MS Fellowship Training

The Division of Neuroimmunology at Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center offers a one or two year fellowship in multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune neurological conditions. The program includes clinical training and/or opportunities to conduct research. Fellows will be required to provide supervised direct patient care in the MS clinic in a busy metropolitan center. Research opportunities can be sought out from multiple ongoing clinical trials, to clinical research projects to neuroimaging research in the Sastry Foundation Advance Imaging Laboratory. Several labs dedicated to immunology including MS, myelin biology, inherited peripheral nerve disease and demyelinating diseases are also available for those interested in the basic sciences.

Clinical Objectives:
(a) Clinical diagnosis and management of MS and immune-mediated neurological diseases.
(b) Use of MRI in clinical practice including interpretation and high-field imaging.
(c) Use of ancillary services for the clinical management of multiple sclerosis and related disorders.
(d) Treatment including use of aggressive treatment strategies including all approved disease modifying therapies.

Research Objectives (optional):
(a) Clinical trial research including trial design, biostatistics, methodology and interpretation of studies.
(b) Opportunity to work in an Sastry Foundation Advance Imaging Laboratory. The imaging work includes routine lesion quantification, segmentation techniques, brain atrophy studies, and non-conventional imaging including MRS, MTR, DTI, and SWI.
(c) Opportunity to work in collaboration with laboratory based neuroimmunologic research with highly established immunologists and neuroscientists.
(d) Opportunity to work in the Spasticity Clinic in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to learn intrathecal baclofen pump in the management of spasticity.
(e) Opportunity to learn to use of botulinum toxin injections for treatment of spasticity
(f) Developing pilot proposal for external funding for second year of fellowship if desired.

Potential Applicants

Candidates who have completed neurology residency training from an accredited training program in North America are eligible to apply. Candidates who have completed one or more years of post graduate medical education and are eligible for a Michian state medical license may apply even if they have not completed a neurology residency.

All candidates are required to have passed all three parts of the USMLE examinations. No exceptions.

Application Requirements:

Please send the following applications to the program director and coordinator.

  1. Updated curriculum vitae
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. USMLE scores/COMLEX scores providing proof of completion
  5. Copy of your Medical School Diploma

In addition, if you are a foreign medical graduate, please provide the following:

  1. ECFMG certificate
  2. Copy of Medical School diploma (provide a certified translation of the diploma if it is not in English)
  3. TOEFL examination (minimum score of 80 required to obtain medical license in Michigan). This is waived if your medical school curriculum was taught in English.

For further information regarding fellowship training, please contact:

Evanthia Bernitsas, MD
Professor of Neurology
Director, MS Center
Program Director, MS Fellowship training program
Ms. Lenora Paul
MS Program Coordinator 
Phone:  313-577-1243