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VA Office of Academic Affiliations Multiple Sclerosis Fellowships

The purpose of VA's Advanced Fellowship Program in MS is to develop physician leaders with the vision, knowledge, and commitment to health care, research, and education related to MS. VA facilities treat at least 22,000 Veterans 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.

MS Advanced Fellowship 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.

MS Advanced 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.

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VA Office of Academic Affiliations Advanced Fellowships FAQs

Fellowship Directors and Locations

MS Center of Excellence-West

Director: Jodie K Haselkorn, MD, MPH, MRM
Administrative Specialist: Lani Pitofsky   
VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division
1660 S. Columbian Way, S-117-MSCoE
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: 206-277-6079
Fax: 206-277-4827
Research Focus: MS wellness, rehabilitation and symptomatic therapies and progressive MS. Please contact site for more details.

Co-Director: Dennis Bourdette, MD, FAAN
Associate Director: Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, MCR
Education & Training Coordinator: Jaimie Henry, MPA 
VA Portland Healthcare System
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, P3MSCOE
Portland, OR 97239 
Phone: 503-273-5191
Fax: 503-721-1422
Research Focus: MS wellness, rehabilitation and symptomatic therapies and progressive MS. Please contact site for more details.

MS Center of Excellence-East

Director: Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH
Education & Training Coordinator: Angela Young, MBA  
Baltimore VA Medical Center
10 N. Greene St, NEU 127
Baltimore, MD 21201 
Phone: 410-605-7133
Fax: 410-605-7906
Research Focus: Clinical trials of disease modifying agents, symptomatic therapies and rehabilitation, laboratory research on neuroimmunology and neuroprotection. Please contact site for more details.

Associate Director: Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH
Wahington DC VA Medical Center
50 Irving St, NW, NEU 127
Washington, DC 20422
Phone: 202-745-8148
Fax: 202-745-8231
Research Focus: Clinical trials of disease modifying agents, symptomatic therapies and rehabilitation, laboratory research on neuroimmunology and neuroprotection. Please contact site for more details.