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Neuroimmunology/MS Fellowship

Welcome to the Department of Neurology


 

Program Director: John R. Corboy, M.D.

Associate Program Director: Robert H. Gross, M.D.


 ​Goals of Fellowship Training in the Care of MS and other Neuroimmunological Conditions

The overall goals of the fellowship are:

(1) To develop a comprehensive knowledge base encompassing basic science and clinical aspects of MS and other neuroimmunological conditions of the central and peripheral nervous system,

(2) To become familiar with principles of comprehensive management of persons with MS and other neuroimmunological conditions,

(3) To be a resource for information about current research directions and clinical trials in MS including education of patients, colleagues and other trainees at multiple levels in various disciplines, and

(4) To become familiar with and participate in clinical research, including clinical trials.


At the end of the fellowship year, with regard to the diagnosis and care of those with neuroimmunological conditions, the fellow should be able to: recognize common and unusual presentations and manifestations of neuroimmunological conditions; generate a differential diagnosis of conditions that may have similar clinical presentations to MS and other neuroimmunological conditions; describe the basic immunopathophysiology of MS and other neuroimmunological conditions; discuss sensitivities, specificities and indications for paraclinical tests that are used to help establish (or rule out) a diagnosis of MS and other neuroimmunological conditions; directly and personally review and interpret results of paraclinical tests, especially MRI scans and CSF examinations; manage primary, secondary and tertiary symptoms of MS and other neuroimmunological conditions, and treat acute attacks, including management of baclofen pumps; prescribe treatment of MS with disease modifying agents, including use of immunosuppressive medications and management of their complications; lead the health care team in the rehabilitative approach to caring for persons with MS and other neuroimmunological conditions; and serve as an expert consultant for questions of complicated management issues in persons with MS and other neuroimmunological conditions. The latter will include: giving coherent didactic and other presentations to a variety of health care professionals; designing innovative treatment approaches utilizing neurologic and rehabilitative strategies; interpreting and understand basic and clinical research approaches in MS and other neuroimmunological conditions; understanding and performing outcome measures in clinical MS studies; providing a critical review of current literature regarding research and clinical trials in MS and other neuroimmunological conditions; and implementing clinical research in an MS or MS-related area.

Training Curriculum in Multiple Sclerosis
Over the one-year course of the fellowship, the fellow will participate in training at multiple locations and different venues. Training will occur at the University of Colorado Hospital, the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion (AOP) in Aurora, CO; the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (DVAMC) in Aurora, CO; and the Neurology Clinic at the Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) in Denver, CO. At the AOP, the fellow will attend separate clinics with recognized experts in MS and other neuroimmunological conditions, neuro-urology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-otology, and rehabilitation medicine, and may attend behavioral neurology, neuro-infectious disease, and palliative neurology clinics if they feel it appropriate for their interests. The fellow will participate in various clinical or research opportunities at the AOP. At DVAMC there is a MS clinic every Monday morning. At DHMC, there are two afternoon clinics per month dedicated to MS patients. It is expected that the fellow will spend ~65% time seeing patients and 35% time performing clinical research or studying various aspects of MS and other neuroimmunological conditions. The fellow will interact with the physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and support staff at all locations, including fellowship-trained experts in the subspecialty areas. The fellow will attend the American Academy of Neurology and at least one MS-specific national or international conference. The fellow may attend and give a presentation of clinical research results at one or more meetings. There will be no traditional on-call duties for inpatient care, but the fellow will share in call for baclofen pump patients.

Methods of Evaluation

Fellows will be reviewed by all the physicians and practitioners who help train them on a monthly basis. Fellows should be able to sit for an examination which will assess their knowledge of basic science principles and clinical care of MS, such as that sponsored by the Consortium of MS Centers. Practitioners should be eligible to take a shorter more clinically based examination for which they may receive CME credit.

Primary Faculty

John R. Corboy, MD                MS, other Neuroimmunological conditions

Timothy Vollmer, MD             MS, other Neuroimmunological conditions

Jeffrey Bennett, MD, PhD       Neuro-Ophthalmology, MS, NMO, other NI conditions

Enrique Alvarez, MD, PhD       MS, other Neuroimmunological conditions

Teri Schreiner, MD                  Pediatric MS, other Neuroimmunological conditions

Robert Gross, MD                   MS, other Neuroimmunological conditions

Amanda Piquet, MD               Autoimmune Neurology, MS, other NI conditions

Justin Honce, MD                    Neuro-Radiology

Brian Flynn, MD                      Neuro-Urology

Carol Foster, MD                     Neuro-Otology

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Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be a graduate of a residency program in neurology accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  2. Applicants must be board eligible or board certified in neurology at the start of fellowship.
  3. All applicants for non-ACGME Fellowship programs must be eligible for and must obtain a full Colorado Medical License prior to the start of the Fellowship program. Licensing requirements can be found on the Department of Regulatory Agencies page: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Physician_Licensing_Requirements#Qualifications​

Application Information

We expect to fill our Neuroimmunology Fellowship slot 15 months ahead of time. An offer for the position will be given at the end of March of the year preceding the anticipated start date.

 

Application Season: December 1st, 2020 through February 29th, 2021

Interview Season: January through March 2021

      

Fellowship Position Status

2019-2020 – Fellowship position filled

2020-2021 – Fellowship position filled

2021-2022 – Fellowship position open

 

Application Materials:

  1. Intent to Apply Form  
  2. CV
  3. Personal Statement​
  4. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  5. Copy of USMLE/COMLEX Score (1, 2, & 3) Reports​
  6. ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
Application materials should be sent to:

 
Caitlin Taylor
Fellowship Coordinator
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