Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship Program

Overview

The Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship program at Penn is designed to train physician-scientists within the field of MS, and is of 2-3 years’ duration. Participants complete post-doctoral training in a basic science laboratory or complete formal training in clinical research methods through the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) Degree program in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). Our fellowship works in collaboration with the Children`s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

The MS Clinic at Penn is recognized as a National MS Comprehensive Care Center of Excellence
  • Neurological care at cutting edge 
  • Integration with ancillary services to provide comprehensive care including rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, urology, psychiatry, etc. 
  • Availability of research studies 
Funding Sources for the Fellowship Include:
  • National MS Society funding to the Division 
  • Transverse Myelitis Association funding 

History of the Multiple Sclerosis Division:

  • University of Pennsylvania MS Division was established in 1958 by Melvin Thorner, the second division in the U.S. created solely for MS care
  • 1963 – 1970 under the direction of Dr. Donald Silberberg
  • In 1970 under the leadership of Dr. Robert Lisak it became the first Comprehensive MS and Research center in the US.
  • Aligned with the Wistar Institute

Fellowship Curriculum

The MSCE program provides rigorous training in clinical research methodology through a combination of didactic coursework and supervised completion of a research project (Master’s Thesis). Core coursework for the MSCE degree includes the following:
  • Introductory Epidemiology (EP 510)
  • Introductory Biostatistics (EP 520)
  • Statistical Methods for Epidemiologic Research (EP 521)
  • Database Management for Clinical Epidemiology (EP 532)
  • Measurement of Health in Epidemiology (EP 542, or other health measurement course)
  • Issues in Research Protocol Development (EP 560)
  • Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature (EP 570)
  • Tutorial in Epidemiologic Research (EP 610)

Alumni

The Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania was instrumental in reaching my goal of an academic career in MS. I trained under the mentorship and supervision of world experts in adult and pediatric MS in clinic and beyond. Penn’s MS fellowship is unique in many ways, not the least of which is the ability to train in adult and pediatric MS and gain valuable experience across the age spectrum. During my fellowship I also completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) with training in epidemiology, biostatistics, database management and decision analysis. My research focuses on novel methods to capture and treat important and complex MS symptoms such as fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. I am also studying novel ways to capture subtle changes in disability and exploring new markers for progression and repair in patients with MS using the anterior visual system and the brain MRI as models for neurodegeneration. My fellowship was funded by the NMSS/American Brain Foundation Clinician Scientist Development Award. During fellowship, I also obtained pilot funding for several other projects and endeavors. I am starting a faculty position as Assistant Professor in Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. I will continue to build on the knowledge and collaborative network that I started at Penn and hope to obtain my first mentored award in the very near future.
–Salim Chahin, MD, Fellow Class of 2014

Application Process

Please address a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation and a professional photo to Amit Bar-Or, MD, FRCPC: amitbar@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Multiple Sclerosis Faculty


Amit Bar-Or, MD

President's Distinguished Professor
Multiple Sclerosis Division Chief
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Brenda Banwell, MD

Chair, Department of Neurology at Children`s Hospital of Philadelphia
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Joseph Berger, MD

President's Distinguished Professor
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Clyde Markowitz, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology
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Dina Jacobs, MD

Professor of Neurology
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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