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.

Department & Faculty:

The Department of Neurology has a history of excellence in neurology and neurology subspecialty training programs since the 1940s. We currently have 24 G1 through G4 residents plus subspecialty fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology, Vascular Neurology, Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (Neurointervention), Movement Disorders, Neuromuscular Medicine, and NeuroCritical Care.

This movement disorders program has an outstanding faculty with a broad range of interests — from the design and implementation of clinical trials to basic research:

James Ashe, MD
Khalaf Bushara, MD
Scott Cooper, MD, PhD
Noam Harel, PhD
Scott Lewis, MD, PhD
Colum Mackinnon, PhD
Greg Molnar, PhD
Martha Nance, MD
David Rottenberg, MD
Lauren Schrock, MD, Program Director
Paul Tuite, MD
Jerrold Vitek, MD, PhD

Duration of Fellowship: Two years
Number of Fellows per Year: 1-2

Requirements & Application Process

Applicants should be completing an ACGME-accredited neurology residency and be ABPN board eligible before starting the fellowship. Additionally, applicants must be eligible for a full MN Board license.

Applicants meeting the above qualifications are asked to register with the San Francisco Match between April 1st and May 15th and submit the following directly to their central application service:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty/mentors on letterhead with signature
  • A personal statement of interest in this fellowship or career path
  • Copy of UMSLE or COMLEX official score reports
  • A copy of your current ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates)
  • Our coordinator will request information about your current visa/citizenship status (only J-1 visas sponsored by ECFMG are accepted)

Contact Information
Pat Bulgerin, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: bulge006@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-9110
FAX: 612-624-0687, Attn: Pat B.
University of Minnesota, Department of Neurology
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 295, Suite 12-100 PWB

Consideration for an interview will be given following the download of a completed application through San Francisco Match no later than July 1st. Fellow selection is accomplished through the San Francisco Match, with ranking and selection taking place in early September.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.