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Headache Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to the Department of Neurology


Program Director: Marius Birlea, MD

The University of Colorado Headache Medicine Fellowship is a United Council for Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) accredited, multidisciplinary program led by the Department of Adult Neurology, jointly with the Department of Child Neurology. Graduates from any ACGME accredited residency program may apply, regardless of the specialty, this includes Internal Medicine. The one-year program provides training in all aspects of diagnosis, treatment, and management for head and face pain disorders, both primary and secondary and cranial neuralgias. We are excited about the opportunity to train talented future headache specialists.

Training methods include hands-on patient care, predominantly in the Neurology Outpatient settings, as well as required and elective rotations including: Pain Psychology, Neuroradiology, Integrative Medicine, Concussion and Dizziness clinics. Formal didactics on relevant topics are provided by the program faculty. Fellows will become skilled in performing procedures specific for headache, such as Botox injections, trigeminal and occipital nerve blocks, sphenopalatine ganglion blocks and 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be a graduate of a residency program in neurology [or other specialty i.e. Internal Medicine] accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  2. Applicants must be board certified or eligible for certification in a primary ABMS or RCPSC specialty.
  3. Applicants must possess a current valid and unrestricted full Colorado Medical License prior to the start of the fellowship

Application Information

Headache Medicine no longer participates in the NRMP Match and will accept applications via email. Qualified applicants will be invited to visit for an interview in the fall.

      Fellowship Application Status
      2018-2019 – Fellowship position filled
      2019-2020 – Fellowship position open
      2020-2021 – Fellowship position filled

Please include in your application:

  1. CV
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  3. Personal Statement
  4. USMLE/COMLEX Scores (1,2, and 3)
  5. ECFMG certification (if applicable)​​

For more information about our program or to apply, please contact:

Caitlin Taylor
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

 *​For all training verfications please email: Neurology-Verify@ucdenver.edu

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