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Vascular Neurology Fellowship

The McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University offers a one-year, ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology Fellowship. Fellows are predominantly trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and are eligible for the Subspecialty of Vascular Neurology (ABPN) examinations.

The overall goal of our fellowship is to ensure that fellows are well trained in all relevant areas of vascular neurology. These include the acute diagnosis and treatment of patients with all types of stroke, the primary and secondary prevention of stroke and post-stroke recovery.

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 Education

The vascular neurology fellow will participate in the multidisciplinary care of patients with cerebrovascular disease, acquire detailed knowledge of cerebrovascular disease and manage patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, including stroke units and critical care units. As part of the training, the vascular neurology fellow will gain expertise in other areas, including basic science, epidemiology, clinical neurology, neuroimaging, neurocritical care, endovascular neuroradiology, neurosurgery, neurosonology, neurobehavior and rehabilitation. The curriculum includes:

  • 5 months: Inpatient stroke neurology service (home call)
  • 1 month: Neurocritical Care Unit (home call)
  • 11 months: Vascular Fellow Outpatient Clinic (two half-days per week; occurs throughout fellowship)
  • 2 months: Vascular Neurology Outpatient Clinic (four to six half-days per week)
  • 1 month: Neurosonology (no call)
  • 3 months: Elective (no call; may include time for diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology, neurosonology, rehabilitation and clinical research)

In addition, fellows participate in weekly conferences in vascular neurology, vascular neurosurgery and neurocritical care, as well as Grand Rounds. Journal club occurs once monthly, and didactic lectures covering the range of stroke topics occur weekly.

 Research

Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing clinical research or to initiate new projects. The goal will be to see this project through to presentation at one or more national meetings as well as publication in a peer-reviewed journal. In addition to databases from investigator-initiated and funded projects at Northwestern, the following databases can form the basis of fellow research projects:

  1. Northwestern ischemic stroke and TIA registry: a complete clinical, laboratory and radiographic database of presentation, hospital treatments and complications, discharge outcomes and disability and quality of life at one, three and 12 months after ischemic stroke and TIA

  2. Northwestern hemorrhagic stroke registry: a complete clinical, laboratory and radiographic database of presentation, hospital treatments and complications, discharge outcomes and disability and quality of life at one, three and 12 months following ICH and SAH

  3. Nationwide inpatient sample (NIS) registry (1989-current): a large (20 percent) sample of all hospitalizations in the United States inclusive of demographics, admission type, discharge diagnosis and hospital procedure codes, costs and discharge outcomes

  4. Get with the Guidelines stroke registry: a large national stroke registry of over a million stroke hospitalization records inclusive of clinical, laboratory and radiographic data, hospital treatments and complications and discharge outcomes; interested fellows may submit proposals for analysis

 Clinical Experience

NMH is a certified Primary Stroke Center and is the highest ranked hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery are ranked seventh in the nation.

The breadth of cases presenting to Northwestern span a wide spectrum of cerebrovascular disease from acute ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid and intracranial stenosis and intersect with complex conditions such as atrial fibrillation, cardiovascular surgery, malignancy, hematologic disorders and inherited or genetic rare disorders. There are over 800 stroke and related conditions treated per year at NMH and over 1,500 outpatient visits for stroke in the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation stroke clinic. These clinical opportunities provide ample exposure to vascular neurology over a one-year training program.

 Diversity & Inclusion

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

 Requirements

Applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible in neurology, neurosurgery or endovascular surgery related to cerebrovascular disease and must demonstrate interest in pursuing a career in vascular neurology.

Residents are selected for the fellowship from eligible applicants based upon their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities. No discrimination is made based upon sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status. Approximately half of the eligible applicants are invited for personal interviews.

 How to Apply

The program participates in the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Required documents include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A copy of current temporary medical license
  • Copies of USMLE scores

Interviews will consist of meeting with our faculty and key stroke team members. Specific requests may be made for select candidates interested in pursuing specific research careers. Interviewers rate each applicant independently.

A stroke faculty meeting is held after interviews, at which time applicant ratings are reviewed. Decisions regarding appointments to the fellowship are then made by consensus.

 Why Northwestern?

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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Farzaneh Sorond, MD, PhD

Fellowship Program Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship

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Erin van Bladel

Fellowship Coordinator

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e-vanbladel( at )northwestern.edu
312-503-2849
312-908-5073
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Abbott 1105

Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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