Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Brain Injury Medicine. The BIM Fellowship is a 12-month program that offers specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries. The Brain Injury Medicine fellow will rotate through a variety of practice settings including The MetroHealth Medical Center, The Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center (Regional Polytrauma Network) and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Fellowship Eligibility

The Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship is open to physicians (US citizen or work eligible) who have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in PM&R, neurology, child neurology or psychiatry. Successful completion of the fellowship program satisfies the eligibility requirement to take the Brain Injury Medicine Certification Examination.

 

Curriculum

The Brain Injury Medicine fellowship will include clinical experiences in the initial acute care management, neurocritical care, acute rehabilitation and outpatient management of persons with brain injuries and concussions. During the various clinical rotations, the fellow will have the opportunity to work with four BIM-certified attending physicians in addition to specialists in neurology, neurocritical care, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, psychiatry, and trauma surgery. Clinical experiences will be integrated with other clinical disciplines such as rehabilitation psychology, physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, recreation and music therapy, vocational therapy, nutrition and respiratory therapy.

 

Tori and Soha
Our first two fellows, Dr. Victoria Whitehair and Dr. Soha Sadeghikhah presenting at the IBIA World Congress on Brain Injury, Toronto, May 2019.

                 

 Several unique features of this fellowship include:

  • Innovative applications of assistive technology through integration with the Departments of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at CWRU including functional electrical stimulation and virtual reality.
  • Continuity clinic at MetroHealth including concussion and severe brain injury outpatient management of children and adults
  • Continuity clinic at the VA including management of military brain injuries and concussions
  • Exposure to deep brain stimulation program at Cleveland Clinic
  • Comprehensive assessment and management of headaches including oral medications, neurotoxin and steroid injections
  • Comprehensive assessment and management of spasticity using oral medications, electrical stimulation, neurotoxin injections, and intrathecal baclofen pumps
  • Comprehensive assessment and management of brain injury complications including vestibular dysfunction and movement disorders
  • Teaching activities will include medical students from CWRU and residents at each clinical site

 

Application Process

The Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications are accepted beginning July 15 through September 23rd for a residency position that begins the following year.

Application Requirements

A complete application includes:

  • ERAS application
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Medical Diploma
  • Annual Milestone Evaluations
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcripts
  • ECFMG (if applicable)
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores

Fellowship Interviews

Fellowship applicants are interviewed Mondays through Fridays beginning early August and ending late September. Interviews are by invitation only. Invitations are sent out via email. The interview visit starts with dinner the night before the interview day at a local restaurant, so please plan your travel accordingly. The dinner gives applicants an opportunity to meet with the program director and some of the attendings on an informal basis to learn more about the program and ask questions about living in Cleveland.

Formal interviews will take place at the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute at the MetroHealth Medical Center, Old Brooklyn, 4229 Pearl Road, Cleveland (note that this is 1.5 miles south of the MetroHealth Medical Center Main Campus). The interview day begins at 8 a.m. and ends by late afternoon.

Please contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Randa Karim at [email protected] with any questions.