Graduate Medical Education (GME): Vascular Neurology

Fellowship Program Director: John Lynch, DO, MPH

The goal of the vascular neurology fellowship program is to provide a comprehensive educational experience that prepares fellows to become a competent and compassionate academic vascular neurologist. The program offers a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship with additional years of research-focused training for fellows interested in an academic or research career.

Program Structure
The program structure of the vascular neurology fellowship encompasses a broad-based clinical experience, advanced neuroimaging training, a robust series of lectures and seminars, research and scholarly activities, dedicated career counseling and mentoring, and optional years of research training.

Broad Based Clinical Experience
The clinical rotations of the fellowship program include Suburban Hospital (Thrombectomy capable stroke center), MedStar Washington Hospital Center (Comprehensive Stroke Center), National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the NIH Clinical Center (Research Hospital). These rotations offer a wide range of clinical settings (academic and community), patient populations, and cerebrovascular disorders.

Advanced Neuroimaging Training
Fellows receive specialized training in neuroimaging techniques relevant to vascular neurology, including multimodal MRI, CT, angiography, and neuro-sonography (TCD).

Didactic Curriculum
A structured series of lectures, neuroimaging rounds, case conferences, and journal clubs are organized to cover essential topics in vascular neurology. These sessions provide trainees with foundational knowledge in stroke pathophysiology, neuroimaging interpretation, acute stroke management, neurovascular anatomy, and related areas.

Research Opportunities
Fellows participate in the recruitment, enrollment, clinical assessments, and follow-up of patients in NIH funded clinical studies. Fellows play an integral role in advancing clinical research within vascular neurology and developing future treatment strategies for stroke.

Scholarly Activities
Fellows are encouraged to present their research findings at national and international conferences and to contribute to scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals. Fellows are also required to complete a quality improvement project to enhance the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of clinical care for stroke patients.

Career Counseling and Mentoring
Guidance on career development and advancement is offered to fellows through the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education and the vascular neurology program faculty.

Optional Research Training
The vascular neurology program offers fellows the option to extend their training beyond the standard one-year duration to pursue a more intensive research-focused track.

Additional Information
NINDS Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program

Application Information
The program participates through the NRMP Vascular Neurology Match process. Applications will be accepted and reviewed via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). MD or DO degree and successful completion of an ACGME accredited neurology residency training program is required. If you currently hold a J-1, H-1B, or other visa, please contact the Program Coordinator directly to discuss the sponsorship process.

Vascular Neurology is a December Application Cycle specialty. Please check the ERAS website for specific details on the fellowship application details.

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This page last updated on 05/24/2024

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