This one-year ACGME Vascular Neurology fellowship will include a comprehensive experience in stroke care in the setting of major academic institution. Rush University Medical Center is a 674-bed medical center that serves as the main teaching hospital for Rush Medical College. The neurology floor at Rush is a modern 19-bed inpatient unit, which includes an 8-bed inpatient stroke unit. The neurointensive care unit at Rush is a 25-bed state-of-the-art unit with its own dedicated imbedded CT scanner. In 2012, a new hospital including a 28-bed neuroICU will open.
The stroke program also runs a neurosonology laboratory, which includes transcranial Doppler and carotid ultrasound capabilities. The Rush Stroke Program is JCAHO-certified as a primary stroke center. The section faculty includes four stroke neurologists, five neuro-intensivists, and an endovascular neurologist, one of the few in the city. There is also a close working relationship with cerebrovascular neurosurgery and endovascular neurosurgery. There is ample clinical inpatient exposure to acute stroke interventions including IV-tPA, intra-arterial therapies, and telestroke consultations, as well as exposure to outpatient stroke management with a continuity clinic. There are multiple ongoing clinical trials in which participation by fellows will be expected. Our internal stroke registry currently includes over 3,000 records and offers a unique opportunity to develop research projects.
The stroke service at Rush cares for over 900 patients each year in the hospital and over 1,000 outpatients annually. In addition, approximately 1,500 cerebrovascular ultrasounds are performed and interpreted by our group each year.
Fellows in the program spend four months in the acute stroke service and two months in the neuroICU service (home-call responsibilities). The remainder of the six months is spent on electives in neurosonology, neuroradiology, stroke rehabilitation, neuro-endovascular surgery, and research. This ACGME fellowship meets criteria for vascular neurology and graduates will be eligible to sit for the ABPN vascular neurology boards.
Sarah Song, MD, MPH
Fellowship Director, Vascular Neurology