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The Vascular Neurology fellowship offered at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Department of Neurology, is a comprehensive, clinical, interdisciplinary program in which fellows acquire in depth knowledge of the specifics and details of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and overall management of all types of cerebrovascular disorders.

There are two fellowship programs tracks available. The first is an ACGME- accredited one-year fellowship program (3 positions). An additional second-year is optional for selected candidates that want to expand research activities. The trainee is expected at the end of the training to manage all cerebrovascular conditions, have expertise in neurosonology, and to initiate independent clinical research. Qualified candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents and complete an ACGME accredited neurology residency program. The second fellowship program track is a Stroke research track (NINDS StrokeNet) one-year research position (1 position).

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 3
Duration: 1 year
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • University of Miami Hospital
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  1. Vikas Pandey, 2014-2015, Neurologist, Private practice (Sulphur Springs, TX)
  2. Sushrut Dharmadhikari, 2014-2015, NIR fellowship, Wayne State University
  3. Priyank Khandelwal, 2014-2015, NIR fellowship, Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women¹s Hospital
  4. Gillian Gordon-Perue, 2013-2014, Neuro-hospitalist, Eastern Maine Medical Center
  5. Keith DeSousa, 2013-2014, NIR fellowship, NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital
  6. Ariol Labrada, 2012-2013, Neurologist, Palmetto General Hospital
  7. Teresita Casanova, 2012-2013, Neurologist, JFK Medical Center
  8. Ty Shang, 2011-2012, Vascular Neurologist, UT Southwestern
  9. Nicolas Bianchi, 2010-2011, Chief, Stroke Division, University of Arkansas
  10. Abiezer Rodriguez, 2007-2009, Stroke Attending Physician, Hospital Interamericano de Medicina Avanzada, Centro Médico de PR
  11. Gustavo Ortiz, 2006-2007, Chief, Neurology, Sanatorio Allende, & Stroke Division, University of Miami
  12. Nils Mueller, 2004-2006, Regional Neuroscience Director, Tenet South Florida

Requirements
Qualified candidates for the ACGME track must be US citizens or permanent residents and complete an ACGME accredited neurology residency program

Application Deadline
Applications received via ERAS until April.

The vascular neurology fellowship will give trainees the opportunity to develop expertise in the following areas: Acute Stroke, Inpatient and Outpatient Stroke Management, Stroke management in the Neuro Critical Care Unit (NICU), Primary and Secondary Stroke Prevention methods, and Neurosonology. The fellow will also have the option to develop research skills in areas such as Clinical Epidemiology, Stroke Disparities, Vascular Dementia and interact with Basic Stroke Neuroscientists. After completion of the first year of cerebrovascular fellowship the vascular fellow is expected to be competent in obtaining a relevant cerebrovascular history; be able to perform a relevant cerebrovascular examination; appropriately localize vascular lesions and develop a differential diagnostic list based on historical and physical findings; plan a required diagnostic work up for inpatient stroke patients; interpret diagnostic neuroimaging data in the appropriate clinical setting, be able to emergently manage the acute stroke patients and administer thrombolytic treatment, outline a long-term plan for stroke prevention; appreciate differences in management and long term prognosis of different stroke etiologies; be able to provide cerebrovascular consultations and be a useful resource to general neurologists; supervise and teach junior residents and medical students; understand the health and financial impact of cerebrovascular diseases in the context of the health care system; interact with consultants in closely related fields such as cardiology, and neurosurgery; have an appreciation for academic medicine, clinical research and have completed a research project during the course of the fellowship.

The Vascular Neurology fellowship program is designed to allow the fellow to rotate during the 1st year through the Stroke wards, Outpatient clinics, Neurosonology Laboratory, Neurocritical care Unit, Neurointerventional and Neuroradiology services. Devoted time for research is also an essential part of this program. The didactic curriculum for fellows consists of weekly core lectures and case-conferences specifically geared for vascular neurology fellows and stroke faculty. The didactic lectures cover a wide range of topics, are well-attended by our fellows, faculty and senior neurology residents rotating on the Stroke rotation.

Board Exam Requirements
Applicants for certification in vascular neurology must be certified by the Board in neurology or neurology with special qualification in child neurology by December 31 of the year prior to the examination. All applicants other than those initially approved during the “grandfathering period” (2005-2009) are required to submit documentation of successful completion of one year of ACGME-accredited fellowship training in vascular neurology that did not begin before the time general residency training in neurology or child neurology, including time spent in combined training programs, was completed. Training or exposure to vascular neurology given to neurology or child neurology residents as part of their basic neurology or child neurology curriculum does not count toward the one year of training. All licensing and training requirements must be met by July 31 of the year of the examination.

The required one year of specialized training in vascular neurology may be completed on a part-time basis as long as it is not less than half time; credit is not given for periods of training lasting less than one year except under special circumstances that must be approved by the ABPN Credentials Committee. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide detailed documentation from the respective training directors outlining training content, duties, and responsibilities. Each case is considered on an individual basis.

Educational & Other Experience
There are two fellowship programs tracks available. The first is an ACGME- accredited one-year fellowship program. The trainee is expected at the end of the training to manage all cerebrovascular conditions, have expertise in neurosonology, and to initiate independent clinical research. An additional non-ACGME second-year is optional for selected candidates that want to expand research activities.

Research
The second fellowship program track is a Stroke research track (NINDS StrokeNet) one-year research position. For eligibility please contact Dr. Tatjana Rundek, the Miami StrokeNet training director.

Call
On-call responsibilities are distributed accordingly amongst the vascular neurology fellows. Currently, we offer three ACGME-accredited one-year clinical vascular neurology fellowship positions. The fellows currently rotate on 2-week rotation blocks. During a given rotation block, one fellow covers daytime service at Jackson Memorial Hospital while a second fellow covers daytime service at University of Miami Hospital and the Miami VA Medical Center. Weeknight call is triaged by the Jackson Memorial Hospital fellow. Weekend call during the 2-week rotation block alternates between the Jackson Memorial Hospital fellow and the University of Miami Hospital/VA fellow. The third fellow on elective rotation has no call responsibilities.

Jose Romano, M.D.

Jose Romano, M.D.
Program Director

Amer Malik

Amer Malik, M.D., MBA
Associate Program Director

Andrea Ruiz, BGS
Program Manager

Phone: (305) 243-2742
Fax: (305) 243-8108
Email: umneurofellowships@med.miami.edu

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309

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