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The Vascular Neurology (Stroke) Fellowship offers postgraduate training in advanced neurology with specific focus on stroke and cerebrovascular disease. Fellows will train under the guidance of board-certified clinical neurologists with subspecialty training in vascular neurology. Fellows have the opportunity to do clinical stroke research and community outreach.
Comprehensive exposure to all aspects of cerebrovascular disease, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, vascular dementia, prevention and acute stroke treatment, stroke genetics and stroke-related imaging, through outpatient and inpatient clinical rotations is the focus of the fellowship. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center serves as a major stroke center to a large underserved population of more than 2 million patients in central Pennsylvania and is the only tertiary referral center for patients with cerebrovascular diseases in the region. As such, the department manages a wide variety of patients with cerebrovascular disease.
The program offers active participation in clinical and translational research, teaching and community outreach. The fellow will have the opportunity to become actively involved in the area of clinical cerebrovascular research and can choose from a wide variety of ongoing clinical trials in stroke prevention, imaging and acute stroke treatment. The department has many close relationships and collaborations within the institution, with universities in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation, allowing a broad involvement in scholarly activities.
The program allows fellows to be trained in neuroultrasound, stroke-related neuroimaging and neurocritical care. All fellows will participate in multidisciplinary stroke management and cutting-edge acute stroke interventions. Fellows can become involved in community outreach programs and in epidemiology-based stroke research. Fellows will be asked to teach. Teaching responsibilities will involve medical students, residents, CME courses for practicing doctors and patient/lay audiences.
Fellows are expected to provide on-call coverage from home and to be available via pager at assigned periods of time. Such on-call time will not exceed more than six months in each 12-month period of training. All cases will be discussed with the stroke attending, who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but will allow the fellow to become increasingly independent in the management of stroke patients.
Fellows are eligible for three weeks of paid vacation time and one week of educational meeting time to present their poster or oral presentation. Reasonable expenses for attending the educational meeting will be paid by the program. Time for elective rotations and self-directed study will be provided.
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General Application Information
Applications for the Vascular Neurology Fellowship are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Before starting a fellowship, the candidate will have successfully completed an ACGME-approved residency program in neurology. The candidate must be board-eligible or board-certified in neurology.
In addition, applicants must be one of the following:
- A U.S. citizen
- A permanent resident (green card holder)
- The holder of a J-1 visa sponsored through ECFMG
The organization does not sponsor any other visas.
Penn State Health
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.
In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:
- 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
- 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
- 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
- The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
- Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
- Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
- More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
- Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
- Designated as a Magnet hospital three times
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
- Three-floor expansion opened in November 2020
- Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
- Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
- Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
- More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually
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Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.
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Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine celebrate, embrace and support the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.
Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In keeping with this, Penn State Health has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:
- Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
- Periodic town halls on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- An allyship support group
- Many affinity resource network groups, including:
- Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
- Group on Women in Medicine and Science
- Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
- LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
- Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
- Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
- A new organization specifically for trainees, the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows
Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education
The vision at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to provide culturally excellent health care and research for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. The Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education was formed to help meet that goal.
Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Department of Neurology, H037
30 Hope Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033
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