Movement Disorders Fellowship at The Mount Sinai Hospital

The Department of Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers two Movement Disorders fellowship tracks—the fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (primarily at 14th Street), and the fellowship at The Mount Sinai Hospital (primarily at 98th Street, with supplemental locations at  Mount Sinai West and James J. Peter VA Medical Center). Fellows from both tracks share conferences and resources to ensure the depth and breadth of movement disorders faculty and cases, including rare diseases.

The Department of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers a fellowship in movement disorders that is a 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 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 neuropathologists, functional neurosurgeons, the Nash Family Department of Neuroscience, the Center for Vertigo and Balance, and the Department of Genetics and Genomics.

Curriculum

Fellows work directly with the clinical attendings and are clinically immersed, evaluating, and managing a wide variety of patients. Fellows will learn to identify and evaluate prospective candidates for DBS as well as actively participate in stimulation programming. Additionally, they will learn about the evaluation of patients for our clinical trial research program which encompasses studies in Parkinson’s disease, botulinum toxin for dystonia, as well as other movement disorders, and will have the opportunity to serve as a sub-investigator on ongoing studies. Our fellows see patients with the faculty in the Movement Disorders Center, attend the bi-monthly movement disorders clinic, and make monthly visits to the James. J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx, where patients are seen with Ruth Walker, PhD, MB, ChB

We expect our fellows 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 will 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 colleagues discuss videos of patients, bi-weekly research meetings, monthly interdisciplinary neurosurgery conferences with Mount Sinai Beth Israel, monthly journal clubs, and weekly neurology grand rounds. We expect fellows to participate in these conferences and prepare presentations for delivery.

Current Fellow for the July 2020 academic year:

Benjamin Dorfman, MD

Faculty at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Winona Tse, MDAssociate Fellowship Director and Lead, The Mount Sinai Hospital

Ruth Walker, MD, PhD

Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD

Fiona Gupta, MD

Miodrag Velickovic, MD

Brian Kopell, MD

Melissa Nirenberg, MD, PhD

Application Process

The Icahn School of Medicine selects one to two fellows each year. We are interested in applicants who have completed a three-year neurology residency at an ACGME/LCME approved training program. Clinical fellows from around the country must be licensed to practice in New York State before beginning.

We participate in the San Francisco Match. Please also submit:

  • CV

  • Three original letters of recommendation

  • Personal statement

The fellowship begins on July 1. We recommend you submit your application by May 21 of the year prior to starting. Interviews with selected candidates are conducted soon after applications are received. Interviews are held on select Tuesdays between June and August, with the opportunity to interview for the Mount Sinai Beth Israel track the following day.

Please contact Dhurata Baci, Fellowship Coordinator at The Mount Sinai Hospital at 212-241-1830 or dhurata.baci@mssm.edu with any questions. You may also contact Jean Peng, MPH at 212-844-6897 or email jean.peng@mountsinai.org.