The Movement Disorders Fellowship Training Program (MDFTP) at the Department of Neurology, founded by Dr. Joseph Jankovic in 1977, is an integral part of the Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic (PDCMDC). The program is dedicated to training young neurologists to become experts in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease, atypical parkinsonism, a broad spectrum of hyperkinetic and other movement disorders, including tremors, dystonia, tics, Tourette syndrome, Huntington disease and other choreas, myoclonus, restless legs syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, stereotypies, paroxysmal dyskinesias, ataxia and other disorders of movement or motor control.
Alumni of the movement disorders fellowship program and other training opportunities have trained hundreds of physicians and researchers, many of whom have become internationally recognized leaders in the field of movement disorders. The fellows are first authors on hundreds of scientific articles published by the PDCMDC faculty.
Key aspects of our program that contribute to the success of our fellows include:
- One-on-one mentorship by world-renowned faculty, supported by experienced staff.
- Large variety of hypo- and hyperkinetic adult and pediatric movement disorders
- Database of 33,000 patients with 40,000 diagnoses, video library of 25,000 cases.
- Weekly video rounds and many other teaching and research conferences.
- Genetics program collaborating with the world-renowned Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor and world genetics consortia.
- Productive experimental therapeutics program with over 30 ongoing clinical trials.
- Strong DBS and neuromodulation program; soon to initiate focused ultrasound (FUS).
- Longest and one of the largest botulinum toxin programs in the world.
- Center of Excellence for Parkinson, Tourette, Huntington, and Wilson disease