Multiple Sclerosis & Clinical Neuroimmunology Advanced Training Program

The Multiple Sclerosis and Clinical Neuroimmunology Advanced Training Program at the U-M Medical School Department of Neurology trains qualified, dedicated neurologists to become experts in their field.

The program focuses on the diagnosis and longitudinal management of multiple sclerosis and related inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system.

We offer both a one-year clinical training program and a two-three year clinical research training program. We welcome candidates with interest in adult or pediatric neuroimmunology.

How to Apply

For the 2023-2024 application and interview cycle, our program will be participating in the Neuroimmunology & Multiple Sclerosis Training Match.

Please register and apply through the SF Match. Note, graduates of international medical schools can be considered if the medical school is on the Medical Board of California 2019 list. Candidates with J1 or H1B visa may be considered on a case by case basis.

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Clinical Training Program

The Division of Multiple Sclerosis and Clinical Neuroimmunology trains qualified, dedicated neurologists to become experts in the diagnosis and longitudinal management of multiple sclerosis and related inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system.

Trainees receive comprehensive training through one-on-one supervised patient encounters, didactic sessions and exposure to clinical multiple sclerosis research. Trainees are supervised by the Training Directors and other University of Michigan Multiple Sclerosis / Clinical Neuroimmunology specialists. The duration and structure of the training can be, in part, customized based on the goals and interests of the fellow. Our clinical training program is supported by an Institutional Clinician Training Award from the National MS Society and also received additional support from the NMSS to support individual awards.

Trainees pursuing a 12-month clinical training spend 60-80% of their time seeing patients at the University of Michigan MS and Clinical Neuroimmunology clinic, and the Ann Arbor VA MS clinic, which is a Regional Program for the VA MS Centers of Excellence. The 60-80% clinical activities also include exposure to multidisciplinary care, including neuro-ophthalmology, physiatry, rehabilitation psychology, sleep medicine and other allied disciplines. The remaining time includes mentored scholarly activities, which can include exposure to clinical research, medical education and quality improvement. Community outreach is also prioritized.

We welcome candidates with interest in adult or pediatric neuroimmunology. 

Our clinical training program is supported by an Institutional Clinician Training Award from the National MS Society and also received additional support from the NMSS to support individual awards.

Clinical Research Training

The Division of Multiple Sclerosis and Clinical Neuroimmunology trains promising neurologist candidates who are pursuing clinical research careers in the field of multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, including clinical trials, epidemiology, and health services research. This 2-3 year program integrates clinical activities with mentored research training, to prepare rising clinician-neuroscientists for independent research careers. Trainees receive specialized mentorship, education in clinical research design and additional customized training activities that are germane to career goals, as needed. Specific research projects and training plans that align with the career goals of the trainee are designed with close mentor guidance and supervision.

The University of Michigan offers a vast array of mentorship expertise within and outside the MS Division and Neurology department, with resources to ensure the success of the candidate, including a highly collegial and interdisciplinary neuroscience research community, excellent core resources for biomedical research and strong resources for clinical and health services research. The latter include a very strong School of Public Health, a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the largest academic health services research program in the U.S.

The clinical research training plan should provide the trainee with a solid basis in clinical research and scholarly activity, and establish a foundation for an independent research career focused on the advancement of discoveries in MS and clinical neuroimmunology. Trainees are assisted in securing external grant funding with the help of their mentoring team, to support training activities. Trainees who are successfully funded by external research training grants spend 20-40% of their time seeing patients and the remainder of the time engaged in clinical research training, as outlined by their sponsored training research proposal and research mentors.

Program Leadership
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Assistant Professor of Neurology
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GME Program Administrator
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