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What Are Movement Disorders?

Movement disorders are conditions that impact muscle tone and motor control. A movement disorders subspecialist focuses on the pathogenesis and treatment of these conditions.

About the Movement Disorders Fellowship

A trainee of the Drexel Movement Disorders Fellowship will work alongside faculty to develop a strong foundation in the clinical management of hyper- and hypokinetic neurodegenerative diseases such as:

  • Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease
  • Common movement disorders such as essential tremor and tics
  • Emerging fields such as functional movement disorders

There will also be exposure to genetic and acquired ataxias and dystonias.

Curriculum

The Movement Disorders Fellowship will focus on understanding the pathology of motor control and clinical management of a spectrum of disorders from common to rare. Movement disorders fellows will learn the clinical skills required to evaluate and treat patients with such conditions, as well as the procedural skills of Botulinum toxin injections, deep brain stimulation programming and DUOPA pump management. As a complement to clinical practice, movement disorders fellows will also engage in professional development, interpersonal and communication skills development, and practice- and systems-based competencies required for this medical subspecialty.

Movement disorders fellows will be given weekly lectures concerning various topics relating to movement disorders. Specialty-specific journal clubs will be organized monthly for residents and students. Fellows will also be required to present at grand rounds and participate in an investigator-initiated research project.

Clinical Experience

Movement disorders fellows will rotate through clinics within our Movement Disorders Center, our rehabilitation therapy partners, our surgical partners (for deep brain stimulation and DUOPA pump) and our neuropsychiatric and cognitive disorders programs.

Initially, all movement disorders fellows' clinical activities will be supervised. Slowly, with time, fellows will transition to providing patient care more independently.

Research

The Movement Disorders Fellowship will teach the basics in research, trial designs and critical evaluation of literature. Fellows will be expected to create and finish at least one research project resulting in publication or presentation during their fellowship.

Program Requirements

Before you apply to the Movement Disorders Fellowship, please make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • You must possess a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or its territories.
  • You must be a graduate of a residency program in neurology or psychiatry accredited by the ACGME.
  • You must be board certified or eligible for ABMS certification in neurology and/or psychiatry.

Visa Information

A candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States in order to be appointed/employed in our institution. We reserve the right to elect to not hire candidates who require immigration sponsorship, such as the H1B visa, which is no longer sponsored by our institution. We do accept certain non-employer sponsored visas, such as the J1. If you currently, or in the future, require employer sponsorship for a visa status, you must communicate this during the interview process.

How to Apply

To apply to the Movement Disorders Fellowship, please download and complete the application form [PDF], and submit it along with the following:

  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation

Submit all materials to Nicole Myers at nm542@drexel.edu. For more information, please contact Nicole at 215.762.4592.

 
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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.