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Graduation Medical Education (GME): Autonomic Disorders

Fellowship Program Director: David S. Goldstein, MD, PhD

Qualified candidates for a Clinical Fellowship position (with privileges in the NIH Clinical Center) should be licensed to practice medicine in the United States and have a serious interest in patient-oriented clinical research on one of the above scientific topics. Qualified candidates for a Pre-Clinical Fellowship position should have an advanced degree in biochemistry, neurochemistry, physiology, or similar subject matter or have demonstrable skills in bench laboratory techniques relevant to the research of the Clinical Neurocardiology Section; and should have a serious interest in one of the above scientific topics.

The Autonomic Disorders Section carries out mainly patient-oriented clinical research on the diagnosis, mechanisms and treatment of neurocardiologic disorders. We study catecholamine systems, focusing on biomarkers and mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. Measurement techniques include cardiovascular reflexes, neuropharmacologic manipulations, neurochemical assays, and positron emission tomographic imaging. The section runs a world-renowned Clinical Neurochemistry Laboratory.

Program Structure
The Autonomic Disorders Section, under the direction of Dr. David S. Goldstein, offers a clinical fellowship position in autonomic disorders that is accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). The UCNS is a national organization that accredits fellowship training programs in Autonomic Disorders and other neurologic subspecialties, and awards certification to physicians who demonstrate their competence in UCNS accredited subspecialties. Dr. Goldstein has substantial experience in training and mentoring post-doctoral investigators in patient-oriented research about neurocardiologic disorders involving catecholamine systems. He is a recipient of the NIH Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award. The fellowship prepares participants to become independent clinicians and researchers in the areas of heart-brain medicine, clinical evaluation of disorders of catecholamine systems, and dysautonomias.

Application Information
Apply to this program through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System.

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This page last updated on 05/21/2021

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