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Vascular Neurology Fellowship

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has been recruiting outstanding trainees into its vascular neurology fellowship program since 1994.  We accept 1-2 fellows each year, and the fellowship may last for one or two years, depending on the individual needs and interests of the fellow. 

Goals of the Fellowship
The purpose of training in vascular neurology is to prepare neurologists to provide optimal care for:

  • Emergency/critically ill patients with neurologic disorders, focusing on stroke
  • Outpatients who require stroke prevention and diagnostic management

The overall objective for specialty training in vascular neurology is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the following goals:

  • Provide high quality clinical care and assessment of patients with vascular neurological disorders, including diagnostic evaluation, treatment, management, counseling and social intervention;
  • Work effectively with multidisciplinary teams oriented to the care of these patients; and
  • Develop the capacity to pursue an academic/research career focusing on vascular neurology patients.
  • Provide a solid foundation for pursuit of additional training in interventional neuroradiology, if desired.  

Fellowship Duties and Curriculum
First year fellows spend 8 months on the INCU/Stroke Service where they lead daily morning rounds with the supervision of the faculty, provide supervision of residents on weeknights, and respond to Stroke Pager calls during weekdays and when on call.  There are 3 months of elective time which are distributed according to the individual interests of the fellow and may include rotations focusing on ICU, research, neurosonology, neurosurgery, or interventional neuroradiology.  Further educational experiences include the outpatient stroke clinic, didactic lectures, stroke conferences, reading assignments, journal clubs, symposia, courses, skills workshops and personal mentoring.  Fellows that elect to undertake a second year of training will have further time to pursue an academic research program while honing their clinical skills.  

 Applicants should send a CV, 3 letters of reference, and a letter of introduction to:

Steven Messé, MD
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 3rd Floor Gates Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email:  messe@mail.med.upenn.edu
Phone:  (215) 662-3363
Fax:  (215) 614-1927

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