Movement Disorders Fellowship
The Clinical Center for Movement Disorders at UT Southwestern Medical Center offers a one-year, comprehensive fellowship during which the fellow will have an opportunity to train with five fellowship-trained movement disorders specialists.
The fellow is involved with the diagnosis and management of a wide spectrum of movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, atypical Parkinsonian syndromes, dystonia, ataxias, Huntington disease, and secondary movement disorders.
The fellow has an active role in all aspects of the neuromodulation program:
- Performing evaluations for patients considering surgery for movement disorders
- Presenting cases at the interdisciplinary meetings
- Participating in intraoperative stereotactic planning and microelectrode recordings
- Programming DBS devices and assessing outcomes
The fellow will see patients in the following settings:
- Movement disorders clinic in the faculty practice at the Aston clinic
- Movement disorders patients in the general neurology clinic at Parkland Memorial Hospital
- Occasional movement disorders consults at Parkland, William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, and Zale Lipshy University Hospital
Neurotherapeutic interventions for movement disorders also include chemodenervation clinics. The fellow gets hands-on training in EMG-guided botulinum toxin treatment of hyperkinetic movement disorders and spasticity.
Fellowship didactic curriculum includes regularly scheduled video rounds that afford recognition of complex phenomenology of movements and their management, journal clubs, and case presentations. Additionally, the fellow can participate in a variety of ongoing clinical research projects. The fellow will have an opportunity to attend the Aspen movement disorders course offered through Columbia University in the month of July with course directors Drs. Stan Fahn and Mark Hallet. Our fellows traditionally present abstracts at national and international meetings including AAN, ANA, and MDS, and get an opportunity to attend some of these meetings.
The application and selection process for the Movement Disorders Fellowship Program goes through the San Francisco Match, which opens for applications in April of the PGY-3 year (one year prior to starting the fellowship) with a match in mid-September.
Additional questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Chitnis or neurofellowship@UTSouthwestern.edu.