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VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Multiple Sclerosis

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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 Baltimore VA Medical Center and the Washington DC VA Medical Center. MSCoE - West is located at the VA Portland Healthcare System and the Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle Division. 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 
Director: Jodie K Haselkorn, MD, MPH, MRM
Administrative Specialist: Lani Pitofsky 
MSCoE - West
VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division 
1660 S. Columbian Way, S-117-MSCoE
Seattle , WA 98108

Telephone 206-277-6079
Fax 206-277-4827

Research Focus: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, Symptomatic Treatment, and Wellness. Please contact site for more details.

Portland, OR
Director: Vijayshree Yadav, MD
Education & Training Coordinator: Jaimie Henry, MPA
MSCoE - West
VA Portland Healthcare System
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, P3MSCOE
Portland, OR 97239

Telephone 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

Baltimore, MD
Director: Daniel Harrison, MD
Education & Training Coordinator: Angela Young, MBA 
MSCoE - East
Baltimore VA Medical Center
10 N. Greene St, NEU 127
Baltimore, MD 21201

Telephone 410-605-7133
Fax 410-605-7906

Research Focus: Clinical trials of disease modifying agents, neuroimaging, symptomatic therapies and rehabilitation, laboratory research on neuroimmunology and neuroprotection. Please contact site for more details.

Washington, DC
Director: Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH 

MSCoE - East
Wahington DC VA Medical Center
50 Irving St, NW, NEU 127
Washington, DC 20422

Telephone 202-745-8148
Fax 202-745-8231

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details