Multiple Sclerosis and Clinical Neuroimmunology

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Welcome to the Fellowship Training Program in Multiple Sclerosis and Clinical Neuroimmunology.
 

Our Program

The Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Center is pleased to announce the availability of a two-year Multiple Sclerosis and Clinical Neuroimmunology Fellowship.  Our clinical fellows will become expert in the diagnosis and clinical care of patients with MS and other autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system.  They will participate extensively in clinical MS research, and will graduate prepared to be leaders in the field of MS.  Due to the richness and depth of our program, the fellowship has the capacity to be tailored to the interest of the individual fellow. We note that research-focused fellowships are also available; they have a 20% clinical component and are evaluated separately.
 

Who We Are

The Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Center is the fastest growing MS Center in New York City.   Located in the world-renowned Neurological Institute of New York on the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center campus, our center serves as a referral center for diverse and complex patients throughout the region.  We strive to provide expert, cutting-edge, and compassionate care to each patient.  Our division consists of five clinical neurologists with expertise in MS, including two pediatric MS specialists, as well as a nurse practitioner, infusion nurse, social worker, neuropsychologist, and research coordinators.  We participate in numerous clinical trials including phase II and III trials of disease modifying therapies, as well as numerous investigator-initiated projects.  In conjunction with the Center for Translational and Computational Neuroimmunology which is directed by Dr. Philip De Jager, our clinical care center is closely affiliated with leading scientists in the fields of human immunology, genetics and systems biology as they pertain to health, aging, and neurodegenerative disease.
 

Clinical Care

Fellows will participate in the initial workup and ongoing care of MS patients and gain expertise in the diagnosis, disease management, and other autoimmune conditions of the central nervous system.  Over the course of two years, fellows will serve as the initial point of contact for patients and will gain increasing independence in terms of patient management.  They will learn to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of available MS disease modifying therapies, including choice of agent and monitoring requirements.  Fellows will also gain exposure to related fields, including neuro-ophthalmology, neuroradiology, urology, neuropsychology, and rehabilitation medicine, and will spend time with Columbia faculty in these fields.
 

Clinical Research

Our research mission is closely intertwined with our clinical mission and many of our patients participate in clinical trials and/or registries.  Our fellows will be trained to administer standardized MS assessments, including the Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale and Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite, and will serve as independent raters in clinical trials.  Fellows will also conduct an independent research project of their choosing, with the active mentorship of a faculty member.  Early in their training - whenever possible, even prior to beginning fellowship - fellows will work with their research mentor to develop a suitable project.  Fellows will have access to resources such as research coordinators and statisticians and will have the opportunity to collaborate with basic and translational scientists in our immunology and computational laboratories.
 

Education

Fellows will have the opportunity to teach neurology residents and medical students in the MS clinic and the hospital wards, and to share their passion for treating MS patients with the next generation of physicians.
 

Requirements and Eligibility

Qualified applicants will have completed an approved neurology residency and be eligible for licensure in the State of New York.
 

Apply

Applicants will apply by submitting a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Applications will be evaluated, and interviews will be granted on a rolling basis, as applications are received.

Applications for July 2022 starting date will be accepted until December 13th, 2020.

Applications are reviewed by a diverse committee.
 

Contact

Doris Fernandez, Administrative Coordinator
Email: daf2173@cumc.columbia.edu
 

Fellowship Faculty

Current Fellows

  • Seth Levin, MD
  • Claudiu Diaconu, MD
  • Kathryn Rimmer, MD

Recent Alumni

Our first fellows will graduate in July 2020, congratulations to Drs. Levin and Diaconu!