With only one accredited headache specialist for every 80,000 patients in the United States, access to practitioners with training in Headache Medicine remains the most substantial unmet need for patients with migraine. The Resident Education for Assessment and Care for Headache (REACH) program aims to address this significant problem.

Program Details

Created to educate neurology residents more extensively about migraine and related headache disorders, the REACH program looks to inspire adult and pediatric neurology residents to receive high-quality education and, potentially, pursue careers in headache medicine so they can better serve the needs of migraine and headache patients.

REACH will be centered around an innovative half-day curriculum that covers essential concepts in headache medicine. The program includes neurology department-wide Grand Rounds with an expert from AHS and the REACH program. Smaller education modules specific for neurology residents and customizable for up to a half-day didactic curriculum, as well as online education elements, are available in addition to the Grand Rounds.

Hosted at institutions all over the nation, these half-day programs increase the profile of headache as a subspecialty. They also provide a curricular foundation to educate residents in the most common reason patients see neurologists, and inspire a greater number of trainees and faculty members to become educators and serve patients with headache and related pain disorders.

Though neurology departments traditionally budget funding for hosting a visiting Grand Rounds speaker, the REACH program by AHS covers expenses, including travel, lodging and meals for the visiting faculty member. Residents in your training program will also receive a complimentary trainee membership to AHS.

If your institution is interested in hosting REACH to educate your Department of Neurology and trainees for an update in the field of headache, please contact the American Headache Society.

REACH Committee

  • Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS
    Georgetown University Hospital
  • Cynthia Armand, MD
    Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Rebeca Burch, MD, FAHS
    Faulkner Hospital
  • Andrew Charles, MD, FAHS
    University of California Los Angeles
  • Rashmi Halker, MD, FAHS (Co-Chair)
    Mayo Clinic Phoenix
  • Morris Levin, MD, FAHS
    UCSF Headache Center
  • Stephanie Nahas, MD, FAHS
    Thomas Jefferson University
  • Matthew Robbins, MD, FAHS (Co-Chair)
    Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Noah Rosen, MD, FAHS (Co-Chair)
    Hofstra Northwell Headache Center
  • Lauren Strauss, DO, FAHS
    Wake Forest Baptist Health Center
  • Stewart Tepper, MD, FAHS
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Juliana VanderPluym, MD, FAHS
    Mayo Clinic Phoenix
  • David Watson, MD, FAHS
    West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Niushen Zhang, MD
    Stanford University