Vascular Neurology Fellowship

This ACGME-accredited vascular neurology (VN) fellowship at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals provides one year of training in emergency management of stroke, neurocritical care, application of modern neuroimaging techniques, rehabilitation and stroke prevention. Opportunity to proceed into an accredited endovascular surgical neuroradiology (ESN) fellowship or StrokeNet research training may be available for qualified and interested applicants.

Fellows who successfully complete the VN fellowship are eligible to sit for the sub-specialty board examination in VN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology).

Rotations Include:

  • Inpatient neuroICU and stroke Service
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Electives
    • Neurosurgery
    • Neuroradiology
    • Endovascular surgical neuroradiology
    • Others per discussion with the Program Director

As part of the stroke code team the VN fellows participate in stroke cases brought to the emergency room. Fellows take at-home call several nights a week. Fellows also participate regularly in stroke clinics.

All fellows are required to complete at least one research project during the year and will be expected to present their findings at the year-end departmental research symposium in May. Through an NIH-funded Stroke Research Network (StrokeNet) grant, support for further clinical research training may be available as a second year with a research focus.

Conferences are listed in the Program Manual (online). All fellows are expected to attend and participate in the weekly conferences. Detailed information about conferences will be provided during fellowship orientation.

Department & Faculty
This fellowship is one of the Department of Neurology’s graduate medical education training programs that have continuously graduated neurology and subspecialty trainees since the 1940s. Among the significant strengths of the VN program are the range and depth of the clinical experience provided at two teaching hospitals, Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Medical Center; the commitment of the full-time faculty at each of these hospitals to teaching, patient care, and scholarship; and the focus on both clinical and basic research in a diverse neuroscience community.

The University of Minnesota stroke center program is comprised of stroke specialists, neurocritical care specialists, as well as neuro-interventionalists. Active epidemiologic, clinical, and basic research programs focused on cerebrovascular diseases provide opportunities for participating.

Stroke Faculty
Chris Streib, MD (HCMC and UMMC), Program Director
David C. Anderson, MD (UMMC and HCMC)
Oladi Bentho, MD (HCMC and UMMC)
Mustapha Ezzeddine, MD (HCMC and UMMC)
Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, MD, PhD (UMMC)
Ben Miller, MD (UMMC and HCMC)
Bryan Moore, MD (HCMC)
R.A, Reshi, MD (UMMC and HCMC)

Duration of accredited VN Fellowship: One year
Number of Fellows per Year: Three

Requirements & Application Procedures

Applicants must have completed an ACGME- or Royal College of Physicians accredited residency in neurology and passed the USMLE Step 3 examination before entrance into the program and must be board-eligible/certified in neurology.

Three training tracks are available (See ERAS for specifics):

  • VN — one year of accredited VN fellowship
  • VN / StrokeNet research — two-year track: one year of accredited VN fellowship plus one year of NIH-funded StrokeNet research. Additional information may be requested from StrokeNet coordinator Susan Love at lovex008@umn.edu.
  • VN / ESN three year track — one year of accredited VN fellowship, one year of preliminary (not accredited) training, plus the ACGME-accredited senior ESN year.

Please apply to our program through ERAS and indicate the track or tracks in which you may be interested. You will be able to refine the list during an interview visit. If you are aware that the two- or three-year tracks are of interest to you, you must make application to that effect by February 1st. The one-year track will be filled through the NRMP match (See dates on the NRMP website). Faculty will consider offering the two- and three- year tracks outside of the match to qualified candidates that are a good fit with our stroke center team. If so, the two- and three-year tracks will be offered by April 1st.

Please upload the following materials to the ERAS system and register with NRMP. ERAS document uploads take place December-January. The NRMP Match opens in late January, the rank-order list deadline is first week of May, and Match Day falls in mid-May. Our interviews are planned for February-March.

  • Your latest curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (signed, on letterhead)
  • A personal statement of interest in this subspecialty/ies and career path
  • Email indication of visa status
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate (if international medical graduate)
  • Copy of USMLE/COMLEX examination score reports for Steps 1, 2 and 3

VN Fellowship Contact Information
Cathie Witzel, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: witz0007@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-1969
FAX: 612-624-0687, Attn: Cathie.

Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview with the Program Director and selected faculty members.

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