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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 MS provides two years (possible third year extension) of post-residency research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians. Fellows spend approximately 75% of their time in research and education and 25% 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.

VA Office of Academic Affiliations Residency and Fellowship Opportunities
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VA Office of Academic Affiliations Advanced Fellowships FAQs

Learn about our current and past fellows on our MSCoE Fellows page.

Fellowship Directors and Locations

MS Center of Excellence-West

Fellowship Director: Jodie K Haselkorn, MD, MPH
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

Fellowship Director: Vijayshree Yadav, MD, MCR
Education & Training Coordinator: Jaimie Henry, MPA 
VA Portland Health Care System
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, P3MSCOE
Portland, OR 97239 
Phone: 503-273-5191
Fax: 503-721-1422
Details on the collaborative Portland VA and Oregon Health and Science University Fellowship can be found at
Fellowship Didactics.

MS Center of Excellence-East

Fellowship Director: Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH
Education & Training Coordinator: Angela Young, MBA  
Baltimore VA Medical Center
10 N. Greene Street, NEU 127
Baltimore, MD 21201 
Phone: 410-605-7133
Fax: 410-605-7906

Washington DC VA Medical Center
50 Irving Street, NW, NEU 127
Washington, DC 20422
Phone: 202-745-8148
Fax: 202-745-8231