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Rotations and Responsibilities
The first year of fellowship is clinically intensive, intended to give junior fellows a well-rounded experience in the evaluation and management of movement disorders and build a robust clinical understanding of various phenomenologies and disease processes. Clinic time is split among attending clinics, neuromodulation, chemodenervation, ataxia and fellows' continuity clinics.
In the second year, fellows are encouraged to tailor their clinical experience based on post-fellowship career goals whilst building on their first year foundation. The inpatient movement disorders consult coverage is divided among the first- and second-year fellows.
Inpatient Movement Disorders Consult Service
Movement disorders consult requests from the Johns Hopkins Hospital (main campus) are handled by the inpatient movement disorders consult service comprising one fellow and one staffing attending on a monthly rotation. The consult coverage is provided for weekdays only. This is intended to provide experience with emergencies in movement disorders, acute movement disorders presentations and evaluating patients in an inpatient setting. The consult volume ranges from 0-10 consults per month, with an average of 4 - 6.
Fellows are expected to develop their own research projects or take leadership roles in one or more projects in development. Options include projects under the Udall Center of Excellence, Huntington's Disease Center, Atypical Parkinsonism Clinic, Neuromodulation Center, The Institute of Cell Engineering and Ataxia Center. The Udall Center of Excellence and the Udall-supported Brain Bank support Parkinson pathology and molecular science research.
Fellows are also encouraged to seek out projects from outside the division in areas such as radiology, neuroimmunology, pediatric neurology and psychiatry). The department of Neurology provides support for writing grants (internal grant review) and critical appraisal of projects. Biostatistical and research project support are provided through the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
The division facilitates several patient support activities through its community outreach programs, patient-caregiver engagement events and fundraisers. Our fellows can lend their expertise through public lectures and informational articles on research in newsletters and other media. These activities foster fellows' experience in community outreach, public engagement in research and future practice development.
As a referral center for many international patients, Johns Hopkins offers unique opportunities to interact with patients and their local providers from diverse backgrounds. This includes the option to participate in telemedicine initiatives in movement disorders.
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