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Curriculum and Rotation Coverage

The 12-month fellowship provides a  broad range of curricular activities to increase the breadth of knowledge in neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis services while avoiding resident and fellow fatigue through the rotation service schedule. The fellow will:

  • develop technical skills of Botulinum Toxin injections for migraines and spasticity
  • program/refill and troubleshoot baclofen pumps

  • learn basic management of neurogenic bladder (including the use of a bladder scanner), and

  • learn various pharmacologic agents used to target specific symptoms.

During the first two months of the fellowship, clinical responsibilities in the MS Center will be limited to four half-days per week, in order to
allow extra time for multidisciplinary training.

These multidisciplinary activities will include scheduled “shadowing” sessions each week with multiple disciplines including:

  • neuro-radiology
  • neuro-urology
  • rheumatology
  • physiatry
  • neuro-psychiatry
  • physical therapy

By the fall, the fellow will be expected to spend up to six half days in the clinic with neuroimmunology faculty. The fellow will be trained in complex multidisciplinary/interprofessional teams of nurse navigator, MS nurses, NPs and PT/OT.

Time of the MS fellowship will be protected for educational pursuits and didactic activities.

The fellow will attend:

  • weekly UMMHC MS Center case management meetings
  • biweekly research meetings
  • monthly MS journal club meetings
  • UMass Neurology Grand Rounds lectures and will give one or more of these during the course of the year.