Clinical Fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury
- BCM Fellowship: Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
- UT Fellowship: The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
Accreditation: ACGME-Subspecialty Accredited
- 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;
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.
- Veterans Health Administration (Baylor/VA Certificate);
- University of Texas Systems Medical Foundation (UT Certificate);
- MHHS/TIRR Foundation (UT Certificate).
- 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:
- 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.
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.