Cognitive Neurology Fellowship
Length of Fellowship: 12-24 months
Year Established: 1997
Residents per Year: 1
The Cognitive Neurology Unit (CNU) at BIDMC was established by the founding father of behavioral neurology, Dr. Norman Geshwind, and has trained many of the leaders of the field. The Cognitive Neurology Fellowship program at BIDMC is a UCNS BNN accredited, two-year clinical and research training program designed to train the next generation of academic cognitive neurologists and neuropsychiatrists in the clinical care of patients with brain dysfunction as well as provide them with a research foundation to enable them to become independent clinician scientists.
Interested applicants should provide by mail or email a personal statement, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendations to the program director.
Fellows are expected to develop patient care expertise in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurobehavioral conditions, acquire an expert level of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry knowledge, develop practice-based learning, interpersonal and communication skills, and acquire an understanding of the research methodologies within the field of BNNP.
Clinical experiences through outpatient clinics and inpatient consultative services emphasize training in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, frontotemporal dementia, and Lewy body disease; acquired brain injury such as stroke, anoxic brain injury, and traumatic brain injury; and congenital and inherited disorders such as attention deficit disorder and dyslexia.
Concurrent to clinical training, fellows will develop a research project while working closely with the Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and the CNU. Fellows will have additional access to nationally and internationally recognized clinicians and researchers within BIDMC and in the neighboring Harvard/MIT/BU Schools. Fellows will have access to tools of basic neurobiology, non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS and tCS), electrophysiology (EEG), brain imaging (fMRI, PET/SPECT) as well as neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Fellows also will have an opportunity to take an active role in the many clinical trials being conducted at BIDMC.
The core curriculum includes journal club, seminars, conferences, and lectures within the CNU, Department of Neurology, BIDMC, and the greater Boston science community. Integral to this is our CNU/CNBS grand rounds, a weekly multidisciplinary rounds involving clinical case conferences, patient presentations, and research seminars. Fellows will lead the case presentations as well as play an active role in the discussion and research presentations.