About the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship

The Baylor College of Medicine Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship program exposes fellows to a broad spectrum of clinical management including acute trauma, neuro-surgical management, acute rehabilitation, and long-term sustaining care at three training sites located in the largest medical center in the world. The program collaborates with The University of Texas McGovern Medical School. Each fellow spends half of his or her time at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and half at Memorial Hermann/The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research. Fellows are supervised and mentored by faculty with a strong commitment to education with formal didactics exclusively for the fellows. The program provides a unique balance of acute and chronic SCI clinical management, VA and private/academic practice, and inpatient and outpatient experiences that expose fellows to all the settings SCI specialty physicians typically practice. The program provides ample opportunity for the fellows to manage and observe the types of patients and procedures not commonly see in rehabilitation settings with smaller volumes of patient with SCI.

Goals

Goals of the program include: 

  • Becoming proficient in all aspects of care provided to persons with acute and long-term spinal cord injury
  • Developing expertise in clinical decision making regarding rehabilitative aspects of SCI care
  • Developing 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
  • Developing and demonstrating the skills of team leadership in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Developing proficiency in teaching medical students, residents and others
  • Developing proficiency in research in the field of spinal cord injury
Sample Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Rotation 


Month 1

Month 2 

Month 3

Month 4

Month 6

Month 7

Month 8

VA SCI Outpatient Clinic-Harrison

Weekly

Weekly 

Weekly

Weekly 




VA SCI Inpatient Consults-Skelton

Intermittently

Intermittently

Intermittently

Intermittently 




TIRR SCI Outpatient Clinic-Frontera, Stampas, Korupolu





Weekly

Weekly

Weekly