Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship

UT Southwestern Medical Center's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine (BIM). The Fellow will be exposed to the continuum of care using the Brain Injury rehabilitation model, including acute brain injury trauma at a Level I Trauma Center, acute inpatient rehabilitation, and community reintegration/residential transitional brain injury programs. The transitional brain injury programs offer cognitive programs, neuropsychological testing/support and vocational rehabilitation services, as well as traditional occupation, physical and speech therapies.

Fellows will gain knowledge and experiences in advanced spasticity management and techniques; including botulinum toxin injections, phenol neurolysis (motor point blocks), and intrathecal baclofen pump evaluation and management. Additionally, they will become expert in epidemiology and the nature of traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion management and treatment of mild TBI/cognitive recovery following TBI. Fellows will learn the various types of physiological changes in the brain resulting from trauma, common behavioral problems associated with damage to various areas of the brain and factors complicating the assessment of post-concussion syndrome. Mastery of these areas will give the fellow with a unique set of attitudes, knowledge and psychomotor skills in clinical management of patients with brain injury.

The BIM fellows participate in on-going research. Protected time is assigned and fellows are provided with a formal education series resulting in understanding the basic principles of study design, performance, data analysis and reporting results.

Application Process

Applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program or an RCPSC-accredited program located in Canada in one of the following: child neurology, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, or sports medicine.