The Department of Neurology offers several fellowship opportunities in clinical and postdoctoral areas.
The Autoimmune Neurology Fellowship is designed to provide training to fellows interested in pursuing a career as an academic neurologist training in the treatment of autoimmune and paraneoplastic neurologic disease and can be tailored to individual subspecialty interests. Fellows spend time in both the Autoimmune Neurology and Neuroimmunology clinics and also spend a month at the national referral laboratory on campus—ARUP—learning techniques used in the evaluation of antibody-mediated disorders. Fellows have opportunities to participate in a wide range of research projects—including basic, clinical, and/or translations. We accept 1–2 fellows annually for a 1–2 year experience.
Program Director: Stacey Clardy, MD, PhD
The Autonomic Disorders Fellowship at the University of Utah is a one- or two-year fellowship that provides dedicated training in advanced anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), as well as skills in the clinical and laboratory diagnosis of the full spectrum of central and peripheral ANS disorders, including pharmacological management of ANS disorders. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue clinical and/or research tracks, with numerous opportunities to participate in projects focused on laboratory research, translational research, and/or clinical trials, based on the goals of the individual fellow.
This fellowship is accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). As a graduate of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the UCNS Autonomic Disorders Examination and ultimately become certified in autonomic disorders by the UCNS.
Program Director: Melissa Cortez, DO
The Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited, one-year program that is tailored to provide a strong foundation in EEG, EMG, IOM, and/or sleep. Our fellowship is designed to emphasize EEG reading skills with a nine-month emphasis covering our epilepsy monitoring unit, ICU EEG monitoring, and pediatric EEG studies, among other outpatient and inpatient EEG studies. Additional months provide opportunities for exposure to other clinical neurophysiology relevant fields as mentioned above.
Program Director: Blake Newman, MD
The Epilepsy Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited, one-year program that allows fellows to pursue either adult or pediatric-focused epilepsy training. Fellows spend time developing skills related to the diagnosis and management of epilepsy and related disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient environment. Significant focus is placed on training on using EEGs, Stereo EEGs, subdural grids, and peripheral and central neurostimulatory devices, as well as presurgical evaluations of epilepsy, exposure to imaging modalities, and neuropsychological testing. We accept 1–2 fellows annually for a one-year experience.
Program Director: Amir Arain, MD, MPH
The Headache Fellowship at the University of Utah is certified by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS).Fellows see patients with complex headache disorders in a multi-disciplinary system; in addition to training in the behavioral aspects of headache medicine and training in pediatric headache, fellows complete an introductory course to epidemiology and statistics. There are opportunities to teach and do clinical research projects. We accept one fellow annually for a one-year experience.
Program Director: Kathleen Digre, MD
The Movement Disorders Fellowship at the University of Utah offers broad clinical exposure to movement disorders, including botulinum toxin injection and DBS programming. Trainees have exposure to an active clinical trials program and are offered a Masters in Clinical Investigation. We accept one fellow annually for a 1-2 year experience.
The UCNS-accredited Neurocritical Care Fellowship is a two-year training program that provides fellows from diverse residency backgrounds (neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesia, internal medicine, emergency medicine) with excellent critical-care training by a multidisciplinary faculty. Fellows rotate through NCC, SICU, MICU, stroke, and electrophysiology and gain valuable critical-care experience. Fellows are also expected to participate in research and teaching opportunities. We accept one fellow at a time for a two-year experience.
The Neuroimmunology Fellowship is designed to provide training to fellows interested in pursuing a career as an academic neurology trained in multiple sclerosis (MS) and related central nervous system demyelinating diseases. Fellows spend time in the MS and Neuroimmunology Clinics and may pursue a clinical or research track, with numerous opportunities to participate in projects focused on laboratory research, translational research, and/or clinical trials, based on the goals of the individual fellows. Research opportunities include therapeutics, imaging, neuropathology and biomarker development. We accept one fellow annually for a 1–2 year experience.
Program Director: John Rose, MD
The University of Utah Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship is ACGME-accredited and provides advanced clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of peripheral nerve and muscle diseases. Dedicated Neuromuscular disease clinics are followed by afternoon Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography in order to provide optimum continuity in electrodiagnosis. Performance and interpretation of NCS/EMG with exposure to specialized techniques including SFEMG and MUNE is a focus of the fellowship. Fellows also rotate through dedicated motor neuron disease, muscular dystrophy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation sports medicine, pediatric electrodiagnosis and spine clinics, and learn to read and interpret nerve and muscle biopsies. Utah accepts up to two fellows annually for 12 months of training. With advanced planning, a second fellowship year devoted to clinical research development can be arranged.
Program Director: Clark Moser, MD
As defined by the United College of Neurologic Subspecialties, neuro-oncology is “a subspecialty that involves the neurological, medical, surgical, and oncologic management of patients with primary or metastatic central and peripheral nervous system neoplasms and any other disorders or complications affecting the nervous system that result directly or indirectly from nervous system or systemic neoplasms or from related treatment.” We accept one fellow per year for a 1-2 year experience.
The AUPO-approved Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellows trains neurologists and ophthalmologists in neuro-ophthalmology at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah. The neuro-ophthalmology division sees patients with disorders of the optic nerve, pupil, and eye movements. Fellows participate in patient care and education. There are opportunities for clinical research projects. We accept one fellow for a one- year experience.
Postdoctoral: Neurodegenerative Disease in the Pulst Lab
The laboratories of Stefan Pulst, MD, and Daniel Scoles, PhD, are looking for two post-doctoral fellows to conduct research on adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases. Our focus is on cerebellar degenerations as well as motor neuron disease and FTD. Our interests range from RNA stress granule formation and the role of RNA-binding proteins in regulating autophagy and the integrated stress response to the development of RNA-based therapeutics that target key molecules involved in these pathways. We have long-term NIH funding to support these positions.
Stroke & Neurovascular
The Neurovascular Fellowship is ACGME-accredited and offers training in neurocritical care, telestroke, TCDs, and stroke rehabilitation. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, we have high patient volume and large variety of vascular pathology, including genetic syndromes, stroke in the young and other rare causes of stroke. Unique fellowship features include a pediatric stroke clinic; planning/implementing of multi-center trials; mentoring in execution of individual research projects; and many teaching/speaking opportunities internally and to the community, including to our telestroke sites. As a StrokeNet regional coordinating center, we are experienced in clinical trials and have StrokeNet funding for accepted fellows. We accept 1-2 fellows annually for a 1-2 year experience.
Program Director: Vivek Reddy, MD