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The Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program at Mass General is a training program established within the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Neurology with the purpose of training the next generations of outstanding neuropsychiatrists and behavioral neurologists.
The program core faculty body includes our program director, who is double-boarded in neurology and psychiatry, neuropsychiatrists, behavioral neurologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists and a biostatistician.
The fellowship provides a multidisciplinary training environment with access to subspecialty clinics, including the:
All rotations will be in outpatient clinics. You will spend time on each of these clinical services under the supervision of Mass General faculty. The purpose of the rotations is to provide you with adequate experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry disorders including geriatric and neurodevelopmental neuropsychiatric disorders, mild cognitive impairment and dementias including Alzheimer's disease, Frontotemporal Dementia and Lewy-Body Dementia, movement disorders, cerebrovascular disorders, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and brain tumors. Fellows are expected to take part in at least six sessions/week face-to-face patient encounters.
In weekly clinical rounds, you will present cases to senior clinicians expanding your clinical knowledge on several aspects of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry from patient care and system-based practice.
As part of your educational experience, you will attend formal didactics with a diverse curriculum of 40 hour-long classes distributed over the course of the academic year. Topics include:
As part of your clinical training, you will also learn the fundamentals of neuropsychology testing administration and interpretation attending biweekly neuropsychology seminars, which will include case conferences and lectures in the major areas of neuropsychology, and assist neuropsychologists during evaluations.
Integral to the core curriculum is the development of in-depth knowledge of diagnostic studies through attendance of weekly neuroradiology and neurophysiology rounds and monthly neuropathology case presentations.
Through your fellowship, the faculty will strongly encourage you to develop your own clinical and research interests as you access nationally and internationally recognized clinicians and researchers within Mass General and in the neighboring Harvard/MIT Schools. Current areas of research available to fellows encompass basic neurobiology, neurobiology of neurodegenerative diseases, functional neuroimaging, neurophysiology, clinical trials in all psychiatry divisions, epidemiology and international medicine.
Individual weekly supervision with behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry faculty will provide you with the opportunity to discuss clinical cases or specific topics more in depth. You will also meet with the program director to cover issues ranging from patient's care to career development. Emphasis will also be placed on personal well-being, academic growth as well as coping strategies to attend to the demands of training.
Your feedback on the program is crucial to the development of the training academic goals and you will be asked to provide faculty and curriculum evaluations. To maximize your learning experience, please familiarize yourself with the goals of the fellowship program, its organization and requirements.
Fellows will further develop the clinical skills they acquired during residency and will learn to perform a thorough clinical assessment that will combine elements of both neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology data gathering appropriate for each individual case. Fellows will need to be proficient in the neurological and the mental status exam, the selection and administration of the appropriate neuropsychological testing, the use of diagnostic procedures with relevance to both behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, and the interpretation of their results.
Fellows will achieve this goal participating in supervised, direct patient care in the Core and Subspecialties Clinics at Mass General. The program clinics are major referral sites for a wide range of conditions spanning from neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Lewy-Bodies Dementia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), to developmental neuropsychiatry (including acquired and congenital developmental disorders such as Down's syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, ADHD and pervasive developmental disorders), movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, Tourette's), stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors.
Fellows will achieve this goal through:
Fellows will develop an operational knowledge of structural and functional neuroanatomy and will learn to integrate data gathered through the clinical evaluation and the diagnostic studies in order to identify the brain system/s affected in each individual case.
Fellows are encouraged to improve specific areas through self-learning. To this purpose the Francis Countway Library at Harvard Medical School and the Treadwell Library at MGH offer access to a wide range of tutorials and online textbooks, which can help fellows develop their neuroanatomy knowledge covering areas of relative weakness.
Fellows will learn fundamentals of the major diagnostic categories of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry including: epidemiology, genetics, neurobiology and neuroanatomy, clinical manifestations, diagnostic procedures, psychopharmacological treatment, psychotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation, and the roles of social work assessment and support, and family counseling and assistance. This goal will be accomplished through the supervised direct patient care, attendance to the didactics core program, supervision and self-directed learning.
Fellows will expand on previous knowledge on:
In addition they will develop expertise in the use of psychoactive drugs in patients with brain dysfunction and several medical co-morbidities. The fellows will also learn elements of pharmacoeconomics and the importance and challenge of optimal drug choice in the care of complex conditions with high personal and community financial costs.
Fellows will learn to work with and coordinate a multidisciplinary team to provide optimal care to their patients under the supervision of a faculty member. This team will most often comprise the fellow, a neuropsychologist, a psychotherapist, a social worker and at times a cognitive rehabilitation therapist, a vocational rehabilitation therapist, a genetic counselor, and a family therapist. Clinical Rounds, supervision, case presentations will offer a forum to discuss the different aspects of patient's care and the role of individual providers in a multidisciplinary team.
Fellows will have the opportunity to be mentored by world-renowned researchers at Mass General to develop their research career if they elect to do so. All fellows will attend research statistics seminars in their first year of training to gain proficiency in research methods and statistical analysis.
All rotations include individual supervised patient care, individual supervision, attendance of case conferences and self-directed learning. At the end of each rotation you will receive written evaluations to assess your progress. Areas of weakness will be addressed with the help of the program director.
The specifics of each rotation are available for more in-depth review upon request. Several electives are available. We aim to design the clinical and research rotations flexibly to maximize the learning experience and adapt to the individual fellow’s interests.
Elective Clinics (not exhaustive)
Weekly didactic activities include behavioral neurology rounds, neuropsychiatry lecture series and individual supervision.
The Neuropsychiatry Interdisciplinary Conference happens monthly, where particularly challenging cases are presented by fellows and discussed with faculty from psychiatry, neurology, neuropsychology and radiology. In addition, the Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience journal club also takes place monthly.
Fellows will have one protected day per week for academic and research work. This can take place in the many laboratories and clinics at Mass General, in addition to the larger Harvard system and Boston-area academic centers. Fellows are expected to produce at least one publishable manuscript during the course of the fellowship and present it at a scientific or clinical meeting. The program has flexibility to accommodate motivated research-oriented individuals.
Fellows will have access to educational resources from Mass General and Harvard University, including libraries and online resources, in addition to professional meetings.
As part of your application, please include the following:
Please mail hard copies of your application materials to the program director:
Zeina Chemali, MD, MPHDepartments of Psychiatry and NeurologyMassachusetts General Hospital15 Parkman St., WACC 815Boston, MA 02114
Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee throughout the year.
Prospective fellows will be invited to interview from the beginning of September to the end of October, and will start the fellowship in July of following year.
We thank you again for your interest and look forward to receiving your application.
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