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MS Rehabilitation Fellowship 
Opportunity Q4 2012/Q1 2013

Dear Colleague:

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Therapists (IOMSRT) are pleased to announce the 2012/2013 continuation of the MS Rehabilitation Fellowship program.

MS Rehabilitation Fellowships are training programs for rehabilitation professionals and graduate students in entry level programs in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language pathology.

Applications must be accompanied with a statement of support from the applicant's direct supervisor.

Applications are limited to licensed rehabilitation professionals in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language pathology.

Applicants are required to hold appropriate licensure, certification and/or registration in the state/province of their current employment or be currently enrolled in an accredited rehabilitation graduate program and be prepared to spend 5-7 days (including travel) for the program.

Eligibility is limited to applicants who have not previously been awarded and completed an MS Rehabilitation Fellowship.

Evaluation Process 
The application and selection process will be administered independently of grantors through a board review process of the Foundation of the CMSC, and the CMSC Rehabilitation Special Interest Group.

Information for Applicants 
Please provide the following additional information with this application form:
Brief biographical sketch of applicant or CV.
2-4 page summary (not including references) of current work experience and/or career goals in the field of multiple sclerosis, professional goals and objectives for your participation in the MS Rehabilitation Fellowship as well as any plans for education of colleagues upon return from this program.
Letter of recommendation and support from current supervisor, academic supervisor stating commitment and plans for the Rehabilitation Fellowship and potential follow-up.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Applications should be submitted by the rehabilitation professional or graduate student and will be reviewed by a committee including leadership of the IOMSRT and the CMSC.
Deadline for applications is November 7, 2012.

Application Form 
DEADLINE is November 7, 2012
Link to pdf format application

Click here to download the application in word format 

Program Background 
This program was established to support additional training and to stimulate excellence and growth in the delivery of rehabilitation in the field of MS.  In addition, the program will promote the CMSC's core value of the need for comprehensive care for people living with MS.

This program, now in its fifth year, is supported by the Foundation of the CMSC through a grant from Acorda Therapeutics.  Three, week-long, MS Rehabilitation Fellowship programs have been scheduled at CMSC MS Centers in Buffalo, NY, Cleveland, OH and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  The programs will be offered during the Q1 2013 calendar year, with dates to be confirmed soon.  All programs will be conducted by expert multidisciplinary faculty.  Each Fellowship program site will accommodate four MS Rehabilitation Fellows.

Each Fellow will participate in a total of 35 hours of training covering all aspects of comprehensive care provided at a MS center.  Emphasis will be in the Fellows specific area of rehabilitation (physical, occupational or speech) to promote awareness and utilization of standard outcome measures and interventions to promote recovery.  Areas of education may include:

  1. Medical management in MS - neurological and nursing care
  2. Exposure to psychosocial services
  3. Wellness services or referral for health promotion
  4. MS-Specific rehabilitation programs
    • 60 minute overview for each discipline - basics to advance as identified by the fellows prior to the site visit
    • Patient interaction
  5. Active clinical research programs [discussion and/or participation in ongoing program]
  6. Exposure to seating and mobility clinics
  7. Spasticity interventions

Thank you for your collaboration with the CMSC and FCMSC, and your role in promoting the best and latest in care for Multiple Sclerosis.


Susan Bennett, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, MSCS
President, CMSC

June Halper, MSCN, ANP, FAAN
Executive Director, CMSC

Judith Katterhenrich,
Executive Director, FCMSC