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Multiple Sclerosis

The Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Care and Research Center is pleased to announce the availability of a two-year Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship beginning in July of 2018.  Our clinical fellows will become experts in the diagnosis and clinical care of patients with MS and other autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system.  They will participate extensively in clinical MS research, and will graduate prepared to be leaders in the field of MS.  Due to the richness and depth of our program, the fellowship has the capacity to be tailored to the interest of the individual fellow. 

Who We Are

The Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Care and Research Center is the fastest growing MS Center in New York City.   Located in the world renowned Neurological Institute of New York on the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center campus, our center serves as a referral center for diverse and complex patients throughout the region.  We strive to provide expert, cutting-edge, and compassionate care to each patient.  Our division consists of four neurologists with expertise in MS, including a pediatric MS specialist, as well as a nurse practitioner, infusion nurse, social worker, neuropsychologist, and research coordinators.  We participate in numerous clinical trials including phase II and III trials of disease modifying therapies, as well as numerous investigator initiated projects.  As part of the larger Center for Translational and Systems Neuroimmunology, our clinical care center is closely affiliated with leading scientists in the fields of human immunology and genetics as they pertain to health, aging, and disease.

Clinical Care

Fellows will help participate in the initial workup and ongoing care of MS patients and gain expertise in the diagnosis, disease management, and symptom management of MS.  Over the course of two years, fellows will serve as the initial point of contact for patients and will gain increasing independence in terms of patient management.  They will learn to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of available MS disease modifying therapies, including choice of agent and monitoring requirements.  Fellows will also gain exposure to related fields, including neuro-ophthalmology, neuroradiology, urology, neuropsychology, and rehabilitation medicine, and have the opportunity to spend time with Columbia faculty in these fields.

Clinical Research

Our research mission is closely intertwined with our clinical mission and many of our patients participate in clinical trials and/or registries.  Our fellows will be trained to administer standardized MS assessments, including the Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale and Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite, and will serve as independent raters in clinical trials.  Fellows will also conduct an independent research project of their choosing, with the active mentorship of a faculty member.  Early in their training -  whenever possible, even prior to beginning fellowship -  fellows will work with their research mentor to develop a suitable project.  Fellows will have access to resources such as research coordinators and statisticians and will have the opportunity to collaborate with basic and translational scientists in our immunology and computational laboratories. 

Education

Fellows will have the opportunity to teach neurology residents and medical students in the MS clinic and the hospital wards, and to share their passion for treating MS patients with the next generation of physicians.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants will have completed an approved neurology residency and be eligible for licensure in the State of New York.  Applicants will apply by submitting a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.  Interested applicants may contact:

Claire S. Riley, MD
Medical Director
Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Care and Research Center
csr53@cumc.columbia.edu