Vascular Neurology (Stroke) Fellowship

Program Overview

The Vascular Neurology (Stroke) Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

Program Details

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 our fellowship. We serve as a major stroke center to a large underserved population of more than 2 million patients in central Pennsylvania and are the only tertiary referral center for patients with cerebrovascular diseases in the region. As such, we manage a wide variety of patients with cerebrovascular disease.

We offer 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. We have close relationships and collaborations within the institution, with universities in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation allowing a broad involvement in scholarly activities.

Our 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 epidemiological 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.

Our Team

To Apply

Applications for the Vascular Neurology Fellowship are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We have filled our position for July 2018.

We also have an open fellowship position for July 2017. If you are interested in this, please contact Dr. Kerstin Bettermann or Renee Choyce.

Application Requirements

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, to apply, you 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 (we do not sponsor any other visas)

Faculty

Current Fellows

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Department of Neurology, H037
30 Hope Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

General Contact Information

Fax:  717-531-0384