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 Movement Disorders Program holds an annual symposium on Parkinson disease for patients and their families.

The fellow is involved with the diagnosis and management of a wide spectrum of movement disorders including Parkinson 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 Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital and St. Paul 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 Dr. Stan Fahn and Dr. 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.

We will be accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year in April 2014 when the San Francisco Match opens as we are now part of the match. Your application form (click here to download application), CV, 2-3 letters of reference, and a personal statement can be sent to:

Sheila Palos: fellowship@utsouthwestern.edu
Attn: Shilpa Chitnis, M.D., PhD.
Movement Disorders Fellowship Director
5323 Harry Hines Blvd, J 300
Dallas, TX 75390-9036
Phone 214-648-2943
Fax: 214-648-8540
Email: Shilpa.Chitnis@UTSouthwestern.edu