The University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center (MDC) began training fellows in 2003. The program has been formalized and expanded considerably since. MDC’s fellowship program now matches 2 trainees yearly and encourages a 2-year track. MDC has graduated 18 fellows. Of those, 6 have gone to academic careers, 3 to private practice with active clinical trials, and 5 to private practice in underserved communities. MDC is currently training 4 fellows – 2 second year and 2 first-year fellows. By graduation, fellows are experts in the management of all stages of PD, advanced therapies (Including DBS selection and management & Duopa), clinical trials, alternative approaches to care, and end-of-life care, and end-of-life decision making (CO allows medical aid in dying). Fellows receive ten hours of intensive didactic training at the beginning of their fellowship in addition to attending the Movement Disorders Society’s Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinical Practitioner. Throughout the year, fellows receive approximately 2 hours of formal instruction weekly. MDC also hosts a monthly Interdisciplinary Lecture Series when researchers and clinicians are brought in to discuss overlaps of care with movement disorders in a formal presentation. Other training includes weekly video rounds and monthly journal clubs with all MDC faculty.
The University of Colorado Hospital is ranked among the top 10 academic hospitals in the United States according to the 2017 Vizient Inc.’s (formerly University HealthSystem Consortium) Quality and Accountability Study. U.S. News & World Report recognizes the University of Colorado Hospital as one of the best hospitals in the nation and has ranked our hospital’s specialties – including Neurology and Neurosurgery – among the best in the nation for the past 20 years.
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest provider of comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care in the Rocky Mountain Region. Our program serves as a major tertiary referral center for Colorado and many neighboring states; our service area spans from beyond the Rocky Mountains to the Midwest and the northern US border. We serve thousands of adult and pediatric patients yearly, including patients with Parkinson disease, dystonia, tremor, myoclonus, chorea, and other movement disorders.
Our fellowship is looking for high-quality neurologists with a passion for movement disorders. During their first year of training, fellows will receive a solid, comprehensive clinical experience across the breadth of Movement Disorders. Fellows are strongly encouraged to complete the second year of training which is adapted to focus on the fellow’s research interests and to promote their post-graduation plans.
Our fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research programs during their training. Clinical fellows are required to complete a research project during their tenure. Each of our faculty has active research with unique and overlapping areas of focus. Fellows will identify a faculty mentor at the beginning of their first year of training who will help develop the fellow’s own research interests and assist in grant development. Our faculty’s research programs include surgical approaches to the management of movement disorders, palliative care, neuroprotective and novel symptomatic treatment of Parkinson and Huntington’s disease, spinocerebellar ataxias, therapeutic uses of magnetoencephalography, cortical network patterns, fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome experimental therapeutics, among others. The programs are funded by NIH, PCORI, DOD, Michael J. Fox, other foundations and pharmaceutical companies.
Our fellows become experts in the recognition of movement disorders and their differential diagnoses, the development of evaluations and treatment plans, the pharmacological and surgical management of Parkinson disease and dystonia, as well as in the administration of botulinum toxin. The Movement Disorders Center houses a very busy DBS Center with an experienced and collaborative team of experts. Our large multi-disciplinary team includes neurosurgeons, movement disorders specialists, neuropsychologists, rehabilitation specialists, advanced practice providers, physical therapists, and speech and swallow therapists. This dedicated team provides treatment for Parkinson disease, tremor, dystonia, orthostatic tremor, and obsessive-compulsive disease. Fellows participate in weekly team conferences and train in all aspects of DBS, including patient assessment and selection, brain target decision-making, intraoperative neurophysiology, post-operative programming, and troubleshooting. We train our fellows thoroughly on botulinum toxin injection techniques and the overall management of muscle over-activity syndromes. While the majority of the patients we treat have movement disorders, (e.g. dystonia, tremor, or dyskinesias of various types), we also provide injections for other conditions for which botulinum toxin is indicated, such as migraine, spasticity, bruxism, and sialorrhea
We have thirteen faculty members working together to train two fellows each year. Each of our faculty has unique areas of expertise within movement disorders; all are committed and respected clinicians, teachers, and academicians. In addition to a solid exposure to general movement disorders, our fellows learn from specialty clinics focused on pediatric, neuro-ophthalmologic and ataxic movement disorders, Huntington’s disease, deep brain stimulation (DBS), and botulinum toxin injections. We also have dedicated movement disorders palliative care clinics that are unique in the US and are an essential part of providing quality, comprehensive care. Our faculty hold clinics mostly at the University of Colorado Hospital, the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and our county hospital, Denver Health. However, fellows may be required to travel to additional faculty clinics in Boulder, Lowry, and Lone Tree.
To Apply to the University of Colorado Movement Disorders Fellowship
- Completion of a three-year approved neurology residency
- Board-certified or board-eligible in Neurology by the start of the program
- Successful completion of the USMLE/COMPLEX steps 1, 2, and 3 prior to the start of the program
- All applicants for non-ACGME fellowship programs must be eligible for and must obtain a full Colorado medical license prior to the start of the program. Licensing requirements can be found on the Department of Regulatory Agencies page:
Application materials must be submitted through MODIF/SF Match and must include:
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- Copy of USMLE/COMPLEX Score (1, 2, & 3) Reports
- ECFMG certification, if applicable
Applicants must register with MODIF in order to apply to our movement disorders fellowship. To register. The Match calendar is listed on the SF Match website. Applications will be received between March and June and interviews will occur from May-August.