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Movement Disorders Fellowship


Program Length: One year with the opportunity for a second year
Salary: Consistent with PGY level
Application: By Sept. 1
Notification: By mid-November

The University of Colorado Movement Disorders Clinics serve approximately 2,000 adult and pediatric patients in the Rocky Mountain region. The clinic, established in the early 1980s, has four faculty members, a nurse practitioner, scheduler and support staff. All faculty participate in teaching at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and in the University of Colorado Movement Disorders fellowship program. The faculty have active clinical practices and research programs, with studies in the Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome, deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease (PD), epidemiology and genetics of movement disorders, neuroprotection for PD and many others. Drs. Maureen Leehey, Olga Klepitskaya, Benzi Kluger, and Brian Berman all participate in clinical trials.

The goal of the fellowship is to train neurologists to become experts in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders. This includes: parkinsonian disorders, tremors, dystonia, tics, myoclonus, chorea and ataxia. The fellowship program is a one year program that can be individualized for each trainee. The curriculum follows the American Academy of Neurology Movement Disorders fellowship core curriculum.

Fellows work directly with the movement disorder faculty: Drs. Kluger, Leehey, Klepitskaya, and Berman; and the movement disorder neurosurgeon, Dr. Steve Ojemann. Dr. Leehey coordinates the program and assists the fellows in research project selection. Fellows learn a core of clinical knowledge supplemented by basic science relevant to the field of movement disorders by direct interaction with patients and faculty. Fellows also learn therapeutic use of botulinim toxin injections for dystonia and hemifacial spasm; clinical rating scales for movement disorders and deep brain stimulator programming.

A weekly movement disorder education program; including lectures, video rounds, journal club, case presentations, and research talks, is an integral part of training. The curriculum includes training in emergency management of movement disorders, neurorehabilitation, neuroimaging, neuroepidemiology, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neurosurgical treatments for movement disorders, cellular biology and teaching experience for fellows. Reading will also be assigned on related topics. In addition, fellows will be required to complete at least 20 hours of continuing medical education annually.

Clinical fellows may participate in ongoing research projects and are encouraged to develop their own ideas and research. The faculty are funded as principal investigators or co-investigator on several NIH grants and provide mentorship for grant development. Research skill training in clinical or basic science is available, to include epidemiology, research design and analysis, and clinical trial methodology. Formal didactic coursework through the University of Colorado Clinical Science Program is also available.

Applicants to the fellowship program must have completed a three-year approved neurology residency; however, non-traditional applicants may be accepted. Applicants must register with MODIF in order to apply to our movement disorders fellowship. To register, please visit: www.sfmatch.org.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Holly Ables
Telephone: 303.724.5899
E-mailNeurology-education@ucdenver.edu

Applicants may be invited to visit the center in August-October for an interview shortly thereafter.