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VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Multiple Sclerosis

VA Advanced Fellowships Programs (Select program and then "Submit" for more information)

History and Purpose

The purpose of VA's Advanced Fellowship Program in Multiple Sclerosis is to develop physician leaders with the vision, knowledge, and commitment to health care, research, and education related to multiple sclerosis. VA medical centers treat at least 22,000 patients each year with this chronic inflammatory disease of the brain and spinal cord. More than 11,000 veterans receive disability compensation for this disease, making this an important neurological condition affecting veterans. To address this important condition, VA designated MS Centers of Excellence in 2002, and the first special fellows began in July, 2003.

The VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Multiple Sclerosis is offered at the VA MS Centers of Excellence (MSCoE), East and West. MSCoE - East is located at the VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore Division, and MSCoE - West is located at the Portland, Oregon VA Medical Center and the Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. This ensures that participants in the Advanced Fellowship program will be mentored by superb faculty and have the highest quality clinical, research, and educational experiences possible for this field of inquiry.

Program Overview

The Advanced Fellowship Program in Multiple Sclerosis provides two years (with the possibility of extension to a third year) of post-residency research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians. Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research and education and 25 percent in clinical care at participating VA sites. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments. Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative research, education, and clinical care in the fields related to MS.

Fellowship Requirements.

Eligible physicians must have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Osteopathic Postgraduate Training (COPT)-accredited residency; be board certified or board eligible in a discipline such as neurology, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, or spinal cord medicine; and have an active, unrestricted U.S. medical license. They must desire to be healthcare leaders in MS related fields in the 21st century. International medical graduates must also have a current visa to participate in the program and an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate that is valid indefinitely. The participant cannot be simultaneously enrolled in an ACGME or AOA COPT-accredited program while participating in the VA Advanced Fellowship.

Stipend for participants will be based on the years of previously completed accredited residency training (PGY-level) and on index rates approved at the affiliated university and the respective MS Center of Excellence.

Further Information/Application

Interested physicians should contact the site of their choice.

Fellowship Director Address List

MS Center of Excellence -West

Seattle, WA MSCoE, West
Director: Jodie K Haselkorn, MD, MPH 
Administrative Officer: Phillip Terry, MHA  
VA Puget Sound Health Care System 
1660 S. Columbian Way, S-117-MSCoE
Seattle , WA 98108
Telephone 206-277-6808
Fax 206-277-4827


Research Focus: Please contact site for more details

Portland, OR
Co-Director: Dennis Bourdette, MD 
Associate Director: Ruth Whitman, MD

Portland VA Medical Center
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, P3MSCOE
Portland, OR 97239
Telephone 503-273-5191
Fax 503-721-1422


Research Focus:
Please contact site for more details

MS Center of Excellence - East

Baltimore, MD
Director: Christopher T Bever, Jr, MD, MBA 
Education & Training Coordinator:Angela Young 
Administrative Officer: Andrew David, MS, MHSA 
MSCoE East
VA Maryland Healthcare System, Baltimore Division
10 N. Greene St, NEU 127
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone 410-605-7133
Telephone 800-463-6295 ext.7130
Fax 410-605-7906


Research Focus: Clinical trials of disease modifying agents, symptomatic therapies and rehabilitation, laboratory research on neuroimmunology and neuroprotection.

Washington, DC
Associate Director: Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH 

MSCoE – East
VA Medical Center (H127)
50 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20422
Telephone 202-745-8148
Fax 202-745-8231

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details