Movement Disorders Fellowship

Overview of WSU Dept of Neurology Movement Disorders fellowship

Our program is focused on educating by didactic teaching, supervised experience, and independent learning within a broad range of movement disorders subspecialties:

  • Teaching will be coordinated by Professor Peter LeWitt MD
  • The goal is to provide a thorough grounding in the clinical skills and knowledge needed to serve a patient and academic community with expertise in patient diagnosis and medical management
  • Locations for patient care will be the Detroit Medical Center (including Children's Hospital of Michigan, for pediatric movement disorders), Henry Ford Hospital – West Bloomfield (for experience in deep brain stimulation programming and botulinum toxin administration), and Quest Research in West Bloomfield (for experience in out-patient clinical trials for movement disorders
  • While the goals of the fellowship can be met in 12 months of participation, there is an option for a second year of training as well as independent study and research projects through WSU facilities
  • Attendance at the annual summer course on movement disorders (offered by the International Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Society)
  • Educational topics of special interest to be addressed in the fellowship will be: 
    • developing experience and expertise in the referral process and management of deep brain stimulation therapeutics
    • intrathecal baclofen pump use
    • botulinum toxin selective denervation with electromyographic guidance
    • cognitive testing
    • use of genetic testing for movement disorders
    • medication therapeutics of Parkinson disease

Other activities to be included in the fellowship program will be:

  • exposure to out-patient pediatric movement disorders
  • participation in a Huntington disease Center of Excellence
  • speaking to support groups and other similar outreach activities
  • journal club of current neurological literature

The range of movement disorders that will be topics of study includes:

      • Parkinson disease and other Parkinsonian disorders
      • Dystonia (focal, segmental, hemi-symptomatic, and generalized)
      • Chorea and athetosis
      • Cerebellar ataxia
      • Essential tremor and other tremor disorders
      • Myoclonus and startle disorders
      • Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders
      • Restless limb syndrome and akathisia
      • Gait and balance disorders
      • Drug-induced movement disorders
      • Psychogenic (functional) movement disorders
      • Spasticity
      • Hemifacial spasm and blepharospasm
      • Sleep-related movement disorders

Program Contact:

Professor of Neurology
Program Director, Movement Disorder Fellowship
Sastry Foundation endowed Chair in Neurology
Wayne State University School of Medicine