The Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Fellowship Program trains physicians to become clinical experts in the diagnosis and management of CNS autoimmune disorders including multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis, neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, neurosarcoidosis, paraneoplastic syndromes, etc.
The fellows work in the nation’s first and only Multiple Sclerosis Patient Centered Specialty Practice, where the focus is placed on the care of the patient, in the spirit of cura personalis. Fellows work in the outpatient clinic with Drs. Tornatore, Mora, Osborne, Amjad, Shin, and Hu. Through this broad and varied clinical training, the fellows gain expertise in the medical management of a diverse clinical syndromes, including training in neuro-ophthalmology (incorporating the use of visual field testing and spectral domain OCT), neuroradiology and spasticity clinic (learning botulinum toxin therapy and management of intrathecal baclofen pumps).
Fellows also work on clinical trials, become proficient on performing the EDSS, and are trained in developing their own research protocols. Some fellows choose to complete a second research-focused year. By handling clinical trials, fellows become familiar with IRB requirements and the role of a principal investigator.
Part of the MS fellowship includes collaboration with our colleagues at the NIH, which includes quarterly neuroimmunology conferences that are held jointly with the MS centers at the NIH and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In addition, our MS fellows participate in our weekly MS center meetings, which include a monthly journal club, a monthly neuroradiology case conference and discussions of challenging cases.
Recently trained fellows have included:
- Dr. April Erwin
- Dr. Faria Amjad
- Dr. Nancy Hu
- Dr. Brian Barry
- Dr. Louis Goodrich
- Dr. Jessica Stevens
The director of the Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Fellowship Program is Dr. Benjamin Osborne ([email protected]).