The Department of Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers two Movement Disorders Fellowships. Fellows are anchored at different sites, but shared conferences and resources ensure the depth and breadth of movement disorders faculty and rare cases.
The Mount Sinai Medical Center Department of Neurology offers a fellowship in movement disorders that is a one- to two-year program (non-ACGME accredited). It focuses on training fellows to become academic movement disorder specialists with expertise in diagnosing and managing Parkinson’s disease, the atypical parkinsonian syndromes, dystonia, tremors, tics and Tourette's syndrome, chorea, ataxia, and other rare movement disorders. Fellows receive comprehensive training in deep brain stimulation (DBS) at the largest DBS center in the northeast as well as significant exposure to the clinical applications of botulinum toxin injections. We collaborate with the Fishberg Department of Neuroscience, as well as the Departments of Neuropathology, Functional Neurosurgery, the Center for Vertigo and Balance, and Genetics.
Fellows work directly with the clinical attendings during the first year of the program. During that time, fellows are immersed clinically, evaluating and managing a wide variety of patients. Fellows also learn to identify and evaluate prospective candidates for DBS as well as actively participate in stimulation programming. Fellows see patients with the faculty in the Movement Disorders Center, attend the bi-monthly movement disorders clinic, and make monthy visits to the James. J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx. where patients are seen with Ruth Walker, PhD, MB, ChB.
The second year of the program is optional and is decided upon with the faculty midway through the first year. It is tailored towards expanding research experience (e.g., basic science, translational research, clinical trials) initiated during the first year of fellowship. Fellows with particular interest in neuromodulation will gain exposure to intraoperative assistance during DBS surgery in their second year.
Fellows are expected to read widely in the movement disorder literature, take a proactive role in our clinical and research activities, help mentor our residents and students, and prepare and present the results of your work at national meetings such as the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting and the annual conference of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society. During the first year of the program, fellows attend the Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinical Practitioner in Aspen, Colorado, which offers educational opportunities as well as the chance to meet fellows and attendings from around the country.
During both years of the program, fellows regularly attend conferences within the division including weekly video rounds where videos of patients are discussed, bi-weekly research meetings, monthly interdisciplinary neurosurgery conferences with Mount Sinai Beth Israel, monthly journal clubs, and weekly neurology Grand Rounds. We expect that fellows will participate in these conferences and prepare presentations for delivery.
We select two fellows each year. We are interested in applicants who have completed a three-year neurology residency at an approved training program. As a clinical fellow, you must be licensed to practice in New York State before beginning the fellowship.
To apply, download the application, and submit a copy of your curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement to the Program Coordinator and Program Director. The fellowship begins on July 1 and we recommend you submit your application before January 1 of the year prior to starting. We conduct interviews with selected candidates soon after we receive the applications.
Our faculty has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating all aspects of movement disorders.