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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Education

Houston, Texas

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Clinical Fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury

Locations:

Accreditation: ACGME-Subspecialty Accredited

Primary Mentors:

  • Sally A. Holmes, M.D., BCM Program Director, Associate Professor, Department of PM&R, BCM; Assistant Chief, Spinal Cord Injury Service, VAMC
  • William H. Donovan, M.D., UT Program Director, Clinical Professor, Department of PM&R, UT; Adjunct Professor, Department of PM&R, BCM.
  • Jeffrey Berliner, D.O., UT Assistant Program Director, Department of PM&R, UT;Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, TIRR
  • Lisa R. Wenzel, M.D., BCM, Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, BCM;

Description:

Fellows in both programs will be exposed to the broad spectrum of clinical management of spinal cord injury including acute trauma and neuro-surgical management, acute rehabilitation, and long-term sustaining care provided at the training sites. Fellows may participate in SCI related research with up to 25 percent time commitment. Fellows may share experiences at TIRR and VA.

Funding:

  • Veterans Health Administration (Baylor/VA Certificate);
  • University of Texas Systems Medical Foundation (UT Certificate);
  • MHHS/TIRR Foundation (UT Certificate).

Fellows: Two

Requirements:

  • Completion of an accredited post-doctoral residency program;
  • Eligibility for Texas Medical licensure OR Physician-in-Training Permit issued by The Texas Medical Board.

Stipend: PGY V

Start Date: July 1

Training Period: 12 months

Goals of Program:

Fellows will:

  • Become proficient in all aspects of care provided to persons with acute and long-term spinal cord injury;
  • Develop expertise in clinical decision making regarding rehabilitative aspects of SCI care;
  • Develop a sound background in diagnosis and management of neurogenic bladder and bowel, sexuality and fertility, spasticity, pressure ulcers, pain and other pertinent SCI secondary complications;
  • Develop and demonstrate the skills of team leadership in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Develop proficiency in teaching medical students, residents, and others;
  • Develop proficiency in research in the field of spinal cord injury.

Activities:

The fellow will:

  • Participate in inpatient and outpatient clinical activities at MEDVAMC and TIRR SCI services on a rotating basis;
  • Participate in acute SCI consultative activities at Memorial Hermann Hospital on a rotating basis;
  • Supervise and teach medical students and residents under the mentorship of program attendings;
  • Participate in appropriate SCI educational activities at the training locations;
  • Work closely with clinic nurses in monitoring treatment of all aspects of health and rehabilitation.
  • Assume responsibility for at least one research project with clinical or basic subjects relevant to spinal cord injury;
  • Keep pace with development in the field of SCI by discussion of articles or chapters from the literature.

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