Stroke Neurovascular Fellowship
The University of Utah Stroke Center is the referral center for stroke over a four-state area, resulting in high patient volume and a large variety of vascular pathology.
We utilize a rapid-response “brain attack” team approach for all stroke patients, including pre-hospital notification, 24/7 intra-arterial therapy, and the innovative Telestroke program.
We offer neuro-critical care, stroke-specific rehabilitation, and pediatric and adult outpatient stroke clinic. We also benefit from great collaborators in many other fields.
Our sample block diagram gives an example of what a fellowship year could look like.
We have been training fellows since 2008 and have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Examination (ACGME) since 2009.
Greetings from the Program Director
Thank you for taking the time to visit our fellowship's website. The University of Utah is a fantastic place to train for a career in either academic or private practice vascular neurology. We take pride in the training of our fellows. Our approach is to provide fellows with ample clinical experience, but to guide them towards a supervisory role, not that of a resident. We expect our fellows to be independent and eager to learn, but we also mentor them to focus on the relevant and evidence-based aspects of vascular neurology that they will need in their future careers.
Our team currently comprises six vascular neurologists, four neurointensivists, and two endovascular interventionalists (one radiologist and one neurosurgeon). The Stroke Center at the University of Utah is known for its collegial attitude, multidisciplinary conferences, and active research collaborations. All fellows are expected to pursue research and quality-improvement projects and will be supervised by appropriate Stroke Center faculty to achieve the goal of that project prior to completion of the fellowship. We have terrific electives. I have guided multiple fellows through the ASN transcranial doppler accreditation. Our fellows average 46 telestroke consults per year and are encouraged to participate in site visits at our 26 telestroke partners in the Mountain West. For the remainder of your elective time, we are very flexible in regards to how you spend it, as long as the goal is worthwhile. We have had fellows travel to Africa, learn echocardiogram technique, botox for post-stroke spasticity, and receive wide-ranging endovascular exposure.
As a StrokeNet regional coordinating center, we provide exposure to cutting-edge stroke trials and advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities. Our fellows are eligible for the StrokeNet Neurovascular Research Training and Career Development Program, which includes both hands-on and experiential learning in clinical trials and formal methodological training. A second year focused purely on research, such as imbedding in a neurovascular lab, can also be pursued. We encourage fellows to take advantage of the biostatistical training opportunities available through the University of Utah Center for Clinical Translational Sciences, including formal coursework in the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program.
Finally, Salt Lake City is a wonderful place to train, with affordable housing, high quality of life, and the Wasatch mountains out your back door combined with the stunning desert landscapes near Moab only hours away. We are passionate about our program and hope you will consider applying!
Adam de Havenon, MD