Movement Disorders Fellowship

The RUMC Movement Disorders Fellowship is one of the oldest training programs of its kind in the United States, established in 1980. Our program provides a unique training experience with our diverse patient population exposing our fellows to common and uncommon movement disorders. Our fellows can expect to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease, Parkinsonism-plus disorders, Huntington’s disease, tics, dystonia, tremors, myoclonus and functional disorders.

The first year of the Rush Movement Disorders Fellowship focuses on outpatient and inpatient clinical experiences, including seeing new patients with all 10 faculty members and patients in the fellow’s own continuity clinic. Fellows also cover the inpatient movement disorders consult service. During the second year, the fellows have two days of their own continuity clinic and therefore have the flexibility to devote more time on their selected areas of interest.

Spread through both years, the Rush Movement Disorders Fellowship also includes rotations specifically dedicated to:

  • Surgery for movement disorders, including deep brain stimulation (3 month rotation)
  • Botulinum toxin injection clinic (available weekly)
  • Huntington’s disease clinic (available weekly)

The Rush Movement Disorders Fellowship has structured didactic sessions four days a week including, patient video reviews twice weekly, research meeting and Grand Rounds. In addition there are phenomenology rounds, neuropsychiatric curriculum lectures and journal club monthly. Each fellow presents ‘the case of the month’ in video rounds monthly, including a power point presentation on the specific diagnosis of the case presented. Fellows lead the journal club, run the phenomenology rounds, do formal presentations to medical students and residents, manage video round presentations and speak at our support groups.

The fellows are mentored to develop their own research projects with faculty guidance and participate in clinical research trials as raters, sub-investigators, or other roles. Each fellow picks a faculty mentor, based on their specific interests, who guides them more intimately through the steps of the scientific and career development process. Fellows are eligible for the Rush University Department of Neurosciences pilot grants and are encouraged to apply to this and other junior investigator grant award programs, including: the annual American Academy of Neurology; Parkinson Study Group; Parkinson’s Foundation; Dystonia Medical Research Foundation grant programs.

During their fellowship, fellows can also complete a Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Research. The first year consists of didactics (three hours, twice a week) and the second year is used to complete their thesis research project. This two-year program, certified by the state of Illinois, is designed to provide the candidate with formal training needed to design, carry-out, interpret and publish clinical research studies.

How to apply

The Rush University Movement Disorders Fellowship participates in the centralized application process through the SFMATCH. Fellowship applicants should submit their application through the online portal at the SFMatch website.

If you are granted an interview please plan to spend the day interviewing with our faculty members and present a video case to our section members. The applicants will meet with the movement disorders faculty, tour the laboratory facilities, as well as the neurology inpatient unit.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please e-mail Katie Kompoliti, MD, program director, or Lisa Franklin, fellowship coordinator. The office phone number is (312) 942-7319.