The Movement Disorders Fellowship Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)'s Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center was established in 1999. The fellowship is a two-year program with an option of completing a one-year clinical fellowship training program.
Candidates must complete a three-year ACGME accredited residency training program in Neurology prior to starting the Movement Disorders fellowship. Clinical fellows are required to be licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts prior to beginning the fellowship.
Goals and Objectives for Training
The educational purpose of the Movement Disorders Fellowship is for the fellow to progressively gain the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and manage a wide range of movement disorders.
- Develop expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders in different settings (emergency, inpatient and outpatient), including diagnostic evaluation, treatment, management, counseling and prevention of:
- Parkinson's disease
- Huntington's disease
- Gait disturbances
- Tardive dyskinesia
- Other disorders of the basal ganglia
- Demonstrate physical examination skills to elicit physical findings to aid in the diagnosis of a movement disorder.
- Understand the pharmacology of commonly used medications for treatment of various movement disorders.
- Understand the basic anatomy and pathophysiology of the basal ganglia as it pertains to movement disorders.
- Develop competence in the therapeutic use of botulinum toxin injections for dystonia, hemifacial spasm, and related disorders.
- Develop competence in screening, pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care for patients receiving deep brain stimulation.
- Work effectively with multidisciplinary teams oriented to the care of these patients.
- Order and interpret of laboratory and imaging tests in patients with movement disorders.
- Develop a core of clinical and basic science knowledge relevant to the field of movement disorders.
- Evaluate biomedical and clinical literature relevant to movement disorders.
- Develop the capacity to pursue an academic career in the field of movement disorders.