Movement Disorders Fellowship

The Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders fellowship at Rush University is one of the oldest training programs of its kind in the U.S. Established in 1980 and housed in the Department of Neurological Sciences, this highly respected program has trained many fellows for distinguished careers in clinical care and research.

Our two-year fellowship program focuses on the study and management of all movement disorders. Rush’s diverse patient population offers broad exposure to common and uncommon conditions in fast-paced clinics and busy programs. Fellows can expect to treat Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonism-plus disorders, Huntington’s disease, tics, and dystonia, as well as tremors, myoclonus and functional disorders.

Candidates must be board-eligible for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to be considered.

Master of Science in clinical research

This two-year master’s program may be completed during fellowship. It is certified by the state of Illinois and trains fellows to design, carry out, interpret and publish clinical research studies.

Year one focuses on didactics (three hours, twice a week). Year two fellows complete a research-based thesis project.

How to apply

Many Movement Disorders fellowship programs have agreed to join forces and select fellows via a standardized matching program. This Movement Disorders Fellowship (MODIF) Match Network is a computerized match conducted by SFMatch, and is similar to the residency matching program.

There is a centralized application process through the San Francisco Match. Fellowship applicants should submit their application through the Match. Rules on the match are presented on the SFMatch website.

Fellowship applicants who are granted interviews should plan to spend the day for the interview. The applicants will meet with the movement disorders faculty and 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 Marilynn Payton, administrative assistant. The office phone number is (312) 563-2900.