Headache Medicine Fellowship

July 5, 2019

FELLOWSHIP IN HEADACHE MEDICINE

The Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Neurology, Section of Headache Medicine offers 1-year United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) accredited Fellowship in Headache Medicine. The faculty of the Department are actively engaged in training fellows in an array of programs from autonomic disorders to invasive neurovascular among t=others and coupled with residency training creates an excellent environment for teaching and research.

Headache Fellows will join a team of multiple UCNS-accredited faculty in treating a comprehensive variety of headache and facial pain disorders. Most patients seen in the program are by referral from within and outside the institution. Patients with secondary headache disorders are not uncommon as well as those who with special situations such as during pregnancy and lactation or associated with vestibular disorders. Our section has 4 UCNS certified headaches medicine physicians, two advanced practice providers. Outpatient infusions for the treatment of refractive headaches is available seven days per week and inpatient headache management used for those requiring services beyond those available in the outpatient arena. We have an embedded Clinical Pain Psychologist to address assessment and cognitive behavioral strategies and biofeedback as the services are needed.

The Fellow will see headache medicine patients 3 and half days per week, teach resident physicians in Neurology one-half day per week and have one day dedicated to academic and research pursuits. We operate on a program that leads to progressive independence in patient management over the course of the year and allows the talented Fellow to transition into the section and College as an assistant professor. In addition to learning the medical management of patients, the Fellow will learn how to perform a variety of nerve block procedures, sphenopalatine ganglion blocks, trigger point injections, and administration of onabotulinumtoxinA.

Fellows have the equivalent of 12 weeks of elective time, which may be longitudinal or consecutive at the discretion of the Department in which the elective occurs. We have close working relationships with pain management, childhood headache through Pediatric Pain medicine, otorhinolaryngology, neuroradiology, among others.

Internal didactic programs include all the major headache disorders, their diagnosis and treatment, and journal club; these are held at specified times throughout the year. Fellows are expected to take an active role in these as well as assigned materials given based on patient care matters, and the fellows demonstrated expertise. Fellows are encouraged to also participate with the American Headache Society educational initiatives and to attend regional and national meetings as they are able.

Opportunity for funded investigator-initiated trials is available with the early application before starting the Fellowship, thereby allowing for completion before graduation. Submission of the research to a peer-reviewed journal is encouraged, and the Fellow will be asked to participate in academic writing with their colleagues as a co-author.

A complete application should include a personal statement and curriculum vitae. We also require three letters of recommendation; these can follow the initial application.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

The Fellow must possess a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States of Canada or its territories

The Fellow must be a graduate of a residency program in Neurology, child neurology, internal medicine or other specialties accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

The Fellow must be board-certified or board eligible for certification in a primary ABMS or RCPSC specialty

Fellows holding Visa will be reviewed on a case by case basis

Salary and benefits are commensurate with a PGY 5 trainee at the College; we provide an educational stipend.

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Submission of your complete application and any questions should be directed to:

Frederick Freitag DO FAHS
Section Chair of Headache Medicine
Department of Neurology
The Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226