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Duration of Fellowship: One year

Starting Date: July 1

Salary level: PGY 5

Prerequisites: Applicants must be Board Certified or Board Eligible by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or have equivalent certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Program Description:

The Department of Neurology at UNC Health Care offers a one-year fellowship in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The fellows will receive focused training in the diagnosis and management of patients with various movement disorders including: Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonism plus syndromes, tremor, focal and generalized dystonia, Huntington’s disease and other choreas, Tourette’s syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, myoclonus, and other rare disorders associated with abnormal movements.

Goals of the clinical fellowship in movement disorders

  1. To develop expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of adult movement disorders.
  2. To develop competence in the therapeutic use of the deep brain stimulation for movement disorders.
  3. To develop competence in the therapeutic use of the botulinum toxin injection for focal and generalized dystonia, hemifacial spasm and spasticity.
  4. To develop a core of clinical and basic science knowledge relevant to the field of movement disorders.
  5. To skillfully use movement disorders rating scales in everyday clinical practice.

The clinical fellow is assigned to six half days a week for outpatient care at the UNC Movement Disorder Center interfacing directly with a movement disorder attending for each session. The fellow injects at the chemodenervation clinic twice per month. The fellow is also assigned to one operative movement disorder case per week and participates in intraoperative monitoring of the deep brain stimulation surgical case weekly.

The fellow may join clinical trials and research protocols conducted through the Movement Disorder Center and he or she will be encouraged and mentored through their own clinical research projects in movement disorder.

In order to develop a core of clinical and basic science knowledge relevant to the field of movement disorders and to become familiar with rating scales used in movement disorders, the fellow participates in weekly video rounds, monthly clinical comprehensive care team meetings through National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence PD Interdisciplinary Team Assessment, bi-monthly movement disorders journal club and weekly neurology grand rounds.

How to Apply

Please apply by sending a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation to Nina Browner, MD at the e-mail or postal address below. Interviews usually are held July – October during the year prior to starting fellowship. Our fellowship is not part of the Movement Disorders match program. UNC is an equal opportunity employer.

Nina Browner, MD
Program Director, Movement Disorders Fellowship
Department of Neurology
Physicians Office Building
170 Manning Drive, CB#7025
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7025