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Fellowship Opportunities

UCSF’s neurology training programs have achieved a breadth, depth and quality that are unexcelled. The Neurology Residency Training Program provides broad-based clinical experience across three hospitals and a tremendous variety of subspecialty areas. Our goal is to produce excellent clinical neurologists capable of providing the highest quality care to patients. For more information about these fellowships and the application process, please visit the UCSF Neurology Fellowship Programs website.

The Vascular Neurology Fellowship
The Vascular Neurology Fellowship is a 1-year clinical program with an option for a second year in clinical research and stroke trials training as part of the NIH-funded Coordinating Stroke Center at UCSF. We are seeking to train leaders in the fields of stroke neurology and clinical research. The program is ACGME accredited. The clinical year provides the necessary rotations in vascular neurology, neuroradiology and neurorehabilitation medicine required for Vascular Neurology board eligibility. Clinical rotations include outpatient stroke clinic, inpatient stroke care, rehabilitation medicine and electives. Fellows obtain extensive experience in the management of acute ischemic stroke with intravenous thrombolytics and endovascular methods, including intra-arterial thrombolysis and thrombectomy. Fellows administer and interpret transcranial Doppler testing for vasospasm and learn to interpret duplex ultrasonography of the carotid. Additionally, fellows obtain extensive experience in interpreting neuroimaging including MRI, CT angiography, CT perfusion and conventional angiography.

Applicants who wish to pursue a career in clinical stroke research should apply for the 2-year fellowship. The second year of fellowship will focus on clinical research methodology. This additional year will offer didactic teaching in the basics of biostatistics, epidemiology and study design. Fellows will be matched with a research mentor and will carry out his or her own research project, with the expectation that fellows will complete a first-authored manuscript and/or present at a national meeting.

Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD
Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Director


The Neurocritical Care Fellowship
The Neurocritical Care Fellowship is a two-year clinical program designed to train board eligible neurologists in neurocritical care. We seek to train leaders in Neurocritical Care in an academic medical center environment. The fellowship program is accredited by UCNS. Fellows are eligible for subspecialty board certification in Neurocritical Care at the completion of training. Fellows spend time in dedicated neurocritical care units at the UCSF Moffitt Hospital (chiefly neurovascular patients) and San Francisco General Hospital Neurotrauma ICU. In addition, fellows will also train in the medical and surgical critical care units, spend two months in anesthesia
training, and have a choice of electives. All rotations satisfy the requirement for board eligibility. The UCSF training program is among the most rigorous and recognized for well-trained, competent Neurointensivists.

Fellows will also gain exposure to clinical research through didactic teaching in the basics of biostatistics, epidemiology and study design, and exposure to clinical trials. Fellows will be matched with a research mentor and can carry out his or her own research project, with the expectation that fellows will complete a first-authored manuscript and/or present at a national meeting.

Nerissa U. Ko, MD, MAS
Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program Director