Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Brain Injury Fellowship

The James and Carmela O'Boyle Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Fellowship at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Please use Fellowship Application

Fellowship Description

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, an affiliate of Northwestern University, is offering one to two-year fellowship in brain injury medicine and rehabilitation. The fellowship experience will include experience in working inpatient care at theShirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

This fellowship is designed to be a one or two year training opportunity: year one (the core fellowship) will have a clinical emphasis, while providing for some research involvement as well. There is the potential for an opportunity to continue on to a second fellowship year, which would be primarily research-oriented. In order to continue on into a second year of fellowship training, the candidate would need to identify and secure appropriate research funding (e.g. via internal or external grant awards).

Fellowship Objectives

The core Fellowship Program (year one) will consist of:

I. Management of inpatients on the brain injury unit.
II. Participation in outpatient clinic.
Clinics will include:

III. Performing brain injury consultations
Consultations will be performed at our affiliate acute care facility, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center, under the direction of a member of the Attending Staff.
IV. Participating in combined PM&R/Neurosurgery teaching rounds, both at the AbilityLab and at NMH.
V. Formal and informal teaching opportunities.
VI. Exposure to the AbilityLab's rehabilitation ethics program
VII. Involvement in at least one brain injury-related clinical research project
Fellows may elect to participate in a currently funded project, or may begin during year one to pursue a novel project of specific interest to them. The latter option is particularly encouraged if the Fellow wishes to pursue a second year with a clinical research focus.)

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible candidates will have successfully completed a Residency, and be Board Eligible or Board Certified, in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or in Neurology.

* Preference will be given to Physiatrists
- The intention to pursue an academic career is strongly desired, but not required.

Application Process

Applicants will be expected to submit a letter of interest, C.V. and three professional references to the Fellowship Program Director. The application start date is June 15th. The deadline for the Brain Injury Fellowship is September 15th. We reserve the right to close the application process early if an appropriate candidate is identified.

This Fellowship opportunity is made possible through the generous endowment of the James and Carmelita O'Boyle family.

We are excited to announce that we will be participating in the Match this year.  All applicants should register for the match after it opens on October 12, 2017.

Please make sure you check the following link for more Match information:

The Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Match Day is January 4, 2018.

Contact Us

David L. Ripley, MD

David L. Ripley, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Phone: 312-238-1125

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