Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship
The Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship offers 2- and 3-year fellowships with training in both adult and pediatric autoimmune disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system. The focus is on rare autoimmune disorders of the nervous system. Furthermore, fellows will have opportunities for participation in clinical or basic science research. Clinical and clinical research fellowships are two years in duration while fellowships including a basic science focus are three years in duration.
Fellows will become adept in the diagnosis and management of the following:
- Rare autoimmune and paraneoplastic disorders of the brain and spinal cord (including transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration, and autoimmune encephalitis)
- Autoimmune neuromuscular disorders (including myasthenia gravis, neuromyotonia, and paraneoplastic neuropathies)
Fellows will work in both adult and pediatric ambulatory and inpatient settings with training in diagnostic testing, empiric therapy, long-term immunotherapy and rehabilitation of patients with these disorders. Use and interpretation of neurological autoantibody testing, neuroimaging, and neurophysiology testing will be emphasized. Fellows will work in a multidisciplinary setting that includes neurologists, therapists, neuropsychologists, urologists, ophthalmologists, and immunologists.
Fellows will be trained in clinical and translational research. Support from the
Perot Foundation Neuroscience Translational Research Center will allow for fellows to pursue novel research projects and be mentored in the techniques and regulatory requirements for investigator-initiated studies. Fellows will be expected to actively participate in research and publish during fellowship.
Fellows rotate through the adult Transverse Myelitis and Neuromyelitis Optica Program, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Autoimmune Encephalitis Clinic, and Autoimmune Neuromuscular Clinic at UT Southwestern and the pediatric CONQUER program at Children’s Health℠. Autoimmune neurology inpatient consultations take place at Parkland Hospital, Children's Health, William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, and Zale Lipshy Pavilion—William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, which is a dedicated neuroscience hospital.
Applications are generally accepted 18 months prior to the anticipated start of training. This is typically in December of the PGY-3 year for Adult Neurology Residents, or PGY-4 year for Pediatric Neurology Residents. Interviews typically occur thereafter in March. Fellows must complete either an adult or pediatric neurology residency and be eligible for board certification by the ABPN.
A complete application should contain the following:
- AY 2021-22 Neuroimmunology – Autoimmune Track application
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation (one from your current program director)
- USMLE score report or equivalent
Send completed application to neurofellowship@UTSouthwestern.edu.