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About the Program

Purpose, Objectives and Duration

The Movement Disorders Fellowship consists of one to two years of post residency training concentrating on the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders. During the fellowship, the fellow will develop the ability to effectively evaluate and treat patients with movement disorders. This will include the techniques of administration of botulinum toxin for the treatment of dystonia and spasticity, as well as management of patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia who underwent deep brain stimulation surgery. In addition, the fellow will participate in preparing a twice-monthly conference on movement disorders to be presented to medical students, neurology residents, and faculty in the Department of Neurology.


The fellow will work, side-by-side, in the movement disorders clinic with one or more faculty in the movement disorder section. This will provide the opportunity for joint evaluation of patients and discussion of diagnosis, as well as treatment options. Course work in biostatistics and epidemiology is optional.


Face to face conferences are held with the fellow, resulting in written evaluations.


Participation in clinical and/or laboratory research in movement disorders will be required, the focus depending on the fellow’s career goals. Presentation of research at national or international meetings and participation in the writing of scientific manuscripts is expected and is strongly encouraged during the fellowship.


There are no national certifying bodies for Movement Disorders Fellowships but the University of Iowa Movement Disorders Fellowship is listed as one of thirty-one such fellowships in the American Academy of Neurology directory.

The Movement Disorders fellowship training is directly associated with our ACGME (#180-18-21-039) accredited Neurology Residency program at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.