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Neuromodulation Fellowship

The University of Florida College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry has developed a one or two year full-time fellowship training program in Neuromodulation.

The fellowship offers extensive training in ECT, TMS, tDCS, and DBS.  Training sites include a 10 bed Brain Stimulation Unit located in the UF Health teaching hospital, a DBS clinic located in the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, and two TMS suites located in the UF Health Medical Office Building.

Neuromodulation training is tailored according to the fellow’s area of interest and career goals. There will be both clinical and research components.  Qualified applicants will have completed an accredited psychiatry residency, have passed all necessary exams to obtain a medical license in Florida and be board certified or board eligible.  Upon completion, the fellow will receive documentation certifying their training in multiple brain stimulation technologies.

Herbert Ward, MD

Herbert Ward, MD
Associate Professor

This fellowship is under the guidance of Herbert Ward, M.D. Vice Chair Department of Psychiatry

 

 

 

 

 

Training supervisors include:

 

Louis Solomon, MD

Louis Solomon, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Holbert, MD

Richard Holbert, MD

Kelly Foote, MD

Kelly Foote, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

K. Ahmad Khurshid, MD

K. Ahmad Khurshid, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The specific objectives of the program are educational competencies and include:

Patient care

The fellow will be able to:

  • Determine whether a patient is appropriate for neuromodulation therapy to include ECT, TMS,  tDCS and DBS based on clinical and research criteria
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the administration of these therapies in clinical and research settings, including management of stimulation related side effects
  •  Demonstrate proficiency in administering patient rating scales for depression, anxiety, and OCD

Medical knowledge

The fellow will be able to:

  •  Describe the neurobiology of these neuromodulation technologies
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the technical basis for each stimulation method
  •  List current indications and future directions for neuromodulation

 

Practice-based learning and improvement

The fellow will participate in:

  •  Neuromodulation journal club
  •  Weekly conferences
  •  Clinical teaching sessions

 

Interpersonal and communication skills

The fellow will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, other members of the treatment/ team and referring clinicians about neuromodulation therapies
  • Foster a positive work environment

Professionalism

The fellow will be able to:

  •  Establish a therapeutic alliance with the patient and their family
  •  Conduct him/her with compassion in an ethical and clinically responsible manner

Systems-based practice

The fellow will be able to:

  • Discuss the cost and risk-benefit of neuromodulation therapies
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary treatment/research team
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of ancillary services pertinent to neuromodulation patients and effectively utilize them.