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Headache Medicine Fellowship

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Headache Medicine Fellowship

The University of Colorado Headache Medicine Fellowship is a United Council for Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) accredited, multidisciplinary program lead by the Department of Adult Neurology, jointly with the Department of Child Neurology. In addition, active participants to the fellowship training program include faculty from Anesthesiology, Psychology, Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, Integrative Medicine, and the ENT departments and elective rotations are offered in all mentioned specialties. Graduates from any ACGME accredited residency program may apply, regardless of the specialty. The one-year program provides training in all aspects of diagnosis, treatment, and management for head and face pain conditions, both primary and secondary and cranial neuralgias.

Training methods include hands-on patient care, predominantly in the Neurology Outpatient settings, as well as required and elective rotations with Psychology and the subspecialties noted above. Fellows will become skilled in performing procedures specific for headache, including Botox injections, pericranial nerve blocks, sphenopalatine ganglion blocks, trigger point injections.

A Clinical Sciences Master and Doctoral program is available through the University of Colorado. This program is designed to accommodate the clinician's schedule, and provides training necessary for the candidate with scholastic career goals. The Colorado School of Public Health will provide formal training in clinical research methodology, augmenting that provided through the Clinical Sciences program.

Headache Medicine Fellows are encouraged to participate in one or more research projects, clinical or basic science, active at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) or affiliated institutions; fellows are also encouraged to develop their own research projects with faculty providing mentorship for grant development and implementation. Research skill training in clinical or basic science is available, including epidemiology, research design and analysis, and clinical trial methodology.

Headache Medicine participates in the NRMP Match. All applicants must apply through ERAS, and qualified applicants will be invited to visit for an interview.
For more information about our program, please contact:

Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Neurology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
12700 E. 19th Ave., Mail Stop B182
Aurora, CO 80045
Office: (303) 724-5899
Fax: (303) 724-4764

Program director
Marius Birlea, MD
12700 E. 19th Avenue, Mail Stop B182
Aurora, CO  80045
F 303-724-4764

Eligibility Criteria:
1.  The fellow must possess a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada or its territories
2.  The fellow must be a graduate of a residency program in neurology [or other specific program types specified by the Subspecialty] accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
3.  The fellow must be board certified or eligible for certification in a primary ABMS or RCPSC specialty [as specified by the Subspecialty] 

4. Successful completion of USMLE or COMLEX (1, 2, and 3)

Please include in your application:

•  Proof of residency completion
•  CV
•  3 Letters of Recommendation
•  USMLE/COMLEX scores (Step 1, 2, and 3)
•  Personal Statement
•  ECFMG Certification (if applicable)

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: