Behavioral Neurology Fellowship Rotations and Experiences
Sample block rotations - year 1
|Behavioral Neurology (BN)||BN||Neuropsychology||Speech Pathology||BN||BN|
|BN||Child Neurology||Movement Disorders||Elective||Psychiatry||BN|
Longitudinal experience - year 1
|Type of Experience||Time Commitment/Weekly Structured||Number of Weeks/Year||Amount of Time in Months (e.g. 40 Half Days = 1 Month)|
|Continuity Clinic||1/2 day per week||52||1 month|
|Research||1/2 day per week||52||1 month|
Primary Care Consultation
|1/2 - 1 day per week each, during the Behavioral Neurology Rotations only||52||1 month|
Rotations in neuropsychology, speech pathology, pediatrics, and the autism clinic broaden and amplify skills obtained in the Memory Disorders Clinic. Partnering with social workers and psychiatrists throughout the year allows fellows to learn both medical and nonmedical management of the wide variety of behaviors and functional impairments resulting from cognitive disorders.
During weekly Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus clinic conferences and rotations in movement disorders, fellows will learn both the cognitive and motor manifestations of normal pressure hydrocephalus, parkinsonian disorders, ataxias, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Fellows will learn the administration and interpretation of movement disorders scales, such as UPDRS and PSP scales, as well as gait assessment with Gaitrite computerized evaluations and balance tests. Henry Ford Health System coordinates dementia care with primary care physicians through a new program utilizing the National Institute of Health Toolbox. Fellows will spend time in primary care clinics assisting physicians with their dementia evaluations and treatment plan as part of the learning related to coordination of care.
Monthly behavioral neurology journal clubs provide the opportunity to develop skills related to the critical evaluation of the literature, an awareness of controversies and differing perspectives on current theories and research, and development of presentation skills. Monthly behavioral neurology case review attended by all neurologists expands the opportunity to develop clinical assessment and management strategies and be exposed to a wide variety of unusual or illustrative cases.
Teaching skills are promoted through presentation of behavioral neurology topics to residents and other subspecialty fellows. Fellows will develop a plan for a research project within the first month of their fellowship which can include participation in clinical drug trials, ongoing research in NPH, CSF biomarkers, and primary care dementia program, or development of an original project. Conference time is allotted to attend the AAIC (Alzheimer’s Association International Conference) in July and the MCI (Mild cognitive impairment) and Amyloid imaging conference in January. Faculty will help fellows identify and develop their own areas of interest and customize the electives.