Curriculum

The following curriculum areas have been reviewed and are required for this fellowship (adapted from AAN):

The Core Curriculum is broadly written, and may have applicability at several levels of training. Our fellowship program will provide access to both inpatient and outpatient experiences, within the setting of a dedicated MS clinic or rehabilitation facility, with the presence of a multidisciplinary health care team. This will provide education in the comprehensive management that is central to the care of persons with MS. Additionally, there will be opportunity for research either in a clinical area, including didactic instruction in clinical research methodology and statistics, and/or in collaboration with a basic scientist (e.g., immunology, pathology, neurophysiology). At the end of the training, the fellow should have the capacity to:

  1. Recognize common and unusual presentations and manifestations of MS, NMO and other CNS immune-mediated disorders
  2. Generate a differential diagnosis of the broad spectrum of Multiple Sclerosis, its variants, and its mimics
  3. Describe the basic immunopathophysiology of MS and related neuroimmunological disorders
  4. Discuss sensitivities, specificities, and indications for paraclinical and emerging tests that are used to help establish (or rule out) a diagnosis of MS
  5. Manage primary and secondary symptoms of MS
  6. Describe treatment of MS with disease modifying agents
  7. Lead the health care team in the rehabilitative approach to caring for persons with MS
  8. Serve as an expert consultant for questions of complicated management issues in persons with MS
  9. Design innovative treatment approaches utilizing neurologic and rehabilitative strategies
  10. Provide a critical review of current literature regarding research and clinical trials in MS
  11. Implement clinical or basic science research in an MS or MS related area
  12. Appreciate the vital role played in comprehensive clinical care of the MS patient played by subspecialty and other medical providers; including physiatrist and rehabilitative medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, urology, neurosurgery and indications for device placement, and complementary and alternative therapies

Fellows also meet with the Director every week to update clinical research projects, and receive direct mentorship on clinical skills, writing and publications. Fellows present all cases at the weekly MS meetings.