Movement Disorders Fellowship - Neurology

The Neurology Movement Disorders Fellowship is a two-year program offering flexibility in both clinical and research opportunities.


Our goal is to train physicians who will not only be excellent clinicians, but accomplished academic researchers as well.

Our fellowship is aimed primarily at physicians who plan to carry out research during their fellowship. They see movement patients one-half day a week, and the rest of their time is spent on research. A large part of the application process is the fellow’s finding a research group with whom to work. It need not be at MGH, but is generally within the Harvard system. You should contact laboratories in which you have interest separately, but we may be able to coordinate funding and clinical/research time with them. Typically, our fellows’ funding comes either from the lab in which they are carrying out their research, or by training grants they have acquired themselves. The program lasts two years.

Research Experience

The fellowship is heavily research-based; fellows typically spend 90% of their time on research. This means that the funding comes from the fellow's research lab. Finding a research lab to work in is an independent process, separate from application to the movement disorders fellowship. Most applicants will already have a strong idea of what research group they want to join.  Research can be carried out within any of the many research institutions in Boston, including non-medical ones such as M.I.T. Although fellows make these research affiliations independently, that process will be integral to making the decision to come here. We are happy to provide guidance to applicants who need more information about research opportunities at Harvard.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experience can be tailored to the fellow's interest, but typically includes exposure to the Botox clinic, deep brain stimulator unit, Huntington's group, and others. Most fellows have one clinic session a week.




Applicants must have completed a three-year neurology residency. In order to apply for a limited license in MA, you must have documentation of the USMLE step 1, step 2 CK, and step 2 CS. International medical graduates may submit an ECFMG instead.







How to Apply

To apply, please send us the following material. You can send the material to me, by e-mail (preferred) or regular mail, at the address below.

  • Your CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement (one-page maximum) of your goals for the fellowship. How many years would you like to stay here (include plans after fellowship? Would you like your training to be all clinical, all research (name particular laboratories or questions in which you are interested), or a mixture? What drew you to movement disorders? What are your plans after your fellowship?
  • Your visa status, if applicable. As you may be aware, movement disorders fellowships do not count as specialty training programs for J1 visa purposes.

If everything above looks promising, we will ask you to come for an interview.

Alice Flaherty MD, PhD
Director, Movement Disorders Fellowship
Mass. General Hospital
15 Parkman St.
Cambridge, MA  02114

Phone: 617-724-9234
Fax: 617-726-4101  


Any candidate who wishes to become a fellow must do so through the Movement Disorder Fellowship (MODIF) Match Network, which has started this year. It is a computerized match similar to the residency matching program. Candidates register with SFMatch at ( and pay a $50 registration fee. You may register at any time before the deadline for submitting your match list. The final date for submitting rank-order lists by both sites and candidates is September 7, 2012.  The SFMatch website will post notification of match results on Monday, September 17, 2012, at 12 noon. Only the applicant will have access to his or her individual posting to learn the match result.




Movement Disorders Fellowship

Wang Ambulatory Care Center, 729B
Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-9234
Fax: 617-726-4101
Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes