Movement disorders are comprised of a variety of conditions resulting in abnormalities
in the motor system. These include such disorders as Parkinson’s disease and other
Parkinsonian syndromes, tremors, dystonia, tics, and Huntington’s disease. They can
occur in all age groups from infancy to the elderly. In some cases, symptoms are
restricted to problems in motor control while in other cases, cognitive and autonomic
functions can be affected. Training is provided by experts for all of these disorders.
The educational opportunities are immense. Fellowship training involves managing
a large variety of movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, Huntington and
other genetic diseases, the dystonias and spasticity. Fellows are involved in an
active Parkinson's disease surgical program, clinical trials and learning neurolysis
with the botulinum toxins.
Structure of the Program
The structure of the program for entering fellows is individualized based on the
their specific interests and goals. We encourage all fellows to attend Neurogenetic
Clinic, Botox Clinic in addition to the general Movement Disorders Clinics. Second
year schedules are adapted to the individual’s research projects.
Applicants interested in pursuing research in Movement Disorders are particularly
encouraged to apply. Since the fellowship is funded by our center grant, we can
be very flexible in developing an individualized program. Basic scientists can spread
their clinical training over 2 years in order to allow time for obtaining data for
grants and publications. Applicants interested in health services research have
the opportunity to obtain a MPH under the direction of Drs. Barbara Vickery, Eric
Cheng, and Karen Conner. We also have opportunities in studying epidemiology under
the direction of Dr. Beate Ritz and translational research studies and clinical trials
under the direction of Dr. Yvette Bordelon.
We also encourage our fellows to attend the Aspen Movement Disorders Coarse early
in their fellowship to introduce them to the basics of the field. Fellows are also
encouraged to present their research at national and international meetings.
Sample 1st Year Schedule
Duration: One to Two years
Director: Jeff Bronstein, MD, PhD
Prerequisites: Neurology or Neuro-Surgery Residency; California License (or eligible)
and US citizen or permanent resident (due to our funding source); email a letter
of intent, 3 reference letters & a CV.
Salary: UCLA PGY V equivalent
Application Period and Start Date: Accepted 12 months prior to the starting date
of July 1st.
Typical Source of Funding: PADRECC (VA)
Number of Positions funded per year: 2
Is Program Conducted Entierly Within The Department of Neurology? Yes