Stanford Movement Disorders Center Clinical Fellowship

Fellowship Overview

The Stanford Movement Disorders Center (SMDC) offers a 1 or 2 year Fellowship in Movement Disorders.  Fellows will receive comprehensive training in diverse aspects of movement disorders that include the following areas: the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of adult and pediatric movement disorders, botulinum toxin administration in adults and children, pre- and post-surgical management of patients undergoing functional neurosurgery, and intra-operative electro-physiological recording.

The fellow will train with four fulltime Movement Disorders fellowship trained neurologists, with clinic opportunities 5 days per week, and one or two DBS procedures a week.  In addition to general movement disorders, the Stanford program encompasses several multidisciplinary specialty clinical opportunities, including:

  1. Huntington’s disease and Ataxia multidisciplinary neurogenetics clinic
  2. Interdisciplinary evaluation of surgical treatments in Movement Disorders
  3. Disorders of gait, freezing, and balance (Stanford Balance Center)
  4. Cognitive complications of movement disorders

Multiple weekly clinical and academic conferences are attended by the entire faculty and fellow, including:

  1. Video review conference – clinical video presentations by the fellow, neurology residents, and faculty members
  2. Movement disorders conference – didactic lectures by faculty and guest speakers, journal club, and fellow presentations
  3. Interdisciplinary Movement Disorders Surgical Review Board –Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, movement disorders and neurosurgical fellows, and clinic staff
  4. Stanford Balance Center Review Board - Neurology, Otolaryngology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopedics, movement disorders fellow, and clinical staff. 
  5. Autonomic dysfunction in movement disorders
  6. Monthly RLS rounds with specialists from Sleep Medicine and Neurology

Clinical research opportunities with faculty include neuronal firing pattern recognition and signal analysis in a variety of movement disorders, computerized quantification and analysis of motor control, functional and structural neuroimaging (fMRI, 7T MRI FDG PET, DAT SPECT) in movement disorders, clinical trials, and genetic research in movement disorders. Funding for the second year if pursued will be from research grants of the faculty and/or obtained by the Fellow.

How to apply

We participate in the Movement Disorders Fellowship Match. The date of the Match for July 2016 start date will be September 17th, 2015. Rank lists are due online by September 3rd, 2015.  Applicants should apply during winter/spring of the PGY-3 year with interviews in late spring and summer.  Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-2017 year.  Interested candidates should email their curriculum vitae and 3 letters of recommendation to .  Vanessa Johnson with MOVEMENT DISORDERS FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION in the heading or mail this to:

Helen Brontë-Stewart, MD, MSE
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Rm. A-343, Stanford University Medical Center
300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-5235
Fax: 650-725-7459

Applicants should also register through the San Francisco Match website.