Message from the Director
The Movement Disorders fellowship at the University of Vermont is a one-year program designed to provide comprehensive training in the diagnosis and management of a variety of movement disorders. Fellows will work with three full-time Movement Disorder physicians, as well as a multidisciplinary group of providers including psychiatry, neurosurgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, LiCSW counselor, and genetic counselor. Clinic time will average six half days per week. In addition, fellows will spend at least ½ day per week in a dedicated botulinum toxin clinic treating cervical dystonia, hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, and other focal dystonias/spasticity. The University of Vermont has an active Deep Brain Stimulation program, averaging 1-2 surgeries per month. Fellows will have the opportunity to evaluate patients for DBS candidacy, participate in the multidisciplinary DBS patient care conference, observe DBS procedures in the operating room, and gain experience with initial and subsequent programming. There are no overnight or weekend call responsibilities, however, fellows may be asked to consult on management of inpatient movement disorder patients if requested by the Neurology team.
In addition to clinical responsibilities, fellows will participate in educational sessions and didactics that include:
- Weekly Neurology Grand Rounds
- Biweekly Movement Disorders Video Rounds
- Journal Club
- Annual “Aspen Course” - A Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders for the Clinical Practitioner
Fellows will be actively involved in resident education through clinical engagement and didactics, as well as medical student education through our partnership with the University Of Vermont Larner College Of Medicine.
While there is no mandatory research requirement, fellows will have the opportunity to develop a small scale research project or quality improvement project under the mentorship of one of our Movement Disorders providers.
The University of Vermont Medical Center is located in Burlington, Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain, and serves approximately 1,000,000 people in Vermont and northern New York. The Frederick C. Binter Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders serves a large and clinically diverse population of various movement disorders and has an active clinical research program. In addition, the center has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.