for a three year training track in our department: one year of vascular neurology, one year of ESN prep, and one year of accredited ESN fellowship.

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