Deep Brain Stimulation Fellowship (Minnesota)
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a new and accepted therapy for patients with severe essential tremor, advanced Parkinson's disease, and dystonia. Brain stimulation and other neuromodulatory surgical treatments also will likely emerge as treatments for other indications, such as intractable tic disorders, treatment-resistant epilepsy, and treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders. Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minn., has an extremely active DBS practice, with nearly 100 procedures performed each year.
The goals of Mayo Clinic's one-year Deep Brain Stimulation Fellowship are to:
- Produce neurologists or neurosurgeons who are highly qualified in deep brain stimulation and can identify candidates for DBS treatment.
- Train neurologists or neurosurgeons in the intraoperative physiology that helps guide stimulator placement.
- Train neurologists or neurosurgeons to manage patients' brain stimulators postoperatively so that they can assume the long-term care of these patients.
- Encourage the fellow to engage in the academic practice of deep brain stimulation by active participation in research.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your program training. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and will meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.
The Deep Brain Stimulation Fellowship Program at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota will accept its first fellow to begin its program in 2009. Going forward, the anticipation is that one fellow will complete this program annually.