Movement Disorders Fellowship
The Division of Movement Disorders offers a one-year fellowship for physicians who have completed a U.S.-based neurology residency. The Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation and the Kellar Family Foundation provide support for our fellowship.
Fellows in our division hone their skills through a variety of clinical and research experiences. Our patient-focused philosophy of care is the critical feature that unifies all of the elements of the fellowship.
Movement Disorders Clinical Training
As a fellow, you treat patients primarily at NYU Langone’s Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, supervised by an attending physician. You also treat patients at the movement disorders clinic at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, which draws from an ethnically diverse community, and provide inpatient consultations at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Bellevue.
You also receive training in botulinum toxin injection techniques for blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, cervical dystonia, limb dystonia, spasticity, and other movement disorders. We currently offer botulinum toxin clinics at NYU Langone locations and Bellevue. Fellows are heavily involved in these clinics.
Additional training at NYU Langone’s Center for Neuromodulation involves learning how to assess candidates for deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of movement disorders. You also learn postoperative and long-term programming of the stimulators and have opportunities to learn intraoperative monitoring.
Movement Disorders Research Training
During your fellowship, we encourage you to explore research opportunities at the Fresco Institute. You may get involved in basic science, neurophysiology, DBS, clinical, and epidemiology research.
Basic Science Research
Creating a seamless continuum from basic science to patient care in the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease is at the core of the mission of the Fresco Institute. The basic scientists affiliated with the Fresco Institute include Margaret E. Rice, PhD; Nicolas Tritsch, PhD; and Richard Tsien, PhD, who is also the scientific director of the Fresco Institute. Research in these laboratories includes studies into dopamine regulation, synaptic vesicle dynamics, basal ganglia circuitry, and the molecular basis of neuropathologic behavior.
Movement disorders fellows are encouraged to explore basic science research options at the Fresco Institute and throughout NYU Langone, which includes the Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology.
At the Fresco Institute, we conduct research into the neurophysiology of Parkinson’s disease using noninvasive brain stimulation tools such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and high-density electroencephalography (HD-EEG). Milton C. Biagioni, MD, heads the Fresco Institute’s Neurostimulation Laboratory, in which a number of clinical trials using TMS and tDCS to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease are underway.
We collaborate with investigators at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, and Neuroscience Institute. Current trials evaluate the synergy of exercise and TMS, cognitive training and tDCS, and physical therapy and TMS.
Deep Brain Stimulation Research
Fellows have the opportunity to explore both investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored research in DBS at the Center for Neuromodulation.
Clinical Research and Epidemiology Research
We conduct both investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials at the Fresco Institute. Fellows receive training in the process of conducting clinical trials.
You may submit an application for the 2019–20 academic year starting in the spring of 2019. Interviews take place in July and August.
We participate in the national Movement Disorders Fellowship SF Match Program. Submit your application, which should include three letters of recommendation, a CV, and a personal statement, through SF Match.