While in the Autonomic Disorders Fellowship, you are an integral part of the autonomic disorders team. Your responsibilities include evaluating and treating challenging outpatient cases in three half-day clinics, as well as learning to perform and interpret autonomic studies.
Conditions and symptoms you evaluate and treat include:
- Autonomic neuropathies, such as those due to diabetes and amyloidosis
- Autonomic ganglionopathies
- Central autonomic disorders, such as multiple system atrophy and diffuse Lewy body disease
- Baroreflex failure
- Orthostatic intolerance
- Dysfunctional syndromes, such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Pain syndromes with associated autonomic manifestations, such as erythromelalgia and complex regional pain syndrome
- Small fiber neuropathies
- Idiopathic orthostatic hypotension
You have the opportunity to participate in departmental conferences and are required to participate in lecturing and training residents, fellows and visitors in the autonomic lab and clinic. There is direct one-to-one interaction, supervision and education daily.
You participate in clinical case conferences or research at:
- Neurology Grand Rounds, which are held at noon on Mondays
- Other departmental or interdepartmental conferences as needs and opportunities arise
You have excellent research opportunities during your training. The hands-on clinical experiences in this Autonomic Disorders Fellowship, combined with our highly trained laboratory and statistical support teams, create an environment well-suited to scientific investigation.
Your participation in any research project depends on your professional interests and capabilities. Attendance at a national neuroscience meeting is available for original presentations.
Find out more about research in the Department of Neurology.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Autonomic Disorders Fellowship. You are evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and meet with the program director to review these evaluations.
In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.