Cognitive Fellowship Program

Overview

The Penn Memory Center/Cognitive Neurology Division offers a 2-year fellowship in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). Penn offers a rich environment of clinical and research activities in the field of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. There are 12 faculty (9 MD) in the Cognitive Neurology Division. Our work includes extensive clinical and research interests, including work in neurodegenerative conditions, non-invasive brain stimulation, functional and structural neuroimaging, and cognitive neuroscience. The presence of several affiliated centers allow for broad exposure to multi-disciplinary clinical and research experiences, including the Penn Memory Center (PMC) [housing the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center Clinical Core], Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN), Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR), and the Penn Institute on Aging (IOA). We have an active clinical trials program for Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementias.


Fellowship Curriculum

The fellowship program offers flexibility depending on the career goals of the fellow, but generally has the following structure:

Year 1: ~40-50% clinical time with faculty mentors in the Penn Memory Center, FTD Center, or general Cognitive Neurology. Development of a research project or other scholarship is encouraged. Effort will be made to establish both clinical and research mentors early in the program

Year 2 (Optional): Fellows may spend up to 90% time on a research plan developed and initiated during year 1.

Years 1 through 2: Active participation in clinical trials and other patient-oriented projects. Participation in a variety of educational experiences including the weekly Consensus Conference of the PMC, CCN and IOA lecture series, journal clubs, and selected laboratory meetings of faculty

Alumni

2014 - Sanjeev Vaishnavi, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania
2012 - Alex Pantelyat, MD (joint fellow of both cognitive and movement disorders division; Assistant Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University)
2011 - Erik Musiek, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis)
2010 - Mijail Serruya, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University)
2009 - Peter Turkeltaub MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Neurology, Georgetown University)

Application Process

• Must have an MD and residency training in neurology or psychiatry or a geriatric medicine fellowship
• Please send CV, a personal statement, and 3 letters of reference to the Directors of the fellowship program:

Sanjeev Vaishnavi, MD, PhD (sanjeev.vaishnavi@uphs.upenn.edu)
Director, Penn Cognitive& Behavioral Neurology Fellowship
Penn Memory Center
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

David A. Wolk, MD (david.wolk@uphs.upenn.edu)
Co-Director, Penn Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Fellowship
Penn Memory Center
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Contact Information

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Neurology
3400 Spruce Street
3 W Gates
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Matthew Puhak
Program Coordinator
PennNeuroFellowships@uphs.upenn.edu
(267) 581-2989